Dance Scholarships: Dancing has always been my every source of happiness. It is my go to when i really need to be relieved of the days activity. I’m sure most of us feel the same way about dancing too. It’s loved by all and admired by many, but only a gifted few takes their time in performing the act.
While a college education can help passionate students pursue careers in dance, finding money for college can be challenging. Fortunately, dance scholarships exist to provide financial aid for deserving artists and performers who are interested in dance.
If you’re currently involved in competitive dance, planning to pursue an education or career related to dance, or just passionate about dance, scholarships exist to help you pay for school. Below are the various scholarship opportunities for you to boost your dance career to the next level.
The Dance Discovery Foundations Scholarship Programs
Deadline: May 31st, July 31st
Dance Discovery Foundation’s three (3) Scholarship program provides scholarships to exceptional individuals, 8 years or above, who are studying at a dance or performing arts school, studio or institution throughout Southern California.
These programs are the SHINE, ACEEL and Dream Scholarships which are valued from $500 up to $2,000 annually per student.
The Scholarship Program opens yearly for applications on April 1st and the deadlines for each scholarships are; SHINE& ACCEL – May 31st and DREAM Scholarship – July 1st annually.
Career Transition for Dancers
Established in 1985 and sponsored by The Actors Fund, the Career Transition for Dancers scholarship enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.
The program is open to those who are currently enrolled in a competitive dance/training/education program in a dance school, studio or institution across the country and intend to derive income as a professional dancer.
Selected recipients are also eligible to receive individual and group counseling services, referrals for healthcare and health insurance and, where eligible, access to emergency financial assistance.
School of Art Scholarships
Deadline: February 28th.
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) are excited to offer a variety of Studio Arts scholarships known as the Freshman Talent Scholarship and Excellence Scholarships for current and incoming students of the institution.
The Freshman talent scholarships was designed to be awarded to incoming freshmen. The application form is available to high school seniors planning to enroll at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The excellence scholarship is available for current students at the University.
Beverly Miller Dance Scholarship
Awarded by Costume Gallery, the Beverly Miller Dance Scholarship is available for U.S. and Canadian citizens who are ages 12 through 21 and enrolled in a dance course.
The scholarship is valued at one $1,000 and eighteen $500 scholarships available to successful applicants.
Provided by the College of fine arts, the Undergraduate Dance Merit-based Scholarships Opportunities is available for Undergraduate applicants at the college who had qualify dance merit-based scholarship.
Dance auditions and Scholarships offered by Mercyhurst University are available for applicants willing to take part in the B.A. and B.F.A programs at the University.
The scholarships are based on merit and awarded by audition only. The audition dates for the year of 2019 are as follows: Monday, January 21, 2019; Friday, February 1, 2019; Friday, February 15, 2019; Monday, February 25, 2019.
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP – All Saints College
Deadline: 15 February 2019 – 5.00pm
All Saints’ College is pleased to offer its performing arts scholarship to dedicated and talented students entering Years 7 to 11 in 2020 who intend to enroll for the program which is housed in the College’s Centre for Performing Arts.
The scholarship is valued at 50% of the College’s academic tuition fee. It is valid for the duration of the student’s attendance at the College and is conditional upon ongoing excellence in, and commitment to the All Saints’ College Performing Arts program.
Arts for Life! Scholarship Fund
Deadline: February 1st
Established by the former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, Arts for Life! Scholarship fund annually provides financial support to high school seniors who are graduating from a public, private, or virtual school or a home education program in the state of Florida and who can also demonstrate excellence in any of the following disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.
The scholarship is valued at $1,000 annually and is available to 25 successful applicants. The Program can provide $1,000 extra from select schools like Palm Beach State, Miami Dade, and Florida Southern.
The Irish Dance Teacher’s Association of North America (IDTANA) presents the Cyril McNiff Memorial Scholarship to graduating high school seniors who have proven to excel in the classroom and dance studio.
The scholarship award is valued at from $750 to $2,500 per student.
Desired applicants are students with Irish dance experience who are enrolling in accredited bachelor’s programs, especially for the performing arts. A recommendation from a TCRG-certified dance teacher is an important component of the application process.
The scholarship award is valued at $10,000.00 per student and may be granted annually as determined by the foundation in its sole discretion. All funds will be paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled.
Eligible applicants must be a minimum of 15 years old and a U.S citizen and. Applicants will be judged based on talent, technical skill, dance expression and financial need of the student.
Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship
Named for legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Gene Kelly and established in recognition of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
“The Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship” is given annually by the Dizzy Feet Foundation to a talented male or female student studying dance at an accredited or nationally-recognized dance school or institution in the United States.
Recipients must demonstrate an interest in and an aptitude for choreography and interdisciplinary dance expression and must embody not only the physical, athletic style represented by Gene Kelly but also demonstrate potential for the joy, creativity, and innovation for which he is celebrated.
The scholarships is valued at $10,000 per student and may be granted annually as determined by the foundation in its sole discretion. All funds will be paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled.
Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older and an American citizen. Applicants will be judged based on talent, technical skill, dance expression and financial need of the student.
Dr. Edward and Anne Link Scholarship
Deadline: February 15th
Awarded by the Community Foundation of Shelby County, g the Dr. Edward and Anne Link Scholarship is presented to qualified Ohioans who are pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the visual and performing arts.
The scholarship award is valued at $2,500 annually per recipient.
Eligible applicants must live in Shelby County for 12+ months, complete at least their freshman year, attend accredited U.S. universities, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and attach two letters of recommendation.
Emma Sue Gibbons Scholarship
Deadline: December 1st
The Emma Sue Gibbons Scholarship offered at the College of Education & Human Development in Texas A&M University-College Station is presented to exceptional dancers entering the B.S. in Kinesiology Dance Science full-time program.
Eligible applicants must be undergraduates (current, incoming freshman, or transfer) with at least a score of 1000 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT, participate in the Teen Summer Dance Intensive, and enroll in DCED Modern Dance I or above.
The minimum GPR for qualified applicants are as follows; Current student: GPR 2.75 overall, 3.0 in dance courses; Transfer students: GPR of 3.0 overall, 3.0 in dance courses; Incoming freshman: GPR of 3.0 overall.
HLKN Dance Program
Also covered by the Emma Sue Gibbons Scholarship at the College of Education & Human Development in Texas A&M University-College Station, the HLKN Dance Program is offered as well to talented dancers entering the B.S. in Kinesiology Dance Science full-time program.
Three awards are offered which are valued at $250, $500 and $750 per academic year.