Summer Dance Intensive

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 will be working remotely. You may reach us via email at 

June 18–July 25, 2020
Ages 18+

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is: Transformative. Challenging. Clarifying. Confidence-building. Career-launching. Communal. We believe movement is powerful and have designed SDI to enable you to experience how dance creates personal, cultural, and political change.

In SDI, you design your own curriculum. Four days a week for five weeks, you’ll take three core classes of your choosing. On other days, you’ll participate in as many drop-in classes, showings, and discussion groups as you like. In the evenings, you’ll attend performances by an international roster of artists. If you’re a maker, you can create and perform your work here. If you’re an activist, the ADF community is your hub for generating and advancing new ideas. If you’re a performer, you can dance in student choreographed works, or audition for repertory classes and Footprints, our signature program in which you create a piece for premiere on the ADF season with 2020 Footprints choreographers Charles O. Anderson, Kimberly Bartosik, and Shen Wei. What moves you to dance? Share it here.

Each year, ADF chooses a critical lens that allows us to situate our dancing within concerns that are relevant to today’s world. In 2020, the intensive will consider the question: How does dance allow you to explore and realize your wildest imaginings? The ADF School community will explore this question through dancing, discussion, and marvelous flights into our individual and collective imagination.

Summer dance intensive overview


Let your summer dancing count towards your degree! You can receive up to 2 course credits by taking the Summer Dance Intensive for academic credit. Find out more here


Part time students enroll in one regular class (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays), receive tickets to performances, and can take classes in the drop-in schedule (WFSS). Part time students are restricted from reserving rehearsal space and living in on-campus housing.


Expand your knowledge through classes in a range of forms and cultural traditions. Core classes include contemporary movement practices, African dance forms, ballet, creative practices, hip-hop, improvisation, repertory, and more. Drop-in classes, masterclasses with performing companies, and workshops allow you to add complexity to your regular schedule and experience different teachers.


Share your artistry in 10+ student performing opportunities. These include the Footprints program, repertory classes, International Choreographers in Residence concert, student concerts, and class showings. Experience 15+ performances by companies from the US and abroad. You’ll see as many as three performances a week at the festival! 2020 artists will be announced in the coming months.


“ADF helped me to find myself in a way that I did not know I even needed. I can’t wait to see how my experience at ADF circles back around in the future.” –Abigail Linnemeyer, 2019 SDI Student

“I have never felt more inspired, pushed, and strong when dancing than I have being at ADF. I have found a community of movers, thinkers, and beautiful people who will continue to shape my world far beyond just these five weeks.” – Tatiana Lovera, 2019 SDI student

“ADF is a life-changing experience that challenged my body as well as inspired me intellectually. With the best classes, deep discussions, talented peers, mind blowing performances–sublimity.”- Julia Zhao,  2019 SDI Student