Scholarships

Grant and scholarship applicants must be a member of one of the following UNITY member organizations.

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Dance Media, Dance New Jersey, Dance Educators of America, Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Florida Dance Masters, International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, Mid Atlantic Dance Masters, More Than Just Great Dancing, National Dance Education Organization, New York State Dance Education Association, National Registry of Dance Educators, Rhode Island Dance Alliance, Southern Association of Dance Masters and Tennessee Association of Dance.

Deadline date for all scholarship programs is
December 31, 2017

 

The Studio Owners Scholarship – A scholarship to advance Business Skills
Sponsored by Cicci Dance Supplies’ | $500 Scholarship

UNITY member Cicci Dance Supplies is pleased to sponsor a scholarship in the amount of $500 to be awarded to one dance studio owner to help defray costs of business related study. The Cicci Scholarship must be used for business related studies. It is available only for studio owners and may not be used for continuing professional development as a teacher/educator, as UNITY offers a scholarship for that purpose.
Cicci Scholarship_Guidelines

 

Dance Teacher Scholarship for Professional Development
Sponsored by UNITY | $500 Scholarship

UNITY is pleased to sponsor a scholarship in the amount of $500 to be awarded to one dance teacher/educator to help defray costs of continuing education in the field. The UNITY Scholarship must be used for professional development as a teacher/educator. It is not available for studio owners and may not be used for business related study, as UNITY member Cicci offers a scholarship for that purpose.
UNITY_Guidlines_PD_Scholarship

NOW APPLY ONLINE, To complete the application click here
 Unity_and_Cicci’s_Scholarship_Application (pdf)  |   Unity and Cicci’s Scholarship Application (word doc)

 


Community Outreach Grant – $500.00 Grant

The grant is created to recognize the uniqueness of dance to help people of all ages and all walks of life achieve mental and physical development. It is designed to help start programs or fund special projects within established programs.

Programs that will be considered should use dance within a non-dance community with the goal of encouraging any of the following: innovation, creativity, collaboration, inclusiveness, enjoyment, mutual respect and artistic exploration.
Guidlines_Community_Outreach_Grant_guidelines

NOW APPLY ONLINE, To complete the application click here
Unity Community Outreach Grant Application Form (pdf)


 

NEW! NYC Dance Deconstructed Residency/Gibney Dance – $500.00 Grant
Sponsored by Dance Pathways

The NYC Dance Deconstructed grant is designed to guide dancers to explore the myriad opportunities that exist to have a meaningful and creative career in dance. Residencies may include: Master Classes, Collaboration and Creative Process Workshops, Panel Discussions, Social Action Workshops, Digital Technology Training, Career Planning, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment, Performance Opportunities, Curated NYC performance and tour packages, and Alumni Gatherings.
NYC_Dance_Deconstructed_Residency_Gibney_Dance_guidelines

NOW APPLY ONLINE, To complete the application click here
NYC_Dance_Deconstructed_Residency_Grant_application (pdf)

 

UNITY Scholarship & Grant Chairperson
Shayna Crews (Florida Dance Masters)
Dancinshay2@msn.com
1204 Dandridge drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501

540-336-0346

 

UNITY ORGANIZATIONS’ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

Sponsored by UNITY with contributions from our member organizations in an effort to promote and experience what each of our members has to offer the dance education field.

GUIDELINES
Applicants must be a member in good standing with one or more of the following organizations:

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Dance Media,  Dance New Jersey, Dance Educators of America, Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Florida Dance Masters, Mid Atlantic Dance Masters, More Than Just Great Dancing, National Dance Education Organization, New York State Dance Education Association, National Registry of Dance Educators, Rhode Island Dance Alliance, Southern Association of Dance Masters and Tennessee Association of Dance.

Applicants must apply for scholarships offered by an organization of which they are not members.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2017

ASSOCIATED DANCE TEACHERS OF NEW JERSEY
January 28, 2018 or October, 2018 (Date TBD) Workshop
Bridgewater Marriott, Bridgewater, NJ.
Four one hour classes in a variety of subjects. 

CHICAGO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DANCE MASTERS
Fall Workshop 2018
Doubletree Chicago-OakBrook, IL
Two day workshop with a world-class faculty with core classes in tap, jazz, basic anatomy, music theory, choreography, and teaching hints.

DANCE MASTERS OF NEW ENGLAND
Teacher Essentials Date TBD 2018
Dean College, Franklin, MA
A one day back to basics workshop in various styles and age levels.

DANCE MASTERS OF WISCONSIN
Fall Workshop November 2018
Olympia Resort and Conference Center, Oconomowoc, WI.
Emphasis is placed on ballet, tap and jazz along with instruction in contemporary, hip hop, and modern.

DANCE TEACHERS CLUB OF BOSTON
Teacher Workshop 2018
Location TBA.
Classes in a variety of styles with some of the country’s top masters.

FLORIDA DANCE MASTERS
Thanksgiving Convention 2018
The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL.
Classes in a variety of styles with some of the country’s top masters.

NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION
NDEO Professional Membership with a 4 week mini Course
2017 spring, summer or fall
Online Professional development Institute (OPDI)
Designated to introduce ideas and concepts in the field of dance education that can’t be found in traditional technique classes, conventions, or workshops.

NEW YORK STATE DANCE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NYSDEA) SCHOLARSHIP
NYSDEA/NDEO Professional 1 year Membership + Winter Conference
2018 February 4 – 5 NYC or 2018 (Dates, City TBD)
Classes, workshops and panel discussions on current topics important to all dance educators. Annual organizational membership included allows for attendance at all NDEO & NYSDEA conferences and online courses, along with participation in the National Dance Arts Honor Society program. Eligibility requirements: Open to Dance Studio Owners or Teachers and New York State residents only.

RHEE GOLD COMPANY
Business Owners’ Seminar 2018
A workshop at the DanceLife Retreat Center will help to reignite that passion deep within you for the art of dance and dance education! The Business’ Owners’ Seminar will show you how to have a dance studio that is efficient and effective without wearing you out.

NOW APPLY ONLINE, To complete the application click here
Unity Organizations’ Scholarship Application Form (pdf)


 

Unity is please to announce the following 2017 Scholarship and Grant Recipients:  


Rachel Stroud from Mid‐Atlantic Dance Masters Chapter 17 was
awarded the Unity Dance Teacher $500 scholarship for Professional Development.

Vanessa Terrell from More Than Just Great Dancing was awarded the
Grant Cicci Costumes Dance Studio Owners $500 Scholarship.

Julie Lucia from More Than Just Great Dancing was awarded the $500
Studio Owners Scholarship from Dance Wear Corner.
Julie

Julie Bodle from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters was
awarded 2 grants, the Curtain Call Community Outreach Grant of $500, and the NYC
Dance Deconstructed at Gibney Dance $500 Grant from Dance Pathways.

 

From Anna Ehmen, UNITY Scholarship recipient

Dear UNITY,

As the recipient of the 2011 UNITY scholarship, I was able to attend Chicago National Association of Dance Master’s 2011 Teacher Training School. Had I not received the scholarship, I would not have been able to financially afford to attend this past year. CNADM is always an inspirational and educational experience, and this past summer was exceptionally so once again. From Matt Farmer’s modern classes, I took away new ideas of how to approach teaching modern dance techniques, especially to beginning students. Meeting both Arthur Duncan and Brenda Buffalino was not only an experience I’ll never forget, but a tool for me to gain a better understanding of the history of tap dance and how it developed in each era. I’ve used much of what I learned from Duncan and Buffalino’s tap classes at training school throughout the last several months with my own students. The way Ricardo Moyano explained the transfer of weight and the placement of the body during his ballet classes at training school, was an “ah ha” moment for me. He explained it in a different way than I usually do with me students; a way that was more effective and easier for the students to understand. I’ve been using his method since training school last July, and it has helped my students out tremendously.

I have tried other professional organizations in the past, but CNADM is by far the best organized and most educational dance teacher program around. I walk away gaining so much knowledge year and after year, and would not be the teacher I am today without this organization. Thank you for providing me with the funds to attend this past July. This past year was one of the roughest years of my life, and some of the hardest times I’ve ever gone through, and being able to get away and be inspired and feel passion again for my dance career was a greater gift than I could ever express in words. Thank you.

Sincerely, Anna Ehmen

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