Nationals 2023-24

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 ScholarshipThese 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 2024-25 Tour.

Courage ScholarshipThe 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 2024-25 Tour.

Giving Key ScholarshipThis scholarship comes with a customized necklace engraved with “Home" and also comes with a year long Regional scholarship. This scholarship is all about paying it forward. We want you to wear this 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 ScholarshipIndependent 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 a hip hop audition class 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 followed directly 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 the instructor at the Wrap It Ceremony on Thursday

Pace University Scholarship

DanceMakers is excited to continue our college partnership with Pace University. The scholarships offered will only be open to dancers who are rising to their junior or senior year in high school. The following scholarships will be picked from the Pace Scholarship Audition class:
  • One dancer will be awarded a $75,000 Scholarship to Pace University. This recipient will have to apply to Pace and be accepted academically.
  • One dancer will be awarded a scholarship to the Pace University fall dance intensive. This dancer will be invited to attend this incredible intensive at no cost. Additional details and dates will be provided by Pace University.

Additional Senior Audition Scholarships

From the Pace Scholarship Audition Class, the following DanceMakers scholarships will be picked. All dancers in this room are eligible.
  • Up to 10 Two Regional Convention Scholarships to the 2024-25 Tour
  • Up to 10 Full Year Scholarships to the 2024-25 Tour

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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