Application & Fees

IMPORTANT: ADF 2020 Summer Season Update

It is with incredible sadness that we share that we have made the important decision to cancel the 2020 ADF season, which includes the Summer Dance Intensive, the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, and the Dance Professional Workshops. In caring for the well-being of our community, it feels like the only option, and we need to do it now because of all of the implications of waiting longer. We are heartbroken for the lost opportunities for all of the artists, teachers, students, audiences, staff, interns, and ADF fans.

Students who have applied received more detailed information via email about refunds on payments, including any deposit and/or tuition payments, as well as deferring acceptance and scholarships. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund the $50 application fee.

As you make your way through these uncertain times, we encourage you to keep dancing. Draw upon all that you know by virtue of being a dancer, fully embodied, endlessly creative, and passionately driven. 

ADF Staff are working remotely. You may reach us via email at 



Summer 2020 tuition includes the cost of all classes, tickets to performances during the three weeks, and extra curricular activities.      

 Application Fee   $50 Nonrefundable
 Tuition   $1,750  $300 deposit is nonrefundable, credited towards tuition
 Room & Board   $1,545*  Double A/C dorm room + 3 meals per day 
 Dorm Damage & Key Deposit   $175  Required for dorm residents, refunded after the program
 Commuter Lunch Meal Plan   $260*  Required for all commuters, covers 1 lunch meal 7 days per week
 Student Health Center Fee   $73.50  Please refer to this page by Duke to see all services covered by the Health Fee.
 Wire Transfer Fee  $50   For international students who require bank to bank wire transfers 
 Withdrawal Fee  $40  
 Visa Fee  $125  
 Returned Check Fee  $30  

*These fees are estimates. Finalized amounts will be confirmed in early Spring 2020.

Please note:

  • The application fee and tuition are required fees. All dorm residents must purchase the Room and Board fee and Commuter students are required to purchase the Commuter Lunch Meal Plan.         
  • Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by May 15, 2020.

how to apply

We are currently not accepting new applicants for our programs at this time.

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Application Requirements

  1. Fill out an online application form
  2. Complete the following within the online application:
    • Demonstration of dance skill level via live or video audition
    • Personal Statement via video audition
    • Instructor Assessment Form
  3. Submit $50 non-refundable application fee (not credited toward tuition).
  4. If applying for financial assistance, please see the specific instructions on the scholarship page for additional submission materials required. Students may apply for scholarships once they have been accepted into the program. 

For technical issues with the Acceptd online application, call or email 888-725-2122 or

Audition & Application requirements

Visit the Audition and Application Requirements page for details. 


Due to the rigor of this program, dancers applying should currently be enrolled in at least ten hours of training per week and have a minimum of three consecutive years of prior dance training with a strong technical foundation.

Returning students

Students that were previously accepted into and/or have attended the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive may submit a shorter video audition for both the demonstration of dance skill and their personal statement, and should contact us at to confirm further instructions prior to applying.

APPlication deadlines & important dates

Application Deadlines 2020

February 2  Application deadline #1 (early decision)
March 2  Application deadline #2
April 1  Application deadline #3

Applicants are notified of their acceptance into the program 1-2 weeks following a deadline (or a live audition).

scholarship deadlines 2019

March 2  Scholarship application deadline #1 (early decision) 
April 1  Scholarship application deadline #2

Applicants are notified of their scholarship decision 1-2 weeks following a deadline.


May 15  Final payment due
May 15  All completed forms due
May 15  Last day to withdraw and receive a refund, less the $300 deposit, $50 application fee, and a $40 withdrawal fee.
July 5  Arrive at ADF!
July 25  Student performance for the ADF community and your families! Depart ADF.


HEALTH insurance

Participants in all programs must provide ADF with proof of adequate health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for obtaining adequate coverage on their own. Proof of coverage must be provided before arrival. Students will not be allowed to take class until the ADF School office has their insurance information on file – no exceptions!


For basic health needs that can be taken care of in a clinic, Duke University allows ADF students the option to pay a Student Health Center Fee and take advantage of the outpatient services on campus. Examples of services provided include medical care for illnesses and minor injuries, medication dispensed by the Center’s pharmacy for short-term treatment of acute problems, and basic laboratory services. This fee does NOT COVER emergency room or hospital visits. Please refer to this page by Duke to see all services covered and not covered. It’s important to reference these pages before pursuing services at the center. Please note that purchasing the Student Health Center Fee DOES NOT take the place of health insurance. 

how to make a payment

Payment Instructions

  • Applicants submit payments for the application fee, deposit and program through their online application. Applicants can access their application by logging in to their Acceptd online account and clicking the yellow “continue” button next to their ADF application to continue on to the next application or payment phase.
    • When completing the initial online application, applicants must submit a $50 application fee.
    • Once accepted into the program, the applicant will be taken into the scholarship phase where they can apply for all scholarship opportunities available at ADF! No payments required at this phase of the application.
    • After submitting the scholarship application (or selecting they do not want to apply for scholarships), applicants will be moved into the $300 deposit phase and must complete the deposit to confirm their spot in the program within 30 days of acceptance.

payment details

  • Applicants may also call to make a payment over the phone or mail a check. 
  • For payment assistance, please contact our online registration platform (Acceptd) through email at or phone at 888-725-2122.
  • ADF accepts the following forms of payment:
    • All major credit/debit cards
    • Personal checks
    • Bank check, certified check, or cashier check
    • Money order
  • Checks should be made out to “ADF” or “American Dance Festival” and mailed to ADF School, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708.
  • All student accounts must be paid in full by the May 15th deadline. Payments must be received or postmarked by this date. 
  • Payment after the deadline requires special arrangements with the ADF School office.



 (Accepted students)

  • Summer 2020:
    • May 15, 2020: All paid tuition (less the $300 deposit), housing and meal fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before this date.
    • May 16–July 5, 2020: Tuition (less the $300 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed note from a doctor is required. Housing and meal fees will be refunded in full.
    • After July 5, 2020: Tuition will not be refunded for any reason. Prorated housing and meal fees will be refunded if a student leaves the festival early with approval from Duke University.
  • All withdrawals from a program will incur a $40 withdrawal fee. ADF refunds, if applicable, will be processed within 3-4 weeks of withdrawing.

Withdrawal (Students not accepted into the program)

  • Students not accepted into the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive will be refunded all tuition, dorm, meal, and any additional fees paid towards the program. The only non-refundable fee for students not accepted is the $50 application fee. 
  • Refunds for students not accepted into the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive will be issued within two weeks of admittance notification. 

After Summer Refunds

  • Refunds for dorm damage and key deposits will be refunded by December 2020, after ADF receives final billing from Duke University.


The ADF School welcomes and encourages students from around the world to apply to the ADF School. International students enhance the ADF community and contribute to the education and personal growth of fellow students and faculty. Over the years, ADF has hosted students from many countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Trinidad, to name just a few. 

ADF can provide limited support for obtaining a visa to attend ADF. Pre-Professional Dance Intensive international students who need a visa to attend ADF should email EARLY so that the visa is obtained in a timely manner. Visa appointments may need to be booked as early as three months in advance of the festival.

In light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we do not currently know if there will be travel restrictions in place during the ADF 2020 season. If you apply to attend one of ADF’s educational programs and cannot attend due to a travel restriction that is in place when the festival opens, ADF will refund any deposit and/or tuition payment. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.

The ADF and Duke University offer equal opportunity of admission to all applicants.