Nationals 2022-23

General Information

Scholarships will be awarded to dancers for various reasons including, but not limited to; class performance, excelling at a particular genre, focus, attitude, talent, drive, sportsmanship, etc. DanceMakers’ focus is to make sure students are recognized no matter where they are in the room and to recognize the dancer by name and not number. We have designed our scholarship tags to highlight their name large and their number small in the upper corner. This is meant to help promote an intimate and welcoming environment. Each dancer must wear a scholarship tag throughout the entire weekend to be eligible for scholarships.

All scholarships are nontransferable and property of the recipient’s studio. Registrations for scholarship winners must be on the studio account and not independent registrations. All scholarship winner names have been flagged in our system. Once attendee is added and your registration is competed, check the box next to the attendee’s name that says “scholarship” and choose the appropriate option. Your fee will be removed at this point. Scholarships are non-transferable.

General Scholarships Presented From All Classes

Regional ScholarshipsThese scholarships are awarded by each of our faculty members to outstanding dancers in the Camp Dance, Junior, Teen and Senior ballrooms. These scholarships give dancers the opportunity to be recognized in all styles of dance for their hard work and dedication. The scholarship is valid at any two of our Regional events on the 2023-24 Tour.

Courage ScholarshipsThe Courage Scholarship can be awarded to dancers in any age level. We are aware that following your passion and going after your goals requires dedication, consistency, hard work, and courage! This is meant to give dancers affirmation that they are working towards something much bigger than dance and that they can bring this courage into all aspects of life. Courage scholarships are valid for 1 regional convention from the time it was presented to the end of the 2023-24 Tour.

Giving Keys ScholarshipsDanceMakers has once again teamed up with our friends at The Giving Keys. This scholarship comes with a customized Giving Key necklace engraved with "Brighter" and also comes with a year long Regional scholarship. This scholarship is all about paying it forward. We want you to wear this "Brighter Still" necklace until you come across someone who you feel needs the message more than you do. You will then give this person your necklace and tell them how the message has helped you in your life. It is awarded to a dancer who we feel may need this message at this particular point in life. It is meant to encourage growth and broaden perspective and to also acknowledge their perseverance and hard work.

Independent Lake Camp ScholarshipsIndependent Lake Camp is excited to be providing DanceMakers dancers with scholarship opportunities to one camp session this summer! One half tuition scholarship and one full tuition scholarship will be awarded. Offering an impressive array of activities with superb facilities and staff, Independent Lake Camp is a premier overnight camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania that celebrates diversity, promotes creativity, & empowers individual growth with camper-chosen personalized scheduling.*Interested in attending Independent Lake Camp this summer? Mention DanceMakers when registering and receive 10% off registration fees!

Audition Scholarships

Hip Hop AuditionThere will be an audition class with Dejan Tubic held in the Junior, Teen, and Senior rooms. There will be elements similar to our Regional Audition Class, but it will be structured as more of a real-world audition. There will be feedback given to dancers on an individual basis to help correct mistakes and to also point out what they did correctly. We do our best to provide a positive, encouraging and loving atmosphere, while also preparing the dancers on what to expect in an audition. In each class there will be a combination presented, which will directly be followed by the “audition process”. All dancers will perform in groups, notes will be taken, and constructive criticism and positive reenforcement will be given. We will then narrow this down to finalists. The finalists will be asked to perform a piece choreographed by Dejan at the Wrap It Ceremony on Thursday.

Pace Universtiy ScholarshipThe second audition class will be held only in the Senior Room. Rhonda Miller, head of Pace University’s Commercial Dance, BFA program, will be conducting this audition. This will include both a Jazz combination and Ballet variation. DanceMakers and Pace University have partnered together and will be issuing a $75,000 scholarship to Pace University to the finalist of the audition process at Nationals. The finalist will be accepted into Pace University’s Dance Program and awarded the DanceMakers Scholarship. The finalist will need to be accepted academically to Pace University separate from the audition process. The scholarship recipient must be an upcoming Junior, upcoming Senior and/or graduating Senior in high school. The winner will be announced on Thursday at the Wrap It Ceremony.

Additional Senior Audition ScholarshipsYear Long Scholarship - This scholarship allows the recipient to attend our entire 2023-24 Regional Tour at no cost!

2 City Regional Scholarship - This scholarship allows the recipient to attend any two of our Regional events on the 2023-24 Tour.
Pace University Intensive Scholarship - Full scholarship to the Pace University Intensive.

The Collective

The Collective and Collective JV are elite groups of dancers chosen by the DanceMakers faculty as outstanding representatives of “who we are”. Dancers who show an “it” factor are hand chosen at Nationals by our faculty and invited to attend every stop on the following tour. The criteria is based on recognizing technique, drive, style or attitude, and attendance. The opportunities gained in being a part of this once in a lifetime program will add to the work experiences and performing opportunities for dancers who are on the road to a professional career. The members of “The Collective” will have the privilege of training, studying, and performing with our world renowned teachers and choreographers. This program allows outstanding dancers to become a part of the DanceMakers FAM and travel the country as assistants, performers and staff members for a well rounded experience in the dance industry.

The Collective Will Receive:A year scholarship to all DanceMakers Conventions for their reigning year, as well as, for Collective only a lifetime scholarship to DanceMakers conventions! Honored at all Awards Ceremonies, such as the Warm Up and Wrap It. Receive complimentary DanceMakers apparel and of course, the iconic “The Collective” letterman jacket. A free trip to our “Collective Weekend,” where members will receive head-shots, a welcome dinner, choreography for the upcoming season’s performance and private classes. Travel arrangements and/or accommodations for “The Collective” for at least SEVEN cities per dancer. This makes it the first and only program in the industry providing financial support to mentorship programs.

The Collective JV Will Receive:A year long scholarship to all DanceMakers Conventions for their reigning year, as well as a year long scholarship for the following season. Honored at all Awards Ceremonies, such as the Warm Up and Wrap It. Receive complimentary DanceMakers apparel and of course, the iconic “The Collective JV” letterman jacket. Sponsored attendance to the first city on tour where members will receive head-shots and choreography for the upcoming season’s performance. Travel arrangements and/or accommodations for “The Collective JV” for at least FIVE cities per dancer. This makes it the first and only program in the industry providing financial support to mentorship programs.

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