Pursuing a career as a professional dancer requires education, training and years of practice. A degree in dance can provide aspiring professionals with some of the necessary skills needed for success and there are many scholarship and grant programs available to help young dancers realize their artistic dreams.
American Harlequin Corporation Dance Scholarship
The American Harlequin Corporation sponsors a scholarship award program to aid aspiring dancers in completing their studies. Applicants must be between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one and be enrolled in a public or private dance program. The program provides twenty $25,000 scholarship awards annually and recipients are selected through a random drawing.
American Harlequin Corporation Dance Scholarship Program 1531 Glen Avenue Moorestown, NJ 08057 800-642 6440 harlequinfloors.com
Ball State University Dance Scholarships
Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance sponsors several scholarship awards for incoming and currently enrolled dance majors. Departmental scholarship awards of $4,000 are available to incoming freshmen and recently declared dance majors who demonstrate a significant level of talent and potential. Half-tuition Presidential Scholarships are offered to dance majors who demonstrate both talent and academic excellence. Students are required to audition to be eligible for the awards. Talent scholarships of $500 to $2,000 are available to outstanding upper-level students.
Department of Theatre and Dance AC 306 Ball State University Muncie, IN 47306 765-285-8740 bsu.edu
Minnesota State University Talent Grants
Minnesota State University-Mankato's dance department offers talent grants to incoming freshmen who plan to major in dance and scholarships to currently enrolled dance majors. To be eligible, all applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of twelve hours of coursework. Awards are granted through an audition process and recipients must participate in at least three departmental productions each year to maintain their eligibility. The amount and number of awards granted annually varies.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance 201 Performing Arts Center Mankato, MN 56001 507-389-2118 mnsu.edu
Princess Grace Foundation Dance Grants and Scholarships
The Princess Grace Foundation provides education grants and scholarships for dance students who are enrolled in at least their second year of a dance program. Scholarships are available for students enrolled in non-profit dance schools and fellowship grants are available to allow dancers to pursue career development with non-profit dance companies. Award amounts typically range from $5,000 to $25,000 and individual funding is based on need. All applicants must be nominated by their school's department chair or the artistic director of the dance company they wish to work with.
Princess Grace Foundation 150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor New York, NY 10155 212-317-1470 pgfusa.com
George Mason University Dance Scholarships
The George Mason University School of Dance offers three scholarship programs for incoming and currently enrolled dance majors. Dance Talent scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 are awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding dance ability through an audition process. The Harriett Mattusch Special Recognition Award is a $2,500 scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student who demonstrates dedication to the art of dance and is an active participant in departmental activities. The Kevin Campbell Summer Scholarship program provides selected students with tuition grants which will allow them to attend nationally-recognized summer dance festivals.
School of Dance MS 3D4 George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030 703-993-1114 dance.gmu.edu
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