Princess Grace Dance Awards



Dance Grant OpportunitiesApplication ComponentsWork Sample Guidelines


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Grant Period: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

Deadline: May 1, 2017



Dance Grant Opportunities


Please read the below guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility.

SCHOLARSHIPS to a promising student for tuition toward professional training at a non-profit school with dance as a focused discipline located in the United States. Students must have been a dance major at the school for at least one year. Please note, grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e. room and board, materials, books, costumes, etc.) may be included. Students enrolled in dance education or graduate programs are not eligible for scholarships.

FELLOWSHIPS are available for salary assistance for a new, full-time artistic employee (not an apprentice) of a non-profit dance company. Nominee must have been under contract with the company for at least one year, and not more than five years at time of application. Professional non-profit dance companies must meet the following requirements:

  • Employ professional management staff
  • Have been in continuous operation as an independent 501(c)(3) company for at least 3 years
  • Have a total of 10 weeks of rehearsal and performance per year
  • Have demonstrated the ability to raise public and private funds

Application Components


Required from Nominee

  • Completed online application, including dates of productions and employment.
  • Resume of nominee, including dates of training and employment (as applicable) as a professional dancer
  • Personal Statement: Please write a personal statement that focuses on one of the questions below. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins .
    • What was the most challenging experience you faced in dance, and what was the most valuable lesson you learned by confronting this challenge?
    • What do you wish to achieve in three years and how will you accomplish this goal?

  • Work samples: A compilation of solos (2-3) must be submitted featuring different choreographers. Choose work that showcases the nominee’s range of artistry, skill and technique. The samples should be representative of work within the past two years. Work samples may be submitted via links such as vimeo or youtube. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
  • High res photo (300 dpi) of nominee suitable for publicity

Required from Nominator:

  • Nominator's recommendation: Please state why you consider this candidate outstanding and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how the candidate demonstrates his/her excellence and future promise to advance the field. Not to exceed one page; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Grant Request Verification :
    • Tuition Verification (Scholarships only): Please provide verification of tuition from the bursar's office for the 2016-2017 school year, exclusive of room and board, living expenses, etc.
    • Salary Verification (Apprenticeships and Fellowships): Please provide a letter on company stationery verifying the requested grant amount for the applicant. The request amount is for the salary/artistic fee only, exclusive of benefits. Please explain your reasoning for the requested amount.
  • Scholarships Only: Schools should submit the following documents:
    • Description of program offerings
    • List of faculty
    • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
  • Apprenticeships and Fellowships Only: Professional Non-Profit Dance companies should submit the following documents:
    • Most recent financial and/or annual report
    • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status
    • List of artistic and administrative staff, board of directors/trustees, and company members
    • Company description/mission statement

Work Sample Guidelines

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by May 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
  • The total of all selections must not exceed 10 minutes. Samples longer than 10 minutes will not be viewed.
  • One solo must be performed in a dance studio without costume (no living spaces, please).
  • One solo must be performed with costume. (Please make sure the nominee is clearly visible and not too small on the screen. It is also imperative that the costume not hide the dancer’s body.)
  • It is strongly recommended that one video submission feature a performance solo where the applicant is clearly identifiable and visible throughout the performance. Please note performance footage from the back of the house where nominee is not clearly visible will NOT be considered.
  • The Dance Panel will not view media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions. Please do not use works edited with jumpcuts, dissolves, etc.
  • None of the submitted works may be the nominee’s own choreography.

Start the Dance Application

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017 (11:59 PM PT)