Dance Scholarships

The Francisco Gella Dance Works Equity Scholarship Program

The Francisco Gella Dance Works (FGDW) Equity Scholarship Program is based on the belief that when given an opportunity to learn and do what they love, every student with motivation can succeed. Therefore every student deserves at least one chance to try. But we are fully aware that not every student has the financial means or support to participate in training and educational dance programs that will give them access to the information they need in pursuit of their goals. To level the playing field of opportunity and identify talent, FGDW offers financial support through full and partial tuition scholarships to eligible applicants for all of its intensives and workshops.

Too often, only students who already attend intensives and conventions, and who can afford to be ‘seen’ and recognized are the ones to benefit from the very opportunities that propel dancers into the best schools, colleges, and jobs. Those who can afford to attend dance training programs are frequently the ones who benefit the most. The FGDW Equity Scholarship Program is an effort to decrease the likelihood that inherent bias will keep any talented and hard-working student from accessing resources to achieve what is possible for themselves.

To achieve our organizational goals of access to opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, the scholarship program is an inclusive and open process. This allows our faculty and staff to identify students who may otherwise be overlooked. Applications are evaluated equally on both merit (achievement and potential for success) and demonstrated financial need.


Scholarships are based on a combined evaluation of financial need as well as the demonstrated potential for success as a future professional dancer and meet the following:

  • Between the ages of 8 years and 21 years old (at the time of application).
  • Considered an intermediate or advanced dancer. This means that a dancer has had at least two years of consistent technical training and takes a minimum of three hours of ballet per week

Submission Requirements

  1. A video of the applicant performing a solo.
    • A video showing work at the ballet barre or across the floor is preferred. The ballet class video should show the student in proper form-fitting ballet attire and must be shot with the video focused close-up on the student applicant. Ideally, the class video will be shot when the student is taking a private lesson.
    • As a less-desired alternative, you may submit a solo. Ideally, the solo should showcase the student’s technique through their movement. This will allow the scholarship selection committee to evaluate both the training itself and the execution of their training. The committee is evaluating the artistic capacity and potential of the student.
    • The technique video or solo must be no more than one year from the date of application. If the student has shown significant improvement in the months leading up to applying, it will benefit the dancer’s chances of receiving a scholarship if they submit a very recent video.
  2. A personal statement from the student. If the student is young, the parent may help the student write it but it should still reflect the dancer’s ideas. The statement should address the following three questions:
    • 1) Why do I love dance?
    • 2) What do I hope to learn as a result of receiving this scholarship?
    • 3) How will my participation contribute to the other students attending the program?
  3. A letter of financial need written by a parent or guardian. This letter should provide detail on the circumstances for why the scholarship support is needed and why financial hardship would keep you from attending without it. The written documentation needs to be supported by facts, and if needed by a reference who can vouch for your stated financial need.
  4. A reference letter from a current teacher or director. The individual that provides the recommendation must be able to provide detail on the student’s current ability level, aptitude for learning, performance in class, the potential for success, and individual motivation to succeed.

Application Deadlines

Priority will be given to students applying by the Early Summer and Early Fall Deadlines, therefore applicants are encouraged to meet the early deadlines to increase their chances of receiving a scholarship award.  Scholarships awarded for those applying by the late deadline are dependent on available funds. Decisions will not be made until after each deadline has passed.

  • Applicants submitting by the Spring and Fall Early Deadline will be notified of scholarship decisions within four weeks following the early deadline.
  • Applicants submitting by the Spring and Fall Late Deadline will be notified of scholarship decisions within two weeks following the late deadline.

Those selected will receive tuition awards ranging from 25% – 100%. If you receive a full scholarship, we do require a non-refundable deposit of $95 to claim and this will go towards your program expenses. For partial scholarship awards, the non-refundable deposit will be applied to your partial balance due.

Summer Programs Scholarship Deadlines

Eligible Programs: Ballet+, The Ballet Company Intensive, New Century Dance Project, and Grand Jeté

2/1 –  Early Deadline for Summer Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

5/1 – Late Deadline for Summer Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

Please note: Scholarship applications for the Preprofessional Dancer Institute (PDI) are awarded through a separate process, and are available through the PDI website only.  

Apply Now

Scholarships are competitive and available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be awarded according to the combined consideration of both merit and financial need. To apply for a scholarship, complete the application below.


Before beginning your application:

  1. Review the entire application and note what is required.
  2. Collect all of your information and document files prior to attempting to complete the application online.
  3. When you are ready, be sure you have enough time to complete the entire application at once.
  4. Please plan ahead because you cannot begin the submission and return later to complete the application.

If you have any questions or need support with your application, please contact us in the chatbox below or email us and we will do our best to address your question in a timely manner.

Scholarship Application


  • Provide number of parent/guardian if applicant is under 18.
  • If the applicant does not have an email address, they can enter the email of a parent/guardian.
  • Month, Day, Year (00-00-0000)
  • Please press 'ctrl +' to select as many as apply

    Please note that you must submit a scholarship application for EACH program in which you are applying for funding. While many of your submission materials may be applicable to more than one scholarship request - each program needs its own application. As you will very likely not be awarded scholarships for every program you apply for, you are encouraged to pick the one (or at the most, two) you’d most like to attend. Thank you for understanding.
  • You can only apply for one program at a time. Please complete another application, if you'd like to be considered for a scholarship for an additional program.


  • A short personal statement explaining what you hope to gain from this program, what you believe you will contribute to the community of participants. The statement must be no longer than 1 page double-spaced with 1 inch margins and 12 point font. Only PDF file types can be uploaded.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 1,000 MB.
  • A statement of financial need from a parent or a guardian. This must provide convincing evidence that the student has a genuine financial need. You may include additional supporting evidence. Only PDF file types can be uploaded.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 1,000 MB.
  • A letter of support from a teacher. The letter should provide evidence of the student’s aptitude for dance, evaluation motivation and work ethic, and potential for future career success. Please include on the letter the reference's contact info: First, Last, Street Address, City, State, Zip (foreign references?), Work Phone, Mobile Phone, Email Address). Only PDF file types can be uploaded.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 1,000 MB.
  • Please upload a recent professional headshot in color (must be at least 300 dpi and less than 1MB). Only .jpg, .pdf, or .png files can be uploaded. This should not be a photo of you in a dance pose. Must be a headshot.
    Accepted file types: jpg, pdf, png, Max. file size: 1,000 MB.
  • Upload a video of you performing classical, modern, or contemporary solo. The work may be on stage or in the studio. Your solo or classical variation should be 1 – 3 minutes long and show you in training clothes or a costume that allows us to see your lines cleanly. Please use a solo or variation that is from the past 12 months. Only complete links to youtube or vimeo will be viewed.
  • Please provide a password, if we must enter one in order to review your merit video. Please note, that if we cannot review your video in time, we may not be able to consider your scholarship request.

  • If the applicant is under 18 years of age, parental or guardian consent is required. Please print your name and provide your contact information, so we can include you on the communication about the scholarship process.

    DO NOT SUBMIT WITHOUT ENSURING ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED. Before submitting your application, review what is required. Then collect all of your information and document files. Once you have done so, return to complete the entire application at one time. Please plan for this since you cannot begin the submission and return later to complete the application.

Feel free to contact us in the chatbox below or email us if you have any questions. We will do our best to address your questions as soon as we can, but please note any delay in our response does not extend the deadline for your application. So we recommend submitting early!