17 dance college scholarships up for grabs

Dancewave presents dance college fairThe Brooklyn-based dance education non-profit Dancewave is preparing to present its annual Dancing Through College & Beyond event, which it describes as the largest nationwide college informational session for students interested in dance.  This year, more than 15 of the nation’s top college dance programs will be offering scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full rides. Plus, dancewear sponsorships will be up for grabs.


Set for Saturday, October 22, the free college fair will take place at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in NYC from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. The event is expected to welcome more than 300 students from all over the country. All attendees will have the opportunity to explore over 45 of the nation’s top college dance programs, getting to meet one-on-one with program chairs, renowned faculty and choreographers, alumni, and students.


The live college auditions are scheduled for 3:45 and 5:30 pm, giving high school seniors the chance to tryout for more than 30 dance programs from around the country in just one day. This eliminates the exorbitant costs of traveling to each school individually.


Panel discussions will also be offered, with college department chairs and education specialists providing practical tips for submitting applications, requesting financial aid and auditioning.


Dancewave Executive and Artistic Director Diane Jacobowitz said in a news release, “We are proud to offer free access to college opportunities for a diverse range of high school students particularly because the college application process is often so confusing and costly. To further eliminate the financial barriers that come with the audition process and enable those high school seniors that are serious about dance the opportunity to audition for these elite programs speaks to our mission to make dance accessible to all.”


See the list of colleges, programs and businesses offering scholarships below. Other colleges participating in the 2016 event include the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, California Institute of the Arts (The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance), Denison University, DeSales University, George Mason University’s School of Dance, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Hope College, Hunter College, Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, Middlebury College, NYU Tisch Institute of the Performing Arts, Pace University’s School of Performing Arts, Peridance Capezio Center, Point Park University, Queensborough Community College, Rider University’s Westminster School of the Arts, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Purchase College, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School of Dance, The New School’s Eugene Lang College, The Ohio State University, The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, University at Buffalo, University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, and Virginia Commonwealth University.


For more information, visit http://dancewave.org/DTCB.


– Adelphi University

– American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

– Broadway Dance Center

– Cornish College of the Arts

– Drexel University (Westphal College of Media Arts & Design)

– Gaynor Minden

– Hofstra University

– Miami Dade College (New World School of the Arts)

– Montclair State University

– Sacred Heart University

– Slippery Rock University

– Steps Conservatory Program

– Temple University (Boyer College of Music and Dance)

– Towson University

– University of Massachusetts Amherst

– University of the Arts

– Wayne State University (Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance)