Explore Modern Dance With the American Dance Festival
ADF favorites such as Pilobolus introduce kids to modern dance in fun, accessible matinee performances.
Photo courtesy of Gregory Georges
If your family hasn’t yet been among the more than 26,000 people per season attending performances at the American Dance Festival — hosted in Durham for 40 years now — this is the year to make it happen. Performances and other public events take place at the Durham Performing Arts Center and numerous other venues in Durham (including Reynolds Industries Theater, PSI Theatre at The Durham Arts Council, the Nasher Museum of Art and the Car Studio at Durham School of the Arts), plus the Cary Theater.
The ADF’s 84th season kicks off with an all-North Carolina program at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at DPAC and runs through July 29. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.
If you’d like to introduce modern dance to your children, ADF has you covered. Each summer the schedule includes special children’s Saturday matinees featuring kid-friendly performances by some of the most exciting groups at the festival. These one-hour shows begin at 1 p.m. at DPAC and are specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of children. The shows are followed by a free after-party in the DPAC lobby, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks and additional activities.
This year’s children’s matinee line-up will feature:
- Pilobolus: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 1
- Paul Taylor Dance Company: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 8
- Mark Morris Dance Group: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 22
Tickets to the children’s matinees are $16 each, or families may purchase a subscription to all three performances for $32.25. Learn more about the festival, ADF Kids programming, summer camps and other special events at americandancefestival.org.