Another significant aspect of the dance program is Hollins' connection with the American Dance Festival (ADF) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Students may choose to attend ADF both in the summer and during Short Term for more focused study, with the option of earning academic credit.
Hollins University, in partnership with American Dance Festival, offers a 60-credit M.F.A. program that gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves for six weeks in the international community of the ADF followed by the intimate learning atmosphere at Hollins. Using the resources of both institutions, the program offers two tracks.