Tell us why “Dance Matters” & you could win a $1,000 Scholarship

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November 3, 2014 by Nicole

Dance Journal
The Center for Contemporary Dance is excited to announce its Dance Matters Essay Contest, with the goal of inspiring imaginative thinking about how dance can make a positive impact on families and communities.

The contest is open to Orange and Seminole County students in grades K-12, and the winners will each receive a one-year scholarship (valued at $1,000) to attend a weekly dance class of their choice at CCD.

How to Enter
Students in grades 3-12 must write an essay of 200 words or less that creatively and thoughtfully answers the question:  Why does dance matter to you and how can it build community?

Younger students (grades K-2) may instead submit shorter statements and artwork in response to the question, rather than a full essay.

Additionally, the submitted materials MUST:

  • be original and created by the entrant
  • include the following information in the upper left hand corner of the submission in this format & order:
    • Line 1:  Full name, age and grade level
    • Line 2:  Complete school name and county
    • Line 3:  Contact phone number or e-mail address
  • be emailed or postmarked by Monday, December 1, 2014.


To enter via Mail, send submissions to:
The Center for Contemporary Dance
Dance Matters Essay Contest
3580 Aloma Avenue #7
Winter Park, FL  32792

To enter via Email, send Word documents or scanned essays/artwork files to:

Note: To be eligible for this contest, the student must be an Orange or Seminole County student in grades K-12.

Four winners will be selected by a panel of 10 judges that includes educators, executives and professional artists.  One winner will be selected from each of the following grade groups:

  1. Kindergarten to grade 2
  2. Grades 3 to 5
  3. Grades 6 to 8
  4. Grades 9 to 12

Winners will receive a one-year scholarship valued at $1,000 to attend a weekly dance class at The Center for Contemporary Dance, be featured along with their essay or artwork in promotional campaigns for the organization’s Give Kids the Arts initiative, and receive 4 VIP tickets to any upcoming performance listed on the 2014-2015 season of dance.

Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail on Saturday, December 13, 2014.


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