General Information

Professional Training Program:  July 11 – July 31, 2021


 COVID-19 Information

With health and safety as a priority, BDF will accept a cohort of 35 students, with a fixed schedule for the duration of the program. Dancers will participate in two morning technique classes, followed by a deep dive into process and making each afternoon. Evening workshops, panels, performances, and rehearsal space will round out the program, offering more time for personal practice, feedback and investigation.

BDF is dedicated to creating a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, artists, and audiences. We will follow all CDC guidelines regarding arrival, testing, quarantining, masking, and distancing. Students will receive detailed information at the time of their acceptance into the program as well as monthly updates if any policies change.

 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 enrolled in the full three-week program must arrive on Sunday, July 11, between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. All students must depart campus on Saturday, July 31, 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. Only single rooms are available. Rooms and studios are not air-conditioned. Students living on campus must adopt the meal plan. Delicious meals will be served to-go from College’s Dining Commons with several choices of entrees daily, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

  Evening And Weekend Events

The 2021 Festival will feature outdoor performances, workshops, screenings, and panel discussions. A majority of these events will be held in person and there will also be online offerings including artist talks and digital performances. Students receive complimentary tickets to all performances.

  Course Selection & Registration

Dancers who enroll in this three week, in-person experience will enroll in the full program and take the full course schedule outlined here.

 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