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DURHAM, North Carolina--The American Dance Festival The American Dance Festival is a six-week summer festival of modern dance performances, and a school for dance currently held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  has provided a home for modern dance for much of the art form's history. The ADF's sixty-sixth season, June 10 to July 24 on the Duke University campus, marks the conclusion of a five-year celebration of 100 years of modern dance with the greatest number of commissions in the festival's history: sixteen.

Tracing its roots to 1934 in Vermont when Bennington College Bennington College, at Bennington, Vt.; coeducational (originally for women); chartered 1925, opened 1932. Its curriculum is based on individual interests and needs.  offered summer classes in modern dance followed by a festival the next year, the ADF (1) (Application Development Facility) An IBM programmer-oriented mainframe application generator that runs under IMS.

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 codirectors Charles and Stephanie Reinhart. "We've been true to the commitment to help the choreographers make new work, find a wider audience, and train dancers and choreographers coming up," Stephanie Reinhart says.

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. In 1997 the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded a three-year grant of $1.826 million to the ADF to encourage new works through the Doris Duke Millennium Awards for Modern Dance and Jazz Music Collaborations and the Doris Duke Awards for New Work.

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 Orchestra as well as fund new works by Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Meredith Monk, Martha Clarke, Eiko & Koma, John Jasperse, and David Dorfman. All but Monk will debut works at the festival. Other ADF commissions will feature the collaboration of writer-artist Maurice Sendak with Pilobolus and Dorfman's dance created for and set on the Durham-based African American Dance African American dances in the vernacular tradition (academically known as "African American vernacular dance") are those dances which have developed within African American communities in everyday spaces, rather than in dance studios, schools or companies.  Ensemble.

These premieres continue a long tradition in which more than 200 dances have received their first performances at the festival, including such classics as Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels (1948), Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane pavane

Stately court dance introduced from southern Europe into England in the 16th century. The dance, consisting of forward and backward steps to music in duple time, was originally used to open ceremonial balls; later its steps became livelier and it came to be paired
 (1949), Merce Cunningham's Summerspace (1958), and Taylor's Aureole aureole, in physics
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Taylor also attended the festival as a student. "The festival was a turning point in my life," he said, when announcing a benefit concert for ADF during the 1981 season. "It got me started with a new kind of life that I wanted." As a festival student, Taylor saw Graham for the first time. "She was wearing red and walking across a green lawn," he said. "She was carrying a red parasol and looked very theatrical. It's a picture that I will never forget. She saw me in class and said she wanted me. She got me for six years." Taylor danced in her company before founding his own troupe.

This year's ADF summer school promises to have the largest attendance ever with the youngest students, ages 12 to 16, displaying a greater mastery of modern technique than in the past, the Reinharts add. "These are not kids whose parents are looking for Looking for

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 a place to put them in the summer," says Charles Reinhart. "They're dancers."

The festival has also encouraged up-and-coming dancemakers through its Emerging Generation and Young Choreographers and Composers in Residence programs. Famous "graduates" include Jones, Mark Dendy, Mark Morris, Tharp, and Laura Dean.

In the last two decades, the festival has looked back to honor black choreographers and forward to encourage the spread of modern dance around the world. In 1987 it began the Classic Revivals and Black Tradition in American Modern Dance project to pay homage to and preserve the works of black choreographers, beginning with Donald McKayle, who set his Games on the African American Dance Ensemble. Over the years, the project has presented such classics as Pearl Primus's Strange Fruit, McKayle's Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Eleo Pomare's Blues for the Jungle, and Talley Beatty's Mourner's Bench, performed by the Joel Hall Dancers, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadanco, which will also present an ADF-commissioned premiere this summer by Barak Marshall.

Marshall will show another new work as one of the three ADF commissions in the International Choreographers' program that includes work by Tatiana Baganova from Russia and Li Han Zhong and Ma Bo from China. A part of the festival since 1987, this program grew out of the International Choreographers' Residency Program established in 1984 to allow foreign dancemakers to immerse themselves in modern dance.

The festival continues to recognize lifetime contributions to the art form through the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award of $25,000. Pina Bausch will receive the award on June 20. To acknowledge the value of great teachers, the ADF established the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 1991. This season the award recognizes Viola Farber, founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, founder of her own company and studio, and distinguished teacher, who died last year.

The ADF develops audiences through community classes, lectures, and demonstrations. "We know what modern dance is not," says Charles Reinhart. Over the past two decades, ADF audiences have seen the wide range of what modern dance can be--dances have been presented in a garden, creek, swimming pool, on the grass, and in trees.

As for the future, the festival, already online at www.AmericanDanceFestival.org, plans to expand its cyberspace offerings to facilitate international linkages and make its archival material more available in hopes of encouraging humanistic studies and dialogues.
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