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Scholarships

Students, please review all pertinent information and forms before submitting your Student Scholarship Application by February 3, 2020. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

Eligibility

  • College scholarships are only open to students in grade 12
  • All other scholarships are open to students in grades 10-12
  • A maximum of 10 students per school may audition
  • Students who are not at an advanced technical level should not audition
  • Students in grade 12 auditioning for scholarships must have already applied to the colleges who are offering scholarships prior to the festival audition
    • Students must contact the dance divisions of those institutions and notify them of their participation in the National High School Dance Festival auditions prior to the festival
    • Students should call the institution directly for any additional information
  • Students may only audition for those scholarships they can accept based on dates, travel and financial obligations

Audition Classes

  • Festival scholarship auditions will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Students will be placed into one of five audition classes. Classes will run between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • The supervising teacher will be informed of audition times and audition numbers of each student prior to the festival
    • If you are planning to send students to these auditions, please make appropriate travel plans to ensure arrival in time for your scheduled audition time
    • Please do not request specific audition times
    • If the Scholarship Committee has not contacted you regarding your audition time by Feb. 18, 2020, please contact the National High School Dance Festival Coordinator
  • Students will participate in classes consisting of ballet and modern techniques, and there may be a brief improvisational element at the end of the modern segment
  • A mandatory warm-up class will begin 45 minutes prior to each audition class, which is 75 minutes in length
  • Appropriate audition attire is required

Selection and Notification

  • Some students will receive acceptance into a program that may or may not be accompanied by a scholarship
  • Recruiters will either contact auditioning students via the audition call board (notice board) in the lobby  or notify the head teacher if a recruitment conference is necessary
  • All conferences should be completed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on the stated criteria from each institution
  • Recipients will be selected either by a representative from the institution awarding the scholarship or by their designee 

List of Scholarships

Print-friendly version of the scholarship listing as of January 20, 2020

Once the Student Scholarship Application has been submitted, they may not be updated.

Scholarships Offered by Recruiters Attending 

  • Adelphi University
  • Alma College
  • AMDA College of the Performing Arts (LA Campus) / American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NY Campus)
  • American Dance Festival
  • Anderson University
  • Bates Dance Festival
  • Brenau University
  • Broadway Dance Center
  • Butler University Department of Dance
  • Coker University
  • College of Charleston
  • Colorado State University, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • DeSales University
  • Drexel University Dance Program
  • Florida Southern College
  • Goucher College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Institute of the Arts Barcelona
  • Jacksonville University
  • James Madison University
  • Joffrey Ballet School
  • Kansas City Ballet School
  • Kent State University and Limón Midwest Summer Program
  • La Roche University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • Modas Dance
  • Montclair State University
  • Nazareth College
  • New World School of the Arts
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Peridance Capezio Center
  • Point Park University - Community and Summer Education
  • Rowan University
  • Ruth Page School of Dance
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Seton Hill University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Studio School
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University School for Classical & Contemporary Dance
  • Texas Tech University, School of Theatre & Dance
  • The Grier School
  • The Heart School
  • The University of the Arts - Pre-College Programs
  • Towson University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Dance Program
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Valdosta State University
  • Webster University
  • Winthrop University Department of Theatre and Dance

Recruiters Attending NOT Offering Scholarships

  • Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts, School of Film, Dance, & Theatre
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Brigham Young University
  • CalArts Dance
  • Dean College
  • Gibney
  • High Point University
  • Hunter College - CUNY
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Rockford University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • School of Dance- George Mason University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Solutions In Motion, College & Career Consulting for Dancers
  • The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
  • The Juilliard School
  • The School at Jacob's Pillow
  • The University of Texas at Austin- Department of Theatre and Dance
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Roehampton, London
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance & Choreography
  • West Virginia University

Audition Policy and Components

Auditions are open only to students who have registered prior to the festival. 

What You Should Know

  • The information you provide will be used in determining placement
  • Each student who will participate in scholarship auditions must be capable of executing the criteria listed at an advanced level
  • Festival scholarship auditions will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27 beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Students will be placed into one of five audition classes between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Students will participate in classes consisting of ballet and modern techniques, and a brief improvisational element
  • A mandatory warm-up class will begin 45 minutes prior to each audition class, during which students will be given warm-up exercises to prepare them for the ballet and modern aspects of the scholarship auditions. Each audition class is 45 minutes in length.

Attire

  • Appropriate audition attire is required
  • No warm-ups or sweats are permitted, convertible tights are preferred
  • Ballet skirts are not recommended
  • Ballet slippers are required for the ballet component
  • If you have had at least two years of pointe at an advanced level and feel comfortable wearing pointe shoes for the entire ballet portion, you are encouraged to do so

Ballet Components and Criteria

  • Students should wear pointe shoes if they dance en pointe
  • There will be no barre component to the auditions
  • Combinations will include the following and will be the same for all auditioning:
    • Adagio – includes extensions moving in and through body positions, port de bras and épaulement
    • Multiple tours and balancés on relevé
    • Petite Allegro including batterie
    • Grand Allegro

Modern Components and Criteria

  • The combination will include the following and will be the same for all auditioning:
    • Spine work: Contractions, spinal succession, and tilts
    • Floor work: rolling to, from, and on the floor
    • Tilts, spirals, recovery, fall, and rebound
    • Combinations with big directional changes, turns, jumps, and floor work
  • There will be a brief improvisational segment at the end of each audition class

Audition Schedule

2020 National High School Dance Festival Schedule of Events

Start

Finish

Event

Location

7:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

Registration for Students in Class 1

GRW Lobby

7:45 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

Mandatory Warm Up for Class 1

GRW 2

8:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

Audition Class 1 - Ballet and Modern Combinations & Improv

GRW 1

8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

Registration for Students in Class 2

GRW Lobby

9:15 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

Mandatory Warm Up for Class 2

GRW 2

10:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Audition Class 2 - Ballet and Modern Combinations & Improv

GRW 1

10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Registration for Students in Class 3

GRW Lobby

10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Mandatory Warm Up for Class 3

GRW 2

11:30 a.m.

12:45 a.m.

Audition Class 3 - Ballet and Modern Combinations & Improv

GRW 1

12:45 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break for Recruiters

 

12:45 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Registration for Students in Class 4

GRW Lobby

1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

Mandatory Warm Up for Class 4

GRW 2

2:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Audition Class 4 - Ballet and Modern Combinations & Improv

GRW 1

2:15 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Registration for Students in Class 5

GRW Lobby

3:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Mandatory Warm Up for Class 5

GRW 2

3:45 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Audition Class 5 - Ballet and Modern Combinations & Improv

GRW 1