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Pilobolus performs at ADF. Photo by Ben McKeown.

American Dance Festival

Throughout its 87-year history, ADF has been a nationally recognized leader in our indigenous art form of modern dance. Generations of dancers and choreographers have come to ADF as students, taught as faculty, and created and performed work as professional artists. Each summer, ADF has been the beating heart of the dance world. The best companies in the world premiere work on ADF’s stage, much of it commissioned by the festival. Other festivals and season programs are measured against ADF. Over 25,000 people see performances by more than 20 companies each season. The festival has commissioned 442 works and premiered over 700 pieces including
Throughout its 87-year history, ADF has been a nationally recognized leader in our indigenous art form of modern dance. Generations of dancers and choreographers have come to ADF as students, taught as faculty, and created and performed work as professional artists. Each summer, ADF has been the beating heart of the dance world. The best companies in the world premiere work on ADF’s stage, much of it commissioned by the festival. Other festivals and season programs are measured against ADF. Over 25,000 people see performances by more than 20 companies each season. The festival has commissioned 442 works and premiered over 700 pieces including dances by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor. Each summer at ADF, more than 300 students from some 28 countries and 38 states study with ADF’s 70 faculty members. They come as kids in leotards with as many doubts as dreams. They leave as dancers and artists — and sometimes even new members of companies. Lives change in those 5½ sweaty weeks. Beyond the summer, ADF maintains year-round dance studios offering movement classes to over 650 participants, provides over 180 free classes to almost 4,000 local dancers, and offers choreographic residencies providing artists with the necessary space and time to create.

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ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios
721 Broad Street
Durham , NC 27701

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios

721 Broad Street
Durham , NC 27701

Current and Upcoming Programming

Sep 13th - Dec 13th, 2020
TECHNIQUE, MUSICALITY, AND THE JOY OF MOVEMENT WITH GERRI HOULIHAN Sundays 1-2:15pm on ZOOM Septem...

$10 per class

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Oct 23rd - Oct 25th, 2020
Friday, October 23 at 8:00pm ET until Sunday, October 25 at 10:00pm ET Presented via Vimeo $10 Stu...

$10 Student Ticket/ $18 Individual Ticket/ $25 Multiple Person Ticket

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Past Programming

Sep 30th - Oct 4th, 2020
Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s Keep Moving September 30 through October 4 With choreography and...

Donation-based event

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Sep 15th, 2020
Unpacking INTRODUCTION – Cultural Appropriation, Kinesthetic Anthropology and Post-African Neo Hoodo...

$7 Student, $12 Individual, $17 Multiple Viewers

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Aug 11th, 2020
Sara Juli’s Burnt-Out Wife is presented virtually by ADF, Dixon Place, Portland Ovations, and SPACE,...

Individual Ticket $12 Multiple Person Ticket $17

Price of the ticket includes free admittance to a follow-up Zoom discussion with Jodee Nimerichter, Sara Juli ,& Chris Ajemian

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Jun 8th - Jun 14th, 2020
In an effort to support local creativity and choreographers and to continue engaging audiences, ADF ...

Free

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May 26th, 2020
Join us every other Tuesday for conversations moderated by ADF’s Executive Director Jodee Nimerichte...

Free

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