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British Ballet Organisation Scholarship Essays

Dance training is undoubtedly expensive. Thankfully, there are thousands of scholarships that can supplement your tuition costs, whether you're training at a studio, competition or convention, or at the collegiate level. We've gathered details on a variety of merit- and need-based awards. See websites for how to apply.


M=merit-based award

N=need-based award

Studios, Schools & Companies

A&A Ballet

Chicago, IL

Contact: Alexei Kremnev

312.545.2142

aacenterfordance@gmail.com

aacenterfordance.org

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (10) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for youth company

Acrobatic Arts

Worldwide, CA

Contact: Shelby Hanet

403.828.3379

admin@acrobaticarts.com

acrobaticarts.com

AcroDance Teacher Certification 1 (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 31, 2017

AcroDance Teacher Certification 2 (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Ailey School

New York, NY

Contact: Admissions

212.405.9000

admissions@alvinailey.org

theaileyschool.edu

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (40–50 for ages 17–21; 20–30 for ages 15–17) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 16, 2017, via annual audition

Ajkun Ballet Theatre

New York, NY

Contact: AjkunBT artistic staff

646.368.9800

artisticstaff@ajkunbt.org

ajkunbt.org

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (10) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for company traineeship

Deadline: December 20, 2017 (for funds dispersed in the following fiscal year)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (20) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for ballet intensive

Deadline: December 20, 2017 (for funds dispersed in the following fiscal year)

Amount: Less than $250 (50) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October 1, 2017

AjkunBT Fund (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition for international exchange

Deadline: December 20, 2017 (for funds dispersed in the following fiscal year)

University of Dance (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (10)

Pays for: Tuition for summer intensive in Italy

Deadline: December 20, 2017 (for funds dispersed in the following fiscal year)

American Dance Festival

Durham, NC

Contact: Nicolle Wasserman

919.684.6402

school@americandancefestival.org

americandancefestival.org

ADF School Matching

Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition (If an organization can provide you scholarship funds, ADF will match.)

Dance Professionals Workshop
Tuition Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018

3-Week School Tuition

Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018

6-Week School Tuition

Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018

6-Week School Work-Study

Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

North Miami Beach, FL

Contact: Ruby Issaev

305.948.4777

abtflorida@aol.com

artsballettheatre.org

Dr. Jules Oaklander Scholarship
Fund (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (12)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Backhausdance

Orange, CA

Contact: Jennifer Backhaus

714.497.3137

summerintensive@backhausdance.org

backhausdance.org/intensives

Backhausdance Summer Intensives at Chapman University (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (75)

Pays for: Tuition

By live or video audition only

Ballet Academy East

New York, NY

Contact: Julia Dubno

212.410.9140

jdubno@baenyc.com

balletacademyeast.com

Ballet Academy East Male Scholarship Fund (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition and housing

Deadline: September 18, 2017

Ballet Academy East Scholarship
Fund (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 18, 2017

Ballet Austin

Austin, TX

Contact: Eugene Alvarez

512.476.9151

Eugene.Alvarez@balletaustin.org

balletaustin.org

Butler Fellowship Program (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (up to 15)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded through summer program

Ballet Austin Academy

Austin, TX

Contact: William Piner

512.501.8704

bill.piner@balletaustin.org

balletaustin.org

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (20–50 yearly) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Ballet des Amériques

Port Chester, NY

Contact: Shirley Rodriguez

646.753.0457

admin@balletdesameriques.com

balletdesameriques.com

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October

Amount: $500–$1,000 (5) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October

Amount: $250–$500 (5) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October

Ballet Fantastique

Eugene, OR

Contact: Hannah Bontrager

541.342.4611

hbontrager@balletfantastique.org

balletfantastique.org

Barbara Becraft Apprenticeship Fellowship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017; some applications accepted on a rolling basis if space allows

Ballet Idaho Academy

Boise, ID

Contact: Christelle Skenandore

208.343.0556 x232

cskenandore@balletidaho.org

balletidaho.org/the-academy/scholarships

Ballet Idaho's Generous Patrons (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (partial or limited scholarships awarded yearly)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Ballet Idaho's Generous Patrons (N)

Amount: Less than $250 (partial or limited scholarships awarded yearly)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 27, 2018

Ballet Long Island

Ronkonkoma, NY

Contact: Debra Punzi

631.737.1964

balletlongisland@aol.com

theballetcenter.org

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (100) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Amount: $500–$1,000 (100) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition; free ballet classes for boys

Ballet Magnificat!

Jackson, MS

Contact: Rachel Achenbach

601.977.1001

bmag.workshop@balletmagnificat.com

balletmagnificat.com

Amount: $500–$1,000 (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Ballet Tech, The NYC Public School for Dance

New York, NY

Contact: Administrative staff

212.777.7710

schoolinfo@ballettech.org

ballettech.org

Ballet Tech Foundation (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (no quota)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography, dancewear, shoes

Deadline: Rolling

Ballethnic Academy of Dance

East Point, GA

Contact: Chantal Bartley

404.762.1416

chantalb@ballethnic.org

ballethnic.org

Danseur Development (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

BalletNova Center for Dance

Falls Church, VA

Contact: Laveen Naidu

703.778.3008

marketing@balletnova.org

balletnova.org

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Bossov Ballet Theatre at Maine Central Institute

Pittsfield, ME

Contact: Clint Williams

207.487.2282

bossovballet@mci-school.org

mci-school.org/ballet

Competitive Male Scholarship (Year-Round Program) (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition and room & board for high school and ballet program

Deadline: Rolling

Summer Intensive Male

Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition and room & board for summer intensive program

Deadline: February 15

Summer Intensive Scholarship
Program (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition and room & board for summer intensive program

Deadline: February 15

Year-Round Scholarship for Boarding Students (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition and room & board for high school and ballet program

Deadline: Rolling

Brighton Ballet Theater

Co., Inc.

Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Vladimir Lepisko

718.769.9161

info@brightonballet.org

brightonballet.org

Boys' Scholarship Program (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (25)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography; partial and full scholarships available

Deadline: Rolling

Financial Need Scholarship Program (N)

Amount: $250–$500 (100)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography; partial and full scholarships available

Deadline: Rolling

Merit Scholarship Program (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (50)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography; partial and full scholarships available

Deadline: Rolling

Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC

New York, NY

Contact: Jennifer Johns & Jeff Shade

212.561.9429

info@broadwayartistsalliance.org

broadwayartistsalliance.org

BAA Dance Major Full Tuition Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition for musical theater summer intensive in NYC with all Broadway guest artists, dancers, and choreographers

Deadline: May 10, or until all scholarships are awarded

BAA Dance Major Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (10)

Pays for: Tuition for musical theater summer intensive in NYC with all Broadway guest artists, dancers, and choreographers

Deadline: May 10, or until all scholarships are awarded

Burklyn Ballet Theatre

Johnson, VT

Contact: Joanne Whitehill

877.287.5596

burklyn@gmail.com

burklynballet.com

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (25) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January

Amount: $250–$500 (40) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Carlisle, PA

Contact: Alecia Good-Boresow, school principal

717.245.1190

info@cpyb.org

cpyb.org

2-Year Male Scholarship Program (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition + monthly housing stipend for 22 months

Deadline: Ages 14–16: June 7; ages 17–19: July 28

5-Week Summer Ballet Program: Work/Study Tuition Scholarships (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: See cpyb.org

Academic Year Scholarships (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 16, 2017

Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center

Charlotte, NC

Contact: Caroline Calouche

704.844.0449

classes@carolinecalouche.org

carolinecalouche.org

Summer Intensive Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 30

Year-Round Tuition Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville, VA

Contact: Sara Clayborne

434.973.2555

sclayborne@charlottesvilleballet.org

charlottesvilleballet.org

Chance to Dance Lifetime
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (minimum 20 per year)

Pays for: Tuition; lifetime scholarships awarded through outreach program to attend Charlottesville Ballet Academy at no cost

Charlottesville Ballet Academy

Charlottesville, VA

Contact: Sara Clayborne

434.973.2555

sclayborne@charlottesvilleballet.org

charlottesvilleballet.org/academy

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition; scholarships and financial aid for students who qualify

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago, IL

Contact: Kitsana Salyphone

312.421.0202

ksalyphone@chicagoartsacademy.org

chicagoacademyforthearts.org

Rusty and Jeffrey Sanfilippo Young Men's Dance Initiative (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (3)

Pays for: Tuition, travel, competition, choreography

Deadline: May 19

Colorado Ballet

Denver, CO

Contact: Valerie Madonia

303.339.1624

valerie.madonia@coloradoballet.org

coloradoballet.org/academy/pre-professional

Pre-Professional Division (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Colorado Conservatory of Dance

Broomfield, CO

Contact: Kristen Manning

303.466.5685

info@ccdance.org

ccdance.org

CCD Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling; performance opportunities not guaranteed based on date of enrollment

CCD Tuition Assistance Scholarship (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10–30)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling; performance opportunities not guaranteed based on date of enrollment

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy

New York, NY

Contact: Sumaya Jackson

212.777.7771

info@complexionsacademy.com

complexionsacademy.com

Desmond Richardson Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Dwight Rhoden Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 15, 2017

James P. Giacopelli Scholarship (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 15, 2017

Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Danielle Pavlik

412.344.3900

dcp@dcpdance.com

dcpdance.com

Study Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (5–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

DanceAbility International

Eugene, OR

Contact: Sara Zolbrod

541.357.4982

info@danceability.com

danceability.com

DanceAbility Teacher Trainings (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

DanceAbility Teacher Trainings (N)

Amount: $250–$500 (5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Dancewave

Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Dancewave staff

718.522.4696

school@dancewave.org

dancewave.org

Amount: $250–$500 (10) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 3, 2017

Amount: $250–$500 (10) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition for Company Program Scholarship

Deadline: August 23, 2017

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Debbie Allen Dance Academy

310.280.9145

thedebbieallendanceacademy@gmail.com

debbieallendanceacademy.com

Academy Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

The Florida Ballet at Jacksonville, Inc.

Jacksonville, FL

Contact: Martha Lemire

904.353.7518

mlemire@floridaballet.org

floridaballet.org

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Considered with application

Fort Wayne Ballet

Fort Wayne, IN

Contact: Karen Gibbons-Brown

260.484.9646

lettensohn@fortwayneballet.org

fortwayneballet.org

Fort Wayne Ballet—Academy Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 11, 2017

Apply at fortwayneballet.org or by contacting Academy principal, Lauren Ettensohn

Fort Wayne Ballet—Male
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Apply by contacting Fort Wayne Ballet's Academy principal, Lauren Ettensohn

Galmont Ballet

Rockledge, FL

Contact: Lucia Montero, director

321.543.4403

info@galmontballet.com

galmontballet.com

Frank G. Galvez Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (limit to 20 per year)

Pays for: Tuition for boys 3–18 years old

Deadline: Open until 20 scholarships are awarded for the year

The Georgia Ballet

Marietta, GA

Contact: Ashleyanne Hensley

770.528.0881

ahensley@georgiaballet.org

georgiaballet.org/school

The Georgia Ballet School Boys Scholarships (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (based on number of applicants)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

The Georgia Ballet School
Scholarships (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (based on number of applicants)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Giordano Dance Chicago

Chicago, IL

Contact: Nan Giordano

312.922.1332

info@giordanodance.org

giordanodance.org

Giordano Dance Chicago Scholarship Audition (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Audition June 10, 2018, for June 2019 workshop scholarship

Goh Ballet

Vancouver, BC

Canada

Contact: Jennifer Au Yeung

604.872.4014

admin@gohballet.com

gohballet.com

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10–20) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Auditions in the spring; students are considered throughout the academic year

Gus Giordano Dance School

Chicago, IL

Contact: Caitlin Harget

773.275.5230

caitlin@gusgiordanodance.com

gusgiordanodance.com

The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (TBD)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

The HARID Conservatory

Boca Raton, FL

Contact: Janet Trivino, executive assistant

561.997.2677

info@harid.edu

harid.edu

Isabella Boylston Scholarship for Female Dancers (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (up to 5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Marcelo Gomes Scholarship for Male Dancers (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (up to 5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Chicago, IL

Contact: Krista Ellensohn

312.850.9744 x120

hross@hubbardstreetdance.com

hubbardstreetdance.com

HS Professional Program (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: 1 week after acceptance

Pati Eylar Scholarship Fund (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation

New York, NY

Contact: Lori Belilove

212.691.5040

info@isadoraduncan.org

isadoraduncan.org

Amount: $500–$1,000 (limited number) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

Chicago, IL

Contact: Joffrey Academy reception

312.784.4600

reception@joffrey.org

joffrey.org/academy

Financial Aid (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Varies; application due prior to each semester

Joffrey Studio Company (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition, gym membership, dancewear allotment, physical therapy treatment; limited housing scholarship available

Deadline: Varies; acceptance by audition only; see website

Merit Scholarships (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Varies; acceptance by audition only; see website

The Juilliard School

New York, NY

Contact: Office of Admissions

212.799.5000 x223

danceadmissions@juilliard.edu

juilliard.edu

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018; financial aid application for college program

The Juilliard School Summer Dance Intensive (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 15, 2018; apply after admitted to program

Koltun Ballet Boston

Boston , MA

Contact: Alexandra Koltun

617.901.3792

info@koltunballetboston.com

koltunballetboston.com

Koltun Ballet Boston (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Maple Conservatory of Dance

Irvine, CA

Contact: Charles Maple

949.660.9930

info@mapleconservatory.com

mapleconservatory.com

Charles A. Maple Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition, travel, choreography, dance attire

Massachusetts Academy of Ballet

Holyoke, MA

Contact: Rose Marie Flachs

413.536.6200

rflachs@massacademyofballet.com

massacademyofballet.com

Amount: $250–$500 (as needed) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Master Ballet Academy

Scottsdale, AZ

Contact: Heather Hudak

602.996.8000

masterballetnews@gmail.com

masterballetacademy.com

Amount: Less than $250 (up to 5) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: May 31

Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company

Jenkintown, PA

Contact: Lisa Collins Vidnovic

215.663.1665

collinsvidnovic@verizon.net

metropolitanballetcompany.org

MBA Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Awarded annually by faculty

MBA Scholarship Awards (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (5 annually)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Must submit written request in the fall

MBC Boys' Scholarship Program (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (60 annually)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Annual open audition each June; audition by appointment

Miami City Ballet School

Miami Beach, FL

Contact: Darleen Callaghan

305.929.7000 x1800

dcallaghan@miamicityballet.org

miamicityballet.org/school

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (10) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Winona, MN

Contact: Jamie Schwaba

507.453.5500

mca@smumn.edu

mnconservatoryforthearts.org

Financial-Need-Based MCA Class Scholarships (N)

Amount: Less than $250 (50–70 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Approx. 1 month prior to session start

Summer Dance Intensive (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1–2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: 2 weeks after live audition

National Ballet Academy Denver

Denver, CO

Contact: Cornell Callender

303.434.6228

cornellcallender@msn.com

nbadenver.org

National Ballet Academy Denver Tuition Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Neglia Conservatory of Ballet

Buffalo, New York

Contact: Kimberly Nicosia

Phone: 716-447-0401

Email: info@negliaballet.org

Website: www.negliaballet.org

Jose Neglia Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500-$1K (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

The New Ballet School

San Jose, CA

Contact: Laura Burton

408.352.5616

school@newballetschool.org

newballetschool.org

School Year Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Summer Intensive Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Northeast Atlanta Ballet

Lilburn, GA

Contact: Jennifer Gordon

770.921.7277

balletensemble@yahoo.com

northeastatlantaballet.org

Lilburn School of Ballet (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition for male dancers ages 12–20

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory

Torrington, CT

Contact: Lisa Lopez

860.482.4413 x304

llopez@nutmegconservatory.org

nutmegballet.org

Summer Dance Scholarship (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition, male scholarships only

Deadline: March 2018, early submissions given priority

Year-Round Programs (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition, room & board

Deadline: Priority July 1, 2018; rolling until September 1, 2018

Olympic Ballet School

Edmonds, WA

Contact: Oleg Gorboulev

425.774.7570

oleg@olympicballet.com

olympicballet.com

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Must be 18 years old and/or a high school graduate to apply

Open Door Dance Foundation

Charlotte, NC

Contact: Jacqueline White

704.817.9281

oddancef@gmail.com

opendoorstudios.com

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies) (N)

Pays for: Tuition for Open Door Studios or towards college, summer intensives or other studies

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Pacific Northwest Ballet School

Seattle, WA

Contact: Denise Bolstad

206.441.2435

pnbschool@pnb.org

pnb.org

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (75–80) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 1

Peninsula Ballet Theatre

San Mateo, CA

Contact: Christine Leslie

650.342.3262

clleslie@peninsulaballet.org

peninsulaballet.org

Gift of Dance (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society

Narberth, PA

Contact: Melinda Pendleton

610.664.3455

info@paacademyofballet.com

paacademyofballet.com

Apprenticeship Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (2–3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Peridance Capezio Center

New York, NY

Contact: Erika Lee

646.798.8140

auditions@peridance.com

peridance.com

BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 14, 2017

The Certificate Program (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Fall semester: July 28, 2017; spring semester: December 29, 2017

The Intensive Semester (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Fall semester: July 28, 2017; spring semester: January 26, 2018

Performance-Based Seminar

Program (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Teen Summer Intensive (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: June 9

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: School office

412.281.6727

arinsema@pittsburghballet.org

pbt.org

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (3–5) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Contact for audition

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5–10) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Contact for audition

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (3–5) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Tuition deposit and application required

Amount: $500–$1,000 (6–12) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Contact for audition

Amount: $500–$1,000 (5–10) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Tuition deposit and application required

Presidio Performing Arts Foundation/Presidio Dance Theatre

San Francisco, CA

Contact: Mrs. Judy Bretschneider

415.561.3958

judy@presidiodance.org

presidiodance.org

Prix de Leefeldt (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (5)

Pays for: Tuition, travel, choreography

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Princeton Ballet School at American Repertory Ballet

Princeton, NJ

Contact: Pamela Levy

609.921.7758

plevy@arballet.org

arballet.org

Douglas Martin Scholarship
for Males (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (unlimited)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Trainee Summer Scholarship (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (unlimited)

Pays for: Tuition towards summer intensive

Deadline: May 31

RIOULT Dance NY

New York, NY

Contact: Anastasia Soroczynski

212.398.5901

anastasia@rioult.org

rioult.org/school

RIOULT Dance NY Scholarships for Intensives (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 4, 2017

RIOULT Dance NY Scholarships for Youth Intensives (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250

Pays for: Tuition

The Rock School for Dance Education

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Susan Rock

215.551.7010

rocks@therockschool.org

therockschool.org

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies) (M)

Pays for: Tuition, academics

Deadline: Rolling

Ruth Page School of Dance

Chicago, IL

Contact: Suzy Robertson, administrator

312.337.6543

suzyrobertson@ruthpage.org

ruthpage.org

David and Lynn Kravis
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography; Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company

Deadline: Rolling

Victor Alexander Young Men's Scholarship Program (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Santa Clara Ballet Association

Santa Clara, CA

Contact: Josefa Reyes

408.247.9178

santaclara.ballet@sbcglobal.net

santaclaraballet.com

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (2) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: September

School of Alberta Ballet

Calgary, AB

Canada

Contact: School of Alberta Ballet Admissions

403.245.2274 x555

calgarystudio@albertaballet.com

schoolofalbertaballet.com

School of Alberta Ballet Scholarship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: As per the acceptance letter

The School of Ballet Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Alison Morse

602.381.0188

school@balletaz.org

balletaz.org

David Hallberg Scholarship

for Boys (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 19, 2017

Financial Assistance
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 1

Ib Andersen Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 19, 2017

The School of Spectrum Dance Theater

Seattle, WA

Contact: Joshua Crouch

206.325.4161

info@spectrumdance.org

spectrumdance.org

The Gift of Dance Scholarship (N)

Amount: $250–$500 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Stanley Wesley Perryman Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition scholarships for young men of color to train and study at the School of Spectrum Dance Theater, in honor of alumnus Stanley Wesley Perryman.

Deadline: Rolling

The School of the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

Hamburg, Germany

Contact: Indrani Delmaine

+49.40.21.11.88.31

indrani.delmaine@hamburg

ballett.de

hamburgballet.de

Amount: $1,000–$5,000
(varies) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition, support for board and lodging

Deadline: Rolling

South Shore Ballet Theatre

Hanover, MA

Contact: Shannon Quinn

781.312.7224

ballet@southshoreballettheatre.com

southshoreballettheatre.com

Isabel Mallon Scholarship Fund (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (1–2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet

Miami, FL

Contact: Ruth Wiesen

305.667.5543

ruth@taballet.org

thomasarmouryouthballet.org

TAYB Need-Based Scholarships (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (30)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education

Tulsa, OK

Contact: Colleen Lahti

918.749.6030

education@tulsaballet.org

tulsaballet.org

TBCDE Financial Aid
Scholarship (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (5–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

TBCDE Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1–3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Competitions/Conventions

ADC|IBC (American Dance Competition)

Saint Petersburg, FL

Contact: Office

407.529.6729

adcibc@live.com

adcibc.com

American Ballet Theatre (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 5)

Pays for: Tuition for ABT summer intensive NYC

Deadline: Apply for competition by event deadline

Ballet West (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 10–12)

Pays for: Tuition for BW summer intensive, year-round program and trainee program

Deadline: Apply for competition by event deadline

Boston Ballet (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 2)

Pays for: Tuition for BBS summer intensive program

Deadline: Apply for competition by event deadline

Houston Ballet (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 10)

Pays for: Tuition for HB summer intensive, short-term and year-round programs

Deadline: Apply for competition by event deadline

Washington Ballet (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 15–20)

Pays for: Tuition for TWB summer intensive, year-round program and trainee program

Deadline: Apply for competition by event deadline

AmeriDance Inc.

Westerville, OH

Contact: Tiffiny Robinson-Smith

614.898.1000

tsmith@americheer.com

ameridanceinc.com

Dancer of the Year (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition for college/university

Deadline: March 20, 2018

Artists Simply Human

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Braham Crane

855.ASH.DANCE

info@ASHProductions.com

ASHDance.com

AMDA College (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (5 per city)

Pays for: Tuition for AMDA College

ASH Apprentice (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (30 per city)

Pays for: Competition, tuition

ASH Apprentice Runner-Up (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (60 per city)

Pays for: Competition, tuition

ASH Summer Scholarship (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (40 per city)

Pays for: Competition, tuition

Relativity School (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5 per city)

Pays for: Tuition for Relativity School

Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC

New York, NY

Contact: Jennifer Johns & Jeff Shade

212.561.9429

info@broadwayartistsalliance.org

broadwayartistsalliance.org

BAA Dance Major Full Tuition Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition for musical theater summer intensive in NYC with all Broadway guest artists, dancers and choreographers

Deadline: May 10, or until all scholarships are awarded

BAA Dance Major Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (10)

Pays for: Tuition for musical theater summer intensive in NYC with all Broadway guest artists, dancers and choreographers

Deadline: May 10, or until all scholarships are awarded

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters

Rockford, IL

Contact: Kathy Velasco

815.397.6282

dance@cnadm.com

cnadm.com

CNADM College Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (up to 4)

Pays for: Tuition for college

Deadline: June 1, 2018

CNADM Summer Dance Workshop—Student Workshop (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (25)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Dance Showcase USA

Kennedale, TX

Contact: Glenda Boenig

817.572.6617

glenda@danceshowcaseusa.com

danceshowcaseusa.com

Dance Showcase USA Senior Scholarship

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition; $500 scholarship towards college/university/trade school

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Dance USA Performing Arts Championships

Las Vegas, NV

Contact: Tiffanie Kalisz

702.242.9699

danceusatk@yahoo.com

danceusadance.com

ART Scholarship (America's Rising Talent Scholarship) (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (1 per year at National Finals)

Pays for: Tuition; for continuing education in dance training to use at winner's discretion

Deadline: Awarded at National Finals by the national judges and directors

Mark Marino Scholarship (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1 per year at National Finals)

Pays for: Tuition; for continuing education in dance training to use at winner's discretion

Deadline: Awarded at National Finals by the national judges and directors

Talent America Scholarship (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (1 per Dance USA Regional)

Pays for: Competition; entry fee to the Talent America National Dance Competition

Deadline: Awarded at Dance USA Regionals to the highest-scoring act

Headliners Dance Championships

Randolph, NJ

Contact: Shari Tomasiello

973.927.8007

shari@headlinerscompetition.com

headlinerscompetition.com

Dean College (M/N)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (up to 8)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 1

Jersey Tap Fest

Bloomfield, NJ

Contact: Hillary-Marie

973.932.0561

jerseytapfest@gmail.com

jerseytapfest.com

Amount: Less than $250 (5) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: May 25, 2018

National YoungArts Foundation

Miami, FL

Contact: Neidra Ward

305.377.1140

apply@youngarts.org

youngarts.org

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (400) (M)

Pays for: Unrestricted cash award

Deadline: October 13, 2017

NRG danceProject

Beverly Hills, CA

Contact: Melissa Lankston

309.219.6726

melissa@nrgdanceproject.com

nrgdanceproject.com

Electro Tap (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 per age division, per city)

Pays for: Convention tuition

Future Force Nationals (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1 per age division, per city)

Pays for: Convention tuition

Future Force Prodigy (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 per age division, per city)

Pays for: Convention tuition

Future Force Single City (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1 per age division, per city)

Pays for: Convention tuition

Future Force Year-Round (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 per age division, per city)

Pays for: Convention tuition

The PULSE & Camp PULSE On Tour

New York, NY

Contact: The PULSE & Camp PULSE On Tour

212.582.3474

info@thepulseontour.com

thepulseontour.com

Camp PULSE Counselor (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition, competition

Essay Scholarship (N)

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition, competition

Deadline: 1 month before event

PULSE & Camp PULSE
Convention (M)

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition, competition

PULSE & Camp PULSE Summer (M)

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition, competition

PULSE Protégé (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition, competition

Quest Intensive, LLC

New York, NY

Contact: Brandon Girouard

646.590.0780

bgirouard@questintensive.com

questintensive.com

Quest Apprenticeship (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (2)

Pays for: Tuition, travel, competition; awarded to students interested in pursuing a professional career

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Stage One Productions

Norman, OK

Contact: Amy Frederick

405.573.7733

director@stageonedance.com

stageonedance.com

Amount: Less than $250 (13) (M)

Pays for: Tuition, competition; to be used towards The One Dance Intensive

Amount: Less than $250 (4) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for Broadway Dance Center classes

Starpower Talent Competition

Edgewater, MD

Contact: Noelle Packett

301.870.9550

noelle@starpowertalent.com

starpowertalent.com

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for higher education

Deadline: June 1

Sydney Eisteddfod

Sydney, Australia

Contact: Sydney Eisteddfod

+61.2.9261.8366

info@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au

sydneyeisteddfod.com.au

Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship (14 & 15 years) (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Registration

Talent On Parade

Haysville, KS

Contact: Audra Key

316.522.4836

office@talentonparade.com

talentonparade.com

Go Pro (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (500+)

Pays for: Tuition; credit towards participant's total fees

Deadline: May 26, 2018

Holiday Spectacular (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (500+)

Pays for: Tuition; credit towards participant's event entry fees

Deadline: May 26, 2018

Pre-Pro (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (500+)

Pays for: Tuition; credit towards participant's total fees

Deadline: May 26, 2018

Solo Challenge (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (1,000+)

Pays for: Tuition; credit towards participant's event entry fees

Deadline: November 20, 2017

TOP Senior Scholarship (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (3)

Pays for: Tuition; for high school seniors participating in our national events

Deadline: May 1, 2018; apply online

Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions

North Hollywood, CA

Contact: Tommy Peel

818.988.8006

tommy@tremainedance.com

tremainedance.com

Tremaine Dance Conventions, Inc. (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (37 per city, 26 cities)

Pays for: Tuition towards convention fees only

Use within 1 year after received

Higher Education

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Contact: Department of Dance

516.877.4250

frisk-fox@adelphi.edu

dance.adelphi.edu/bfa-in-dance

Talent

Amount: $10,000–$25,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Mark Ruggiero

800.367.7908

info@amda.edu

amda.edu

AMDA Grant (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

AMDA Grant (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York, NY

Contact: Mark Ruggiero

800.367.7908

info@amda.edu

amda.edu

AMDA Grant (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

AMDA Scholarship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD

Contact: Lynda Fitzgerald

410.777.7021

lpfitzgerald@aacc.edu

aacc.edu

Marcy and Leonard N. Plavin Scholarship for Dance (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2–3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: November 14, 2017

Austin Community College

Austin, TX

Contact: Catherine Solaas

512.223.3348

csolaas@austincc.edu

austincc.edu/dance

Boyd Vance Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition and fees

Deadline: May 1, 2018 (May 1 every year)

Dance and Drama Freshman Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition and fees

Deadline: May 1, 2018 (May 1 every year)

Dance and Drama Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition and fees

Deadline: May 1, 2018 (May 1 every year)

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston, MA

Contact: Danielle Gautier

617.912.9209

dgautier@berklee.edu

bostonconservatory.berklee.edu

Merit Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (numerous)

Pays for: Tuition (partial)

Presidential Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition, room & board, fees

Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop

Boulder, CO

Contact: Daniel Morimoto

303.449.0399

info@bjdw.net

boulderjazzdanceworkshop.com

Amount: $250–$500 (20+) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: No deadline, but early application is recommended

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

Contact: John Streit

770.534.6245

jstreit@brenau.edu

brenau.edu

Brenau Academic Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (25)

Pays for: Tuition, room & board

Deadline: Rolling; inquire for details

College of Fine Arts and Humanities Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (25)

Pays for: Tuition, room & board

Deadline: Rolling; inquire for details

Performing Arts Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (1 every other year)

Pays for: Tuition, room & board

Deadline: Rolling; inquire for details

Brenau University, Dance Department

Gainesville, GA

Contact: Nichole Finley

770.538.4764

danceinfo@brenau.edu

brenau.edu/fineartshumanities/dance-department/

Amount: $1,000–$5,000
(varies) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: Amy Barnes

317.940.9567

atbarnes@butler.edu

butler.edu/dance

Amount: $25,000–$100,000
(15–20) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: November 1, 2017

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

Contact: Office of Admissions

800.545.ARTS

admissions@calarts.edu

dance.calarts.edu

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 5, 2018

California State University—Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

Contact: Lisa Draskovich-Long

818.815.7278

danceprogram@exchange.fullerton.edu

fullerton.edu/arts/dance

Brian Sepel Memorial
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 3, 2018

Christine Lyons (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 3, 2018

Dance Association
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 3, 2018

Karl Professional Women in Dance Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 3, 2018

Really Groovy (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 3, 2018

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

Contact: Heidi Baehr

262.551.5859

hbaehr@carthage.edu

carthage.edu/dance

Theatre Service Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (6 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Contact: Department of Dance

714.744.7040

dance@chapman.edu

chapman.edu/dance

Chapman University Chancellor's Scholar (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15

Chapman University Dean's Scholar (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15

Chapman University Presidential Scholar (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15

Chapman University Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15

Financial Aid (N)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Atlanta, GA

Contact: CCSF team

800.306.2653

scholars@coca-cola.com

coca-colascholars.org

Coca-Cola Scholars Program (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (150)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Coker College

Hartsville, SC

Contact: Angela M. Gallo, chair

843.383.8381

agallo@umich.edu

coker.edu/academics/programs/dept-dance-music-theatre/dance

Dance Talent Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Talent Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

Contact: Kim Tritt

330.263.2540

ktritt@wooster.edu

wooster.edu/academics/areas/theatre-dance

Theatre and Dance Scholarship/The College of Wooster (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (unlimited)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: November 18, 2017; additional deadline for second semester is January 13, 2018

Columbia State Community College

Franklin, TN

Contact: Cathy Hudnall, director

615.790.4420

chudnall@columbiastate.edu

columbiastate.edu/academics/extended-services/commercial-entertainment

Commercial Entertainment Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (4 per academic year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July 1

The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

Contact: Hilary Peterson

573.986.7492

hpeterson@semo.edu

semo.edu/dance

Endowed Scholarships (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (10+)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (30+)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Cottey College

Nevada, MO

Contact: Jo Byrnes

417.684.7344

jbyrnes@cottey.edu

cottey.edu

Amount: $500–$1,000 (3) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Cowley College

Arkansas City, KS

Contact: Lindsay Sanderholm

620.441.5301

lindsay.sanderholm@cowley.edu

cowleytigers.com

Danceline

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (25)

Pays for: Tuition, travel, competition; full tuition and book scholarships awarded; all uniforms and travel expenses paid for by college

Deadline: May

Dean College

Franklin, MA

Contact: Marc Arentsen

508.541.1606

marentsen@dean.edu

dean.edu

Academic Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Headliners Dance Competition (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July

International Dance Challenge Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: July

Performing Arts Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Summer Intensive
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 1, 2017

DeSales University

Center Valley, PA

Contact: Tim Cowart

610.282.1100 x1663

timothy.cowart@desales.edu

desales.edu/dance

The Daniel & Ellen Cunningham Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (multiple per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 20, 2018

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Valerie Ifill

215.571.4443

vifill@drexel.edu

drexel.edu/westphal/academics/undergraduate/DANC

Performing Arts Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (20)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15, 2018

East Carolina University, School of Theatre and Dance

Greenville, NC

Contact: John Dixon

252.737.3530

dixonj@ecu.edu

ecu.edu/cs-cfac/theatredance/

Amount: $500–$1,000 (up to 3 per academic year) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 28, 2018

Elon University

Elon, NC

Contact: Lauren W. Kearns

336.278.5592

lkearns@elon.edu

elon.edu/perarts

Elon University Dance Program (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1–8)

Pays for: Tuition, books, living expenses, etc.

Deadline: January 4, 2018

Fort Wayne Ballet

Fort Wayne, IN

Contact: Karen Gibbons-Brown

260.484.9646

lettensohn@fortwayneballet.org

fortwayneballet.org

Fort Wayne Ballet—Academy Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: August 11, 2017

Apply at fortwayneballet.org or by contacting Academy principal, Lauren Ettensohn

Fort Wayne Ballet—Male Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Apply by contacting Fort Wayne Ballet's Academy principal, Lauren Ettensohn

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Contact: School of Dance

703.993.1114

dance@gmu.edu

dance.gmu.edu

Dance Talent (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (multiple)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Georgian Court University

Lakewood , NJ

Contact: Silvana Cardell

732.987.2170

scardell@georgian.edu

georgian.edu/dance

Silvana Cardell Dance Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition, choreography

Deadline: Rolling

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Contact: Sara Thomson

410.337.6390

goucherdance@goucher.edu

goucher.edu

Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Susannah Keita

602.639.6295

susannah.keita@gcu.edu

gcu.edu/auditions

Dance Performance
Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: June 30, 2018, for fall 2018 start

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Contact: Admission Office

507.933.8000

admission@gustavus.edu

gustavus.edu/theatre-dance/scholarship

Evelyn Anderson Theatre & Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Early action: November; rolling admission: January

The Hartt School, University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

Contact: Amy Manfredi

860.768.2478

amanfredi@hartford.edu

hartford.edu/hartt

Performing Arts Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January 15, 2018

University Grant (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Hillsborough Community College, Dance Program

Tampa, FL

Contact: Christina Acosta

813.253.7623

cacosta@hccfl.edu

hccfl.edu/yc/dance.aspx

Amount: $500–$1,000

Pays for: Tuition; can be used in any way

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Contact: Rachel List

516.463.5661

rachel.list@hofstra.edu

hofstra.edu/dance

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (approx. 6 per year, starting with incoming first-year students) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Auditions in March

Awarded to incoming first-year dance or dance education majors after auditions in March, chosen by faculty

Dance Endowed Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded to a rising junior-year dance or dance education major in May, chosen by faculty

Lance Westergard Alumni Assoc. Award (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded to a rising junior-year dance or dance education major in May, chosen by faculty

Lawrence Keigwin Endowed Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 or 2)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded to a dance or dance education major in May, chosen by faculty

Hope College

Holland, MI

Contact: Stephanie Brumels

616.395.7700

dance@hope.edu

hope.edu/academics/dance

Distinguished Artist Award (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Audition dates for fall 2018 incoming freshmen: January 19, 2018, February 2, 2018, and February 19, 2018

Hunter College, Arnhold Dance Education Program

New York, NY

Contact: Kathleen Isaac

212.396.6635

kis@hunter.cuny.edu

hunter.cuny.edu/arnhold-graduate-dance-education-program

Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program Awards (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

Contact: Sara Semonis

309.438.8021

ssemoni@ilstu.edu

finearts.illinoisstate.edu/theatre-dance

Amount: $10,000–$25,000
(varies) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 2018

Talent Scholarship

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 2018

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

Contact: Molly Magee

772.462.7692

mmagee@irsc.edu

irscdance.com

Performing and Visual Arts Department (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies, 6–20)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: For fall 2017, by audition; for spring 2018, November 17

Indiana University, Contemporary Dance

Bloomington, IN

Contact: Elizabeth Shea

812.855.7020

eshea@indiana.edu

indiana.edu/~condance/

Freshman Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Iowa State University Dance Program

Ames, IA

Contact: Janice Baker

515.294.3047

mover@iastate.edu

kin.hs.iastate.edu

Iowa State University Dance Program (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April

The Juilliard School

New York, NY

Contact: Office of Admissions

212.799.5000 x223

danceadmissions@juilliard.edu

juilliard.edu

Amount: $10,000–$25,000
(varies) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018; financial aid application for college program

The Juilliard School Summer Dance Intensive (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 15, 2018; apply after admitted to program

La Roche College

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Maria Caruso

412.536.1212

maria.caruso@laroche.edu

laroche.edu

La Roche College Dance Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Lane Community College

Eugene, OR

Contact: Bonnie Simoa

541.463.5645

simoab@lanecc.edu

lanecc.edu/perarts/dance

Talent Grant—Dance At Lane (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: October and January for fall and winter terms

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Contact: Tricia Zweier

636.949.4547

tzweier@lindenwood.edu

www.lindenwood.edu/academics/academic-schools/scho...

Lindenwood University Fine & Performing Arts Grant (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition (partial)

Deadline: April 20, 2018

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Liverpool, UK

Contact: Darren Murphy

+44.151.330.3118

international@lipa.ac.uk

lipa.ac.uk

LIPA NHSDF Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 for each year of study for dance degree)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: April 1, 2018, via audition at the National High School Dance Festival

Martha Graham School

New York, NY

Contact: Shelby Leshine

212.229.9200 x34

sleshine@marthagraham.org

marthagraham.edu

Graham 2 Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (12)

Pays for: Tuition

Determined through online and in-person auditions

Graham 2 Understudy
Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Determined through online and in-person auditions

Program Director
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Determined through online and in-person auditions

School Assistantship (N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Summer Intensive School Assistantship (N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Marygrove College

Detroit, MI

Contact: Jonathon Cash

313.927.1838

jcash5001@marygrove.edu

marygrove.edu

Marygrove Talent
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Marymount Manhattan College

New York, NY

Contact: Amber Indyk

212.517.0610

aindyk@mmm.edu

mmm.edu

Amount: $1,000–$5,000
(50–100) (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 2018

Mesa Community College

Mesa, AZ

Contact: Tina Rangel

480.461.7597

tina.rangel@mesacc.edu

mesacc.edu/dance

MCC Dance Major
Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded at the end of each semester

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Contact: Sylvia Nuzzo Philis

510.430.2175

dance@mills.edu

mills.edu

Amount: $5,000–$10,000
(varies) (M/N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Auditions and/or video submission required for MA and MFA applicants

Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

Contact: Sara Brummel

417.836.8441

sarabrummel@missouristate.edu

theatreanddance.missouristate.edu

Midwestern Tuition Exchange (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1

Students from certain midwest states are eligible

Out-of-State Fee Waiver (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (2–3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1

Regents (M/N)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (8–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1

Missouri Valley College

Marshall, MO

Contact: Janie Morgan

660.831.4050

morganj@moval.edu

moval.edu/fine_arts/index.php

Fine Arts Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 30, 2018

McGraw Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance

Allentown, PA

Contact: Karen Dearborn, director of dance

484.664.3335

dearborn@muhlenberg.edu

muhlenberg.edu/dance

Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Scholarship in Dance (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1 dance student in each class year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Audition by February

Muhlenberg Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (10+)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Audition by February

National Ballet Academy Denver

Denver, CO

Contact: Cornell Callender

303.434.6228

cornellcallender@msn.com

nbadenver.org

National Ballet Academy Denver Tuition Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (10)

Pays for: Tuition

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York, NY

Contact: Yvette Brown

212.998.5030

steinhardt.gradadmissions@nyu.edu

steinhardt.nyu.edu

21st-Century Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (30)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Susan Carol Hersh Scholarship (N)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (1+)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

New York, NY

Contact: Daria Kendus

212.998.1980

daria.kendus@nyu.edu

tisch.nyu.edu/dance

Full Scholarship for Graduate Students (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition for graduate studies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (2) (N)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Apply through financial aid

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (3) (M)

Pays for: Tuition for graduate studies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Northwest Dance Intensive Summer Program

Olympia, WA

Contact: Jehrin Alexandria

360.489.8729

jehrin@gmail.com

northwestdanceintensive.com

Northwest Dance Intensive Tuition Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $250–$500 (3)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: June 15

The Ohio State University, Department of Dance

Columbus, OH

Contact: Ohio State Dance

614.292.7977

dance@osu.edu

dance.osu.edu

Helen P. Alkire Scholarship/Ohio State Department of Dance (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

Contact: Beth Beach

740.368.3846

thtrdnce@owu.edu

owu.edu

Ohio Wesleyan University, Department of Theatre &
Dance (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (15)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Oklahoma City University, Dance/Entertainment

Oklahoma City, OK

Contact: Ryan Barrett

405.208.5644

rlbarrett@okcu.edu

okcu.edu/dance

Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (average 40–60)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: See website

Open Door Dance Foundation

Charlotte, NC

Contact: Jacqueline White

704.817.9281

oddancef@gmail.com

opendoorstudios.com

Amount: $500–$1,000 (varies) (N)

Pays for: Tuition for Open Door Studios or towards college, summer intensives or other studies

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

Contact: Dance

503.352.2134

dance@pacificu.edu

pacificu.edu/about-us/offices/financial-aid/undergraduate-students/scholarships/talent-awards-scholarships/dance-scholarship

Dance Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (5–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 25, 2018

Dance Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (5–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 25, 2018

Point Park University, Conservatory of Performing Arts

Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Conservatory of Performing Arts

412.392.3451

conservatory@pointpark.edu

pointpark.edu

Academic Achievement Award (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Artistic Achievement Award (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Purchase College, State University of New York, Conservatory of Dance

Purchase, NY

Contact: Adriana Pera

914.251.6800

dance@purchase.edu

purchase.edu

Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Assessed for scholarships at the time of the audition

Relativity School

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Admissions

800.762.1993

info@relativityschool.org

relativityschool.org

Innovation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000–$10,000

Pays for: Tuition

Joe Tremaine Scholarship

Amount: $10,000–$25,000

Pays for: Tuition

Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000

Pays for: Tuition

Next-Generation Scholarship

Amount: $10,000–$25,000

Pays for: Tuition

Talent-Based Scholarship

Amount: $10,000–$25,000

Pays for: Tuition

Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

Contact: Angelica Cardente-Vessella

401.456.9791

acardente1@ric.edu

ric.edu/mtd/danceprogram

Student Talent Awards (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (30)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: May 2018

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Contact: Kim Vaccaro

609.896.7706

kcvaccaro@rider.edu

rider.edu

Dance Merit Scholarship (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded yearly at beginning of fall semester

Mildred Hawkins Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded yearly at beginning of fall semester

Saint Mary's College of California, MFA in Dance

Moraga, CA

Contact: Roberta Chavez

925.631.8183

rmc5@stmarys-ca.edu

stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-dance

MFA in Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (1–2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

MFA in Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (1–4)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Rolling

Saint Mary's College of California, Performing Arts Department, BA in Dance

Moraga, CA

Contact: Cathy Davalos, director of dance

925.631.4824

cdavalos@stmarys-ca.edu

stmarys-ca.edu/performing-arts/dance-program

Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (7–10)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 29, 2017

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, AZ

Contact: Angela Rosenkrans

480.423.6600

sccdance@scottsdalecc.edu

scottsdalecc.edu/dance

SCC Dance Program (M/N)

Amount: Less than $250 (2)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: May 5, 2018

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Contact: Kim Logan

413.585.3232

dance@smith.edu

smith.edu/dance/index.php

MFA Fellowship (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition stipend

Deadline: MFA Program Application

Southern Illinois University— Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

Contact: Kristin Best

618.650.5872

kbest@siue.edu

siue.edu

Friends of Theater and Dance New Student Scholarship (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (5)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

Contact: Heather Guthrie

214.768.2718

hguthrie@smu.edu

smu.edu/meadows

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (M)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: See website

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

Contact: Heather Klopchin

507.786.3070

dance@stolaf.edu

stolaf/edu/dance/scholarships

St. Olaf College Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $5,000–$10,000 (9)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 15, 2017

St. Olaf College Dance Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (9)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Contact: Christine Bergeron

979.845.5025

cbergeron@tamu.edu

dance.tamu.edu

Texas A&M University Dance
Program (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (7–8 per year, depending on funding)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Tiffany Mogenson Memorial Fund

Eagan, MN

Contact: Stacey Chaloux

816.392.4341

dance4tiffany@gmail.com

danceliketiffanyswatching.org

Amount: $250–$500 (5–10 per
deadline) (M)

Pays for: Tuition, competition, choreography; for intensives, camps, workshops, etc.

Deadline: Twice yearly: March 31 and October 15

Towson University, Department of Dance

Towson, MD

Contact: Sidney Pink

410.598.7282

spink@towson.edu

towson.edu/dance

Dance Talent Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (8–12 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: January

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Buffalo, NY

Contact: Karen Cleary

716.645.0603

kcleary@buffalo.edu

theatredance.buffalo.edu/

Amanda C. Occhino Fund (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (2–4 per year)

Pays for: Travel, competition, choreography, tuition; for professional development

Awarded in spring semester

Elizabeth P. Webb Foundation Award in Dance (M)

Amount: Less than $250 (1–2 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded in spring semester

Jean Taylor Beard Endowed Fund (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (2–5 per year)

Pays for: Tuition for summer dance intensive

Awarded in spring semester

Lucille and Jack Yellen Fund (M)

Amount: $250–$500 (1–2 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded in spring semester

Zodiaque 40 Scholarship Fund (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (1–2 per year)

Pays for: Tuition

Awarded in spring and fall semesters

University of Arizona, School of Dance

Tucson, AZ

Contact: UA Dance office

520.621.4698

dance@cfa.arizona.edu

dance.arizona.edu

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (M)

Amount: $25,000–$100,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition; includes out-of-state tuition waivers

Deadline: Rolling

Undergraduate Dance Merit-Based Scholarship (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (varies)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Fall: November 1; Spring: March 1

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Dance Department

Cincinnati, OH

Contact: Colleen Condit

513.556.2700

ccadmis@uc.edu

ccm.uc.edu/dance

Corbett McClain (M/N)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (20+)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 1, 2017

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

Contact: Melanie Meenan

208.885.2184

dance@uidaho.edu

uidaho.edu/ed/mvsc/academics/dance

Dance Performance Scholarships (M)

Amount: $500–$1,000 (6–12)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Priority is December 1, 2017; see website for audition dates and information

Dance Western Undergraduate Exchange (M/N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (5–6)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: Priority is December 1, 2017; see website for audition dates and information

Renewable for up to 4 years for first-year recipients with a minimum University of Idaho GPA

Western Undergraduate Exchange (N)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (Unlimited for Washington & Oregon)

Pays for: Tuition

New freshmen from WA and OR with a 3.2 or higher, unweighted accredited high school GPA are automatically eligible to receive the WUE award when applying for admission. There is no separate application.

University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign, Department of Dance

Urbana, IL

Contact: Rebecca Ferrell

217.300.1193

rferrel@illinois.edu

dance.illinois.edu

Talented Student Scholarship
Award (M)

Amount: $10,000–$25,000 (4)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: December 1, 2017

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Contact: Dance Department

319.335.2228

dance@uiowa.edu

dance.uiowa.edu

Iowa Center for the Arts
Scholarship (M)

Amount: $1,000–$5,000 (up to 3 traditional first-year students)

Pays for: Tuition

Deadline: March 1, 2018

University of Kansas, Department of Dance

Lawrence, KS

Contact: Dawn Hawkins

785.864.4264

kudance@ku.edu

dance.ku.edu

Of the many moving parts of a college application, the essay might be the most daunting. But consider yourself luckier than other applicants, because your dance experiences can only help you craft a winning essay—whether or not you're planning to pursue a dance major.


If You're Going to Major

If you're gunning for a highly focused dance program, you might think that the audition is the most important component of your application. But don't neglect to express your dance goals clearly in a general admissions or scholarship essay, says Megan Slayter, chair and associate professor of dance at Western Michigan University. "Just like any department across any university, we're looking for good grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure," she says. "Beyond strong written communication skills, we're looking for your sense of identity as a dancer—that you know who you are and who you want to be as an artist, and why you think we can help you achieve that."

Cite specific aspects of the college's dance department that excite you—unique artistic or research resources, or a particular emphasis in the dance major that intrigues. But don't just tell a university what you think they want to hear. "Over-the-top language that compliments our school doesn't tell me about you," Slayter says. "I question the authenticity of a student who tells me, 'This is the best dance department ever and I can't imagine being anyplace else!'"

If You're Not Going to Major

Even if you don't plan to major in dance, your years of dedication in the studio can show an admissions department why you'd be a great addition to their student body. "Your experience in dance has shaped who you are," Slayter says. "Dance is a unique voice you can share with an admissions officer to talk about overcoming adversity, working hard to achieve your goals, and sharing a part of yourself with others."

If you choose to focus on dance in your admissions essay, consider who's reading your words—usually, non-dancers in the admissions department—and take care to translate your dance life to the language of college life. "Dance builds leadership skills, communication, collaboration, and creativity," Slayter says. "For example, think about any time you've had a large, traveling spatial pattern onstage and have had to figure out who's crossing up- and downstage. That's problem-solving!" Brainstorm the skills you've built onstage and in rehearsals, and use your essay to prove how those experiences have prepared you for a successful college career—in or out of the studio.

A version of this story appeared in the November 2017 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Essay All Day."