Dance scholarships are a bit different from other programs because students will usually be asked to audition or submit a video of their skills. Dance scholarships vary from dance therapy to ballet.
ScholarSwag has compiled this list of scholarships for students looking to pursue a career in dance:
Dance Discovery Foundation/ Dream Dance Performing Arts Scholarship Award
The Dream Dance Performing Arts Scholarship awards $1,000 to five students every year. This scholarship is for high school seniors intending to major in a dance or performing arts program. The application is open to male and female students currently residing in Southern California, or planning to attend a dance program in the area. Applicants are evaluated on talent, technical skill, financial need and determination. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered. Awards are given directly to the institution the student is enrolled in, and the deadline to apply each year is early July.
Tobin Sorenson Scholarships
Students looking to pursue a career in dance therapy can apply for a Tobin Sorenson Scholarship. Winners are awarded $1,000, and the funds are directly given to the student’s accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must display leadership potential, volunteer time toward recreational therapy or education and have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Applications must include a resume, official college transcript and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply each year is April 1.
Princess Grace Foundation
The Princess Grace Foundation is a national program dedicated to assisting theater and dance artists who are in the early stages of developing their careers. Students must submit a resume, high-resolution photo (for publicity), sample videos of previous performances and a one-page personal statement. According to the Princess Grace Foundation’s website, the personal statement must focus on one of the following questions:
- What was the most challenging experience you faced in dance, and what was the most valuable lesson you learned by confronting this challenge?
- What do you wish to achieve in three years and how will you accomplish this goal?
Applicants must be nominated by a school department chair, dean or company artistic director to be considered. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000, and funds are paid directly to the student’s school.
Thelma A. Robinson Award in Ballet
This scholarship for ballet students is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. This program awards funds every even numbered year. Applicants must be a member of the organization either through an Active Junior Club or individual membership. Applicants must be juniors or seniors in high school, and be a ballet student at an accredited school. The application must include a letter from the school confirming the student has potential and intends to pursue ballet as a career. The winner is awarded $2,500 to further his or her ballet education, and when accepting, the winner promises to use the money for only this purpose. Along with their application, students must submit a 15-minute DVD of a solo performance and dances in class.
The National Young Arts Foundation
The National Young Arts Foundation is dedicated to supporting the education and artistic ambitions of young students. The program awards a number of scholarships for dance, music and theater. Each year the foundation gives out hundreds of scholarships to high school students pursuing dance careers. Students can win scholarships worth as much as $10,000. Applicants must submit a video displaying their dance potential. The foundation rewards techniques such as ballet, jazz, tap, choreography and hip hop. There is a $35 submission fee for the application. After reviewing applications, the foundation asks students to prepare an audition to be further considered for more awards.
Auditioning for a dance scholarship
A number of dance scholarships require auditions or submission videos, and there are a few things to keep in mind when showcasing your dance talent. First, introduce yourself, state your name and the piece you will be doing. This will help the judges get an initial understanding of you. Second, wear something flattering but comfortable. Sure, bright and flashy outfits may be great for the final performance, but schools and foundations will be able to get a better sense of your skill with more conservative clothing. This is because they are looking at your body type and movement, plus, a flashy costume can be distracting and shift the focus away from your dance. Finally, relax. Take a deep breath and be happy you have the opportunity to be auditioning for a dance scholarship. If you are too tense it may affect your skills and hurt your chances of winning.
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