General Information

Professional Training Program:  July 19 – August 9, 2020

 The Location

The Festival is held on the beautifully landscaped campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a 45-minute drive from Portland and west of the extraordinary Maine coast. While most festival events occur on campus, there is time to explore the surrounding community of Lewiston-Auburn, two vibrant sister cities that straddle The Androscoggin River.

 Arrival & Orientation

Students may enroll for one, two or three weeks.

Students enrolled in the full three-week program must arrive on Sunday, July 19, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. All students must depart campus on Sunday, August 9, by 12 p.m.

Students attending for one or two weeks must arrive on Sunday between 12-3 p.m. and depart on Saturday by 12 p.m.


The Portland International Jetport, serviced by Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Jetblue, Southwest, United and US Airways, is a 45-minute drive from the Bates campus. Concord Coach and Amtrak serve Portland.  Greyhound Bus (Vermont Transit) serves Lewiston directly and Concord Coach has stations in Auburn.

 Room & Meals

Students are housed in College dormitories with other students of similar age. Single and double rooms are available. Rooms and studios are not air-conditioned. Students living on campus must adopt the meal plan. Delicious meals are served in the College’s Dining Commons with several choices of entrees daily, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

  Evening And Weekend Events

Evening events include performances, workshops, film and video showings, panel discussions and informal jams. Full-time students (full-day for the entire 3-week program) receive complimentary tickets to all performances. Part-time students (less than full-day, or one-week intensive students) may purchase reduced price tickets for main stage events. On weekends students may explore the beauty of Maine by joining organized outings or elect to participate in workshops on campus.

  Course Selection & Registration

Courses and registration information will be available on November 22, 2019.

 College Transcript

All students who successfully complete a full course load for three weeks during the Bates Dance Festival may earn one Bates College credit (pass/fail), which is equivalent to 4.0 semester hours of credit. Requests for transcripts must be made in writing directly to the Bates College Registrar.

 Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available to qualifying students.  See Scholarship section for details.

Scholarship Details