Where Can I Find Scholarships for Ballet Students?

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Where Can I Find Scholarships for Ballet Students?
Scholarships are available to the world's most famous ballet schools. (dancing girl image by DebbieO from Fotolia.com)

An array of ballet scholarships worldwide ensures that there are opportunities available for promising ballet dancers to study at some of the world's finest ballet schools. Students with abundant talent but lacking financial resources have a way forward, thanks to these scholarships. Many scholarships also open doors to opportunities for travel and for professional dance careers in the future.

Russian American Foundation (RAF) Scholarships

The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) is a non-profit organisation that promotes interest in Russian heritage within the United States, and reciprocal interest in American heritage. Ballet scholarships are central to the foundation's mission. To ensure impartiality, the RAF awards its merit-based scholarship for extraordinary talent through the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Competition, launched in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers. The annual, worldwide competition welcomes dancers of all nationalities between 9 and 19 years old, providing them with educational and career opportunities. The RAF also offers two full scholarships for one male and one female student who complete a six-week summer intensive program. The scholarships provide two weeks' training with master teachers at the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The students also participate in a gala performance with some of the world's most talented dancers.

The Royal Ballet School Scholarships

According to the Royal Ballet School's website, the majority of its students depend on financial assistance to attend the school in London. Financial assistance includes full scholarships for Upper School students, maintenance scholarships and part scholarships. In 2010, the school launched the Nadia Nerina Scholarship, a gift in perpetuity through The Philip Loubser Foundation. This scholarship supports exceptional dancers from outside the European Union. It is a full scholarship, awarded every second year to a non-European Union dancer. The school also offers student sponsorship. Sponsors receive progress reports and personal letters as the students develop and grow, and invitations to performances where they dance.

The Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Travelling Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Travelling Scholarship aims to advance cultural education among Australia's outstanding ballet artists between 17 and 29 years of age. The award is open to Australian citizens and covers study, maintenance and travel within Australia, or overseas. The Trust Company administers the scholarship, which is available every two years.

The School of American Ballet (SAB) Scholarships

Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, the School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center has a range of scholarships to assist promising students with financial need. Scholarships cover tuition only, room and board expenses, transportation and academic high school tuition, depending on the individual student's circumstances. These awards are for American students but also are available to foreign students in some cases. A scholarship award is conditional on the student not studying at any other school, nor attending auditions, nor accepting any amateur or professional performing engagements without the school's official approval. A character reference from a previous school principal or teacher is mandatory for every first-time scholarship recipient. The SAB requires a student receiving subsidised academic tuition to maintain an excellent record of attendance, behaviour and satisfactory grades.

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