Summer Dance Intensive

SDI is Transformative. Clarifying. Challenging. Communal. Enduring.

Join us for an exciting in-person summer! Applications open online in January 2022.
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June 16–July 17, 2022
Ages 18+


  • Choose three core classes for consistent weekday training in a range of forms and cultural traditions
  • Drop into evening and weekend classes, showings, and discussions


  • Participate in 10+ student performing opportunities
  • Dance in new works for the ADF performance season with Footprints choreographers Charles O. Anderson, Kimberly Bartosik, and Shen Wei
  • Perform in International Choreographers Residency (ICR) projects, repertory class showings, and student choreography showcases


  • Work alongside renowned choreographers in collaborative processes
  • Create and perform your own works with fellow ADF artists
  • Experience 15+ performances by companies from the US and abroad
  • Build enduring relationships with ADF faculty and dancers from around the world


Students that enroll part-time may enroll in one regular class, receive tickets to performances, and take drop-in classes. Part-time students are restricted from auditioning for some performance opportunities, reserving rehearsal space, living in on-campus housing, and applying for scholarships.


Apply here for the Tuition Scholarship, Matching Scholarship, or Work-Study Program. Over 60% of students receive some kind of financial support from ADF. Awards range from $200-$2,275.

No audition required for acceptance; live or video audition required for scholarships and select performance opportunities.

the STUDENT experience

“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