November 12, 2013 by Nicole
Dance training requires a lot: time, energy, stamina, commitment, dedication and resources. Any “dance mom” (or dad) will tell you that absolutely includes financial resources. Dance families often make many sacrifices so that their student can continue training. And sometimes there are still un-met needs.
That’s where arts organizations, non-profits and the contributions of individual arts patrons come in. Their generosity helps fill the gaps to invest in the training and cultivation of young dancers.
Through a generous donation to The Center for Contemporary Dance’s Give Kids the Arts campaign, a scholarship for private ballet lessons is available to one student who meets the following criteria:
1. The student must have 3 to 5 years of training in ballet and/or modern studies at the time of application.
2. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17.
3. The student must demonstrate a serious interest in and love for dance.
4. The student must complete an in-person interview with an audition component that includes a prepared 2 to 3-minute ballet combination. Audition details will be provided prior to the interview date.
5. The family must prove financial hardship through IRS tax returns.
6. The student must complete one hour of volunteer service each week at The Center for Contemporary Dance.
This one-year scholarship specifically funds private lessons in ballet to advance the student’s proficiency in that time frame.
“The goal,” says Artistic Director Dario J. Moore, “is to produce a dancer with exceptional skills by the end of one year. The scholarship is designed to assist the recipient in manifesting the dream to become a serious contender in the world of dance.”
To be eligible for the award, you must meet the criteria mentioned above and the student must be or become a registered student at The Center for Contemporary Dance, participating in no less than three group classes with full participation in two annual student concerts, all offered at a reduced rate. Valued at more than $6,000, the scholarship package fully covers the cost of one supplemental private ballet lesson per week. All programs and classes are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education.
To apply, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the email, briefly detail the student’s training and background in dance. Please write “Scholarship” in the subject line.
Requests must be received by Friday, December 27, 2013. Applicants will be contacted the week of January 6, 2014 to arrange an interview and audition. The award will be announced January 31, 2014 and the winning student will immediately begin their dance studies.
Interested in supporting programs like these? Consider contributing to the Center for Contemporary Dance. Your patronage and support makes a measurable difference in the lives of children from underserved communities, Title I public schools and populations with special needs. In 2013, we have been able to deliver quality arts experiences to more than 5,000 underserved youth. Additionally,
- 100% of senior-level pre-professional students entered a university dance program.
- 99% of public school educators who hosted a CCD program evaluated that program as significantly contributing to classroom curriculum goals.
- 99% of students participating in a special needs program showed demonstrable improvement in communication, collaboration and learning.
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