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Scholarship Opportunities

The goal of the NYCDA Foundation College Scholarship Program is to award multiple 4 year college scholarships, primarily with total values of $5,000-$25,000. These scholarships will be awarded as tuition payments directly to the college of YOUR choice. The scholarship recipient must pursue a performance-based major (dance, musical theater BA or BFA program) in college.

In 2019, the Foundation established a program recognizing those dancers who choose to attend a certificate program. Dancers choosing to pursue a certificate program will receive 50% of the amount they were originally awarded. (NYCDA Foundation scholarships may not be used for programs affiliated with Steps on Broadway.)

Since our inception in 2010, the foundation itself has awarded over $4,000,000 in college scholarships. NYCDA Foundation scholarship recipients are now represented in 45 prestigious arts programs across the country.

Scholarships are awarded each year through an application and audition process. Currently, TWO opportunities are planned for Summer 2022.

June 28, 2022: This scholarship audition opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the NYCDA 4-day National Summer Workshop – at the Arizona Biltmore. The audition will consist of a ballet class, a contemporary class, and potential interviews. A separate application is needed to audition.

To apply, visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/nycdance

The tentative schedule for June 28th is as follows. (Subject to change.)

9:00 AM Registration/Warm Up

10:00-12:00 PM Ballet Audition Class

12:00-12:30 PM Lunch

12:30-2:30 PM Contemporary Audition Class

2:30-3:30 PM Q & A

There will also be a College Fair on June 28, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Representatives from all the attending college partners will be present to distribute information and answer questions.

July 16, 2022: This scholarship audition opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the NYCDA 4-day National Summer Workshop – At the Orlando Hilton. The audition will consist of a ballet class, a contemporary class, and potential interviews. A separate application is needed to audition.

To apply, visit: https://app.getacceptd.com/nycdance

The tentative schedule for July 16th is as follows. (Subject to change.)

9:00 AM Registration/Warm Up

10:00-12:00 PM Ballet Audition Class

12:00-12:30 PM Lunch

12:30-2:30 PM Contemporary Audition Class

2:30-3:30 PM Q & A

There will also be a College Fair on June 16, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Representatives from all the attending college partners will be present to distribute information and answer questions.

ELIGIBILITY: This audition will only be open to dancers registered to attend the NYCDA 4-day Summer Workshop and who have most recently completed their Junior or Senior year in high school. This will also serve as the scholarship evaluation for our College Partners. Below is a list of colleges that have attended in the past. The 2022 list will be announced soon.

Marymount Manhattan College (NY)

Point Park University (PA)

Mercyhurst University (PA)

Pace University (NY)

Southern Methodist University (TX)

Montclair State University (NJ)

The Hartt School (CT)

University of the Arts (PA)

Dean College (MA)

Western Michigan University (MI)

Texas Christian University (TX)

  • This audition is only open to students who have just completed their Junior or Senior year of high school.
  • At the July 2021 NYCDAF National College Auditions, 174 rising high school seniors auditioned for 10 college partners. It resulted in 130 dancers being recruited by the prestigious dance programs and sharing in $15 million in college scholarships offered.
  • At the July 2021 NYCDAF National College Auditions, 73 recently graduated high school seniors auditioned for the NYCDAF Scholarship Selection Committee. It resulted in 46 dancers sharing in $400,000 in scholarships awarded directly from the NYCDA Foundation, which the dancers can utilize at the college of their choice.


ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

An additional scholarship audition opportunity has historically been offered annually, in conjunction with the NYCDAF Destiny Rising performance and fundraiser in New York City.

The 2022 details remain TBD. Regrettably, it is likely that COVID will prevent us from producing this event this year.

PAST ELIGIBILITY: This audition is open to dancers from studios that have participated in the NYCDAF National Fundraising Campaign. Independent dancers also welcome.

  • For every $1000 in donations contributed to NYCDAF (Oct. 1, 2019-September 30, 2022), one dancer may attend this private scholarship audition. No limits! Dancers not affiliated with a studio are welcome to fundraise independently. A $1,000 donation to NYCDAF is required.
  • This audition will be open to all dancers who are in their junior year of high school through their junior year of college.

Each dancer's experience at the audition will include:

  • Two mandatory college audition classes – one ballet, one contemporary.

The exact number of scholarships to be awarded at each audition/event is still to be determined. Your fundraising dollars will certainly help make a difference in the lives of more dancers.