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Grants and Scholarships
FUND YOUR EDUCATION

The Department of Dance has a broad range of scholarships available. These scholarships range from those that are academically based to those that are merit based, with others based on a combination of academic achievement and talent in dance. In addition to scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students, there are a number of scholarships for continuing students to support dancers as they progress through the program. For more information about scholarships, please call 801-422-5086 or email dance@byu.edu.

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Grants & Scholarships

Students enrolled in the Department of Dance may secure funding for creative projects from a variety of sources.

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    Continuing Dance Major Scholarships

    On an annual basis, the Department of Dance awards scholarships to Dance Majors based upon their contributions to the Department and academic achievement. These scholarships range from full tuition to part tuition. The funds for these scholarships come from a variety of sources including the university and many generous benefactors who have donated monies to assistant students in funding their education. Applications are collected at the beginning of each Winter Semester and awards are announced at the semester’s end.

    For more information contact Brent Keck.

    brent_keck@byu.edu

    APPLY HERE

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    Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts

    The Laycock Center provides funding for large-scale collaborative projects. The purpose of this endowment is to create opportunities for students in the College of Fine Arts and Communications to develop and excel in collaborative environments under tutelage of master mentors. The endowment will promote and enable creative collaboration among faculty, students, artists, educators, and scholars in any of the various disciplines of the College, and establish a unique culture of student mentoring.

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    Mary Lou Fulton

    The Department of Dance offers student scholarships and grants through the generosity of the Mary Lou Fulton endowment. Fulton funds should ultimately bless the students and help full-time faculty as they work toward rank advancement. Proposals that support student-centered experiences and opportunities will receive the most support.

    Additionally, applications receive rankings depending upon the classification of the applicant. They are listed below in order of highest to lowest priority:

    1. Assistant Professor-working toward 6th year review
    2. Associate Professor-working toward final review
    3. Full Professor, Associate Professor NOT working toward final review, or visiting full-time faculty
    4. Adjunct Faculty
    5. Dance Major student
    6. Non-Dance Major student

    Other considerations which are taken into consideration when ranking proposals include:

    • Conceptual Merit-depth of experience for participants
    • Strength of the written proposal including proposed budget
    • Potential to benefit students
    • Potential for exposure and/or influence
    • Enhancement/enrichment of ongoing research area
    • Professional development-degree of correlation to current assignments
    • History and level of funding received in the last three years
    • Access to additional funding

    Guidelines for other funding considerations

    • Fulton funds are not intended to fund individual students’ Study Abroad experiences. However, Fulton funds can be used for the following:
    • Directors of Study Abroad programs may apply for funding for a study abroad experience that benefits each of the participants
    • Students may apply for Fulton funds to pay for additional research and/or experiences that are above and beyond the study abroad program, provided there is significant depth of experience
    • Fulton funds are not intended to fund equipment, or production elements of specific performances, except where it would benefit the students.
    • Traditionally, Fulton funds cover actual costs up to per diem costs for full-time faculty.
    • Students are encouraged to write Fulton proposals in order to gain experience in grant writing. Faculty should not write them in the name of students or vice versa. Students should write proposals for projects that are initiated by students.

    Anyone receiving Fulton funds will be given a report deadline and guideline. This report should include how the project impacted/will impact BYU students, as well as a thank you letter from all participants to Ira Fulton. It should include photos, videos, or anything else that will help you to report on the use of the funds. Additionally, please be advised that no further Fulton funding may be applied for if any previous funded Fulton projects that are completed have not had a final report submitted.

    APPLY HERE

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    Oscarson Discovery Grant

    The R. Don and Shirley Oscarson Discovery Grant program is to help the best-qualified senior students in communications, dance, music, visual arts, and theatre and media arts. Through financial grants that assist exceptional students in making a transition from the academic to the professional world, this opportunity will help students to participate in exhibits, auditions, performances, internships, etc. to expose their work to the commercial marketplace and to receive training in the “Business of Art.”

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    Dance Travel Application

    Eligibility for travel funds is ranked as follows from highest to lowest priority:

    1. Assistant Professor-working toward 6th year review
    2. Associate Professor-working toward final review
    3. Full Professor, Associate Professor NOT working toward final review, or visiting full-time faculty
    4. Adjunct Faculty

    *Please note that students are not eligible for travel funds.

    Other considerations which are taken into consideration when ranking proposals include:

    • Conceptual Merit-depth of experience for participants
    • Purpose of travel (ranked from highest to lowest priority):
    • Fulfillment of responsibilities as an officer in a national organization
    • Adjudication of creative works or scholarship
    • Conference presentation or workshop
    • Conference or workshop attendance-not presenting
    • Potential for exposure and/or influence
    • Enhancement/enrichment of ongoing research area
    • Professional development-degree of correlation to current assignment(s)
    • History and level of funding received in the last three years
    • Access to additional funding
    • Conference and certification fees are generally not funded through travel funds.

    APPLY HERE

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    Film & Digital Media Fund Application

    The Film and Digital Media Fund is a means by which Department of Dance faculty receive support to conceptualize, create, and produce innovative media projects in support of the educational mission of the department. Successful proposals will have a detailed and realistic budget, timeline, and plan.

    All department Film and Digital Media Funds must be spent by Dec. 1 of the year awarded, without exception.

    Important note: This application is for department Film and Digital Media Funds, which is a separate fund and application process from college funding of the same name.

    APPLY HERE

Talent Awards

In order to apply for Talent Awards (Incoming Freshman Scholarships) as a high school senior or incoming transfer students, you will need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Submit an official University application to the university.
  2. Complete the application for the High School Senior and Incoming Student Scholarship for the specific area of dance you are interested in. (see below)

For further information, please call the Dance Office at (801) 422-5086

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    Ballet

    Live Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition in person or by online video submission that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants who choose to audition in person will perform in front of members of the BYU Dance Faculty on the BYU Campus. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Live Audition Dates

    Nov. 14, 2020
    8 AM - 10 AM
    283 RB (Richards Building)

    Register for Live Auditions

    Requirements for Live Auditions

    • Attend the audition class in ballet.
    • This will be an advanced technique class on pointe for ladies and with men's technique skills shown throughout class.
    • Wear department-approved, solid color leotards and tights with appropriate foundations underneath.
    • Scholarship eligibility should be a performing level equal to that of BYU Theatre Ballet.

    Preview Day & Audition Days
    Friday, November 13, 2020 – Preview Day
    Students are invited to learn about our dance program at BYU! Participants will have the opportunity to interact with current dance majors and faculty, take ballet and contemporary technique classes, observe company rehearsals, and meet other potential dance majors from throughout the region! This event is FREE and includes a complimentary lunch for those who enroll by November 1, but enrollment is limited.

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 – Audition Day
    Potential students may elect to audition for ballet or contemporary scholarships or both. Dancers will participate in an advanced technique class followed by pointe work for females. Click here for more information about the BYU Department of Dance Dress Code.

    For a sample itinerary, view a past Dance Major Preview Day and Scholarship Audition schedule

    Video Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition in person or by online video submission that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants who choose to audition by video will need to record themselves following the requirements listed below and then submit a video audition application online. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Requirements for video auditions:

    For electronic submissions for ballet scholarships please record one video (6-10 minutes) with the following:

    • Sample barre work, adage, pirouettes, petit allégro, grand allégro, pointe work for women (including pirouettes/fouettés), double tours and à la seconde turns for men.
    • A classical variation. (on pointe for women)
    • A contemporary ballet solo.

    Video Audition Instructions

    Record the required routines.
    Upload to wither Youtube or Vimeo.
    Make sure you enlist your video(s).
    Fill out and submit your application online.

    Video Audition Application Form

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    Ballroom

    Ballroom Application Deadline:

    December 1, 2020

    Submissions opened: October, 15, 2020

    Video Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition by online video submission only that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants will need to record themselves following the requirements listed below and then submit a video audition application online. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Requirements For Video Auditions

    Applicants must record and upload two videos of themselves demonstrating, with a partner:

    1. International Latin (SAMBA)
    2. International Ballroom (WALTZ)

    The videos should include an introduction stating your name.

    Routines should be comprised of syllabus figures and be no longer than one minute.

    Men should wear a shirt and tie, and nice slacks, ladies should wear a leotard and skirt appropriate to the style (no costumes please).

    These auditions are also used to determine advanced placement in our technique program.

    Costumes are not necessary.

    Video Audition Instructions

    Record the required routines.
    Upload to wither Youtube or Vimeo.
    Make sure you enlist your video(s).
    Fill out and submit your application online.

    Video Audition Application Form

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    Contemporary

    Contemporary Application Deadline:

    November 7, 2020

    Live Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition in person or by online video submission that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants who choose to audition in person will perform in front of members of the BYU Dance Faculty on the BYU Campus. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Live Audition Date

    Nov. 14, 2020
    11 AM - 1 PM
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    185 RB (Richards Building)

    Register for Live Auditions

    Requirements For Live Auditions

    • Attend the contemporary dance audition class.
    • Wear department-approved and form-fitting dance attire (no shorts). Plan to dance barefoot.
    • In addition to the class, you will be required to perform a self-choreographed 1:00 minute solo.
    • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. is the Contemporary Scholarship Audition
    • 1:30-3:30 p.m. are the Contemporary Scholarship Solos and Interviews
    • Accompaniment should be on a CD or an MP3 device. However, bring a back-up accompaniment copy or option.
    • Scholarship eligibility should be a performing level equal to that of BYU Contemporary performance companies (i.e. CDT, dancEnsemble, Kinnect).

    Preview day & audition days
    Friday, November 13, 2020 – Preview Day
    Students are invited to learn about our dance program at BYU! Participants will have the opportunity to interact with current dance majors and faculty, take ballet and contemporary technique classes, observe company rehearsals, and meet other potential dance majors from throughout the region! This event is FREE and includes a complimentary lunch for those who enroll by November 1, but enrollment is limited.

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 – Audition Day
    Potential students may elect to audition for ballet or contemporary scholarships or both. Dancers will participate in an advanced contemporary modern technique class. Dancers will perform a one-minute self-choreographed solo. Please bring downloaded music on an electronic device (no CD’s) with an easily accessible headphone port. Be prepared to dance barefoot. Click here for more information about the BYU Department of Dance Dress Code.

    For a sample itinerary, view a past Dance Major Preview Day and Scholarship Audition schedule.

    Video Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition in person or by online video submission that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants who choose to audition by video will need to record themselves following the requirements listed below and then submit a video audition application online. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Requirements for video auditions

    For electronic submissions, solo sequences are preferred; but if submitting footage with more than one dancer, please ensure that viewers are able to identify the applicant. Applicants must submit links for three separate sequences that meet the following criteria:

    1. A center floor modern-contemporary technique sequence that demonstrates alignment, foot articulation, torso articulation, leg extension, balance, strength and overall control. This sequence should also go into and out of the floor. Approximate length: 1 minute 30 seconds.
    2. An across the floor contemporary sequence that goes into and out of the floor, and into the air (leaps, hops, jumps, etc); Approximate length: 1 minute.
    3. A self-choreographed contemporary dance sequence of your choice, showing off your best skills as a contemporary dancer. This 3rd video MUST be self-choreographed. Approximate length: 1 minute 30 seconds.

    Video Audition Instructions

    Record the required routines.
    Upload to wither Youtube or Vimeo.
    Make sure you enlist your video(s).
    Fill out and submit your application online.

    Video Audition Application Form

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    World Dance

    World Dance Application Deadline:

    December 1, 2020

    Submissions opened: October 15, 2020

    Video Auditions

    Applicants must complete an audition by online video submission only that demonstrates their dance performance ability. Applicants will need to record themselves following the requirements listed below and then submit a video audition application online. Visit the BYU Dance Dress Code Philosophy for details about apparel.

    Requirements for video auditions

    Please upload two videos no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds each of you performing different types of dance.

    Together, your submissions should showcase contrasting styles of movement, such as:

    • Clogging and Bollywood
    • Ballet and Tap
    • Irish and Contemporary
    • Any similar combination of your choice

    Please aim to show your strongest selections of varied body movement proficiencies.

    Costumes are not necessary.

    Video Audition Instructions

    Record the required routines.
    Upload to wither Youtube or Vimeo.
    Make sure you enlist your video(s).
    Fill out and submit your application online.

    Video Audition Application Form

Report Templates

Use these report templates as part of the process to apply for a grant. Then drag and drop completed files into the field below to submit Fulton reports.

Fulton Report Template
Film and Digital Media Report Template