Housing, Travel, & Meals

Carving out time and traveling from all over the world to North Carolina can be a big undertaking. We strive to provide resources and amenities that will make the ADF experience enjoyable and safe, assisting each student and their unique situation to our best ability. ADF students have a range of housing and meal options at Duke University and in the immediate Durham area. Both ADF and Duke have designed services to provide ease in the day-to-day festival experience. This allows students to focus on the most important thing… DANCING!



On Sunday, July 5, students should arrive between the times of 11am to 1pm and check-in on Duke’s East Campus, followed by an orientation for students and parents. In the late afternoon and evening there will be events to allow students and dorm counselors to get acquainted. Regularly scheduled classes will begin on the following Monday.


The students will perform in the early afternoon of Saturday, July 25, the last day of the Intensive, for family, friends and ADF community members. Following the performance, there will be a goodbye party hosted by ADF for students, parents, teachers, and dorm counselors. Students will check-in out of the dorms between 3pm and 4pm. 

*Late arrival/early departure: It is not recommended that students arrive late or depart the festival early, however, it will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Fees will not be prorated if a student misses days during the program. Please contact the school office if a student will be arriving late or departing early.


All Pre-Professional Dance students who are traveling alone will be picked up from the airport, bus station, or train station by an ADF representative and driven to campus.

Interactive Map of Duke University’s campus and ADF important locations – including studios and performance spaces.

By Car: The ADF summer office is located in Wilson Dorm on Duke University’s East Campus. The address that works best with a GPS is: 1320 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27708. Driving directions

By Air: The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University.

By Bus: Greyhound and Megabus buses arrive and depart from the station located at 515 W Pettigrew St in Downtown Durham.

By Train: There is an Amtrak station located in downtown Durham at 601 W Main St in Downtown Durham.

Car Service: Lyft and Uber provide easy transportation to and from the airport and around Durham.

Shuttle Service: Charlene’s Safe Ride is a trusted and economical company that provides a shuttle service to and from the airport and around Durham.



Pre-Professional Dance students will live in double (shared) rooms in an air-conditioned dormitory on Duke’s East Campus. Single rooms may be requested and available on a limited basis. Dorms come equipped with a bed (42″ high off ground, extra long twin), dresser, desk, bookshelf, chair, and closet. Please note that bedding and linens are not provided. All dorm residents in the dorms will share bathrooms, kitchens, and common rooms with other ADF participants. Students under the age of 18 will be in a separate dorm from students over the age of 18. Dorm rooms cannot be guaranteed unless paid by the May 15, 2020 deadline.

Students who live in the area have the option to commute daily during the Intensive.  

dorm counselors

Dorm counselors will be with students during all meals, classes, performances, activities, and travel to and from all locations. They supervise students at all times. They are key part of the community and offer support and mentorship to students inside and outside of the classroom. 

Dorm counselors are selected via an application process. All have previous experience as counselors or teachers in summer camps or dance intensives, or as college residence assistants. Most are pursuing degrees in the dance field, recently completed a degree in the dance field, and/or are actively working in the dance field. Counselors undergo training at ADF that allows them to get to know one another and prepare to create a supportive community for PDI.

Community Life

The Pre-Professional Dance Intensive is a life-changing experience, designed to create thoughtful dancers who exhibit personal integrity and community-mindedness. In addition to rigorous technical and creative training in the dance studio, this Intensive prioritizes community building; respect for difference; and responsibility both inside the classroom as well as in daily life. All students are expected to contribute to an environment where individual actions do not violate the integrity of the community. Intimidation, harassment, and bullying will not be tolerated.

All students accepted into this Intensive must sign a commitment statement affirming that they will adhere to the community rules established to guarantee a safe, healthy, and happy environment for all participants. To ensure that all students are emotionally and physically present and integrated into the program, restrictions will be placed on cell phone and internet usage. Cell phones and internet-enabled devices brought to ADF will be collected at the beginning of the program and are only distributed to students during phone home times or to support the classroom learning experience.



Duke University Dining Services in the East Union Marketplace will provide on-campus food service for student residents. All students living on campus are on the money-saving ADF Meal Plan included in the room and board fee, which covers 3 meals per day for the entire three weeks. Please note that there are no refunds for unused meals.


Students who commute from home will be required to purchase the lunch meal plan, which covers lunches seven days per week for the three weeks. For dinners on performance nights, commuters will eat in the East Campus Union Marketplace on a pay-per-meal basis, and will need to bring additional money for these meals (cash or credit/debit cards). Per Duke University policies, students who bring a packed lunch will not be allowed to eat in the Marketplace with the other students. 

2020 rates
Breakfast: $13.00
Lunch: $17.15
Dinner: $18.65

A note about food tax at Duke University: All meals at the Duke University Marketplace will be taxed at the current local rate of 7.5%. Anyone who purchases meals using cash or credit will be taxed in addition to the per-meal cost.