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Charles “Chuck “Kelley Scholarship

Dance Educators of America Inc. is proud to implement the “Charles 'Chuck' Kelley Scholarship” in the amount of $10,000.00.  Beginning in July of 2018 and continuing annually thereafter, the “Charles 'Chuck' Kelley Scholarship” will be awarded at the Dance Educators of America Inc. National Convention and Competition.  This scholarship will be paid directly to the university, college or conservatory where the recipient is registered to attend and pursuing a degree in a performance based major, dance or musical theatre.  The recipient can be reimbursed by Dance Educators of America Inc. for approved study related expenses, provided proper documentation is submitted to Dance Educators of America, Inc. in a timely fashion.

The Scholarship will be paid over 4 semesters in $2,500 increments and must be used within four (4) years after receiving the scholarships.

Students auditioning for the scholarship will be adjudicated in Ballet, Contemporary and   Jazz classes, all of which will be considered as part of the final determination.  The Adjudication panel for the audition classes will consist of representatives from the universities, colleges and conservatories offering scholarships at the Dance Educators of America Inc. National Convention and Competition from their institutions. 


Dean College Scholarships

Dean College will be offering five (5), $10,000 a year (minimum) scholarships for dancers to train in Franklin, MA at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College.  The college offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, theater, improvisation, ballroom and Pilates. Unique two and four year programs allow students to train, perform, choreograph, teach, intern and learn the ins and outs of the dance industry by our world renowned faculty. For more information on the program and faculty please visit Dean.edu/dance

Prospective dancers will be monitored throughout the week in workshop classes, competition and will be adjudicated in all of the audition classes.  Dancers who are interested must send a headshot and resume to Todd Shanks, tshanks@dean.edu with the subject DEA Scholarship 2019. 


Troy University Scholarships

Troy’s BFA in Dance, offers a three-prong curriculum.  The program encourages dancers to develop performance strengths in all areas of dance and prepares them for the future of their choice.  Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance Expanded Trojan Opportunities Scholarship give performing arts student recipients the opportunity to attend Troy University as an in-state student, eliminating out of state tuition.  The dollar amount is equal to the existing out-of-state portion tuition.  The scholarship totals $36,120 for four (4) years or $9,030 a year. 

Troy University will be offering five (5) Dance Scholarships and five (5) Musical Theatre Scholarships.  Students auditioning for the Dance Scholarships will be adjudicated in all of the audition classes by a representative from the Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance ETO and will be monitored throughout the Dance Educators of America, Inc. National Convention and Competition in workshop classes and competitions to determine the recipients.  The Musical Theatre Scholarships will be awarded based on Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp classes and Showcase performance.  A representative from Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance ETO will monitor and award these scholarships.

Receiving these scholarships is contingent upon your acceptance to the university and meeting the ETO scholarship requirements.

Contact Deborah Hicks, Coordinator of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance, dhicks@troy.edu for additional information about the scholarship.


Sixteen (16) $500 scholarship to be used towards the cost of the 2019 Dance Educator of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp

Student criteria for scholarship

·      Applicants applying for the scholarship must be a student of a Dance Educators of America., Inc. member

·      The student and teacher must have attended a 2019 Dance Educators of America, Inc. Regional Convention/Competition

·      Write a letter stating why they would like to receive the “So Danca” Musical Theatre Camp Scholarship

·      Scholarship request letters must be received in the Dance Educators of America, Inc. office no later than May 1, 2019

·      All requirements for attending the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp are met

·      Mail the request letter to:

                  Dance Educators of America, Inc.

                  So Danca Scholarship

                  P.O. Box 740387

                  Boynton Beach, FL  33474

          Email letter to: info@dancedea.com

·      Applicants will be notified by May 10, 2019 if they have received the scholarship.

“So Danca” Musical Theatre Camp Scholarship


Students of Dance Educators of America, Inc. members are eligible for a 20% scholarship to be used towards the cost of attending the Dance Educator of America, Inc. Advanced Teacher Certification School.  Students must be in high school and have completed their sophomore year.  The member teacher must register their eligible student in the Advanced Teacher Certification School in at least one of the four (4) subjects offered: Ballet, Jazz, Modern and/or Tap.  The scholarship will be given when all requirements for attending the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Advanced Teacher Certification School are met and have paid 25% non-refundable deposit.  Member teachers must register their student for the Advanced Teacher Certification School and paid the 25% non-refundable fee by May 1, 2019 to receive the scholarship.  The attendees will be taken by registration deposit date.  Once a student is registered for the Advanced Teacher Certification School, they have two weeks to pay the 25% non-refundable deposit or the scholarship will be withdrawn.

Student Assistance Teacher Scholarships to the Advanced Teacher Certification School


Students of Dance Educators of America, Inc. members that register before May 15 are eligible for tuition scholarships to the Musical Theatre Camp.  Dance Educators of America, Inc. is offering 10% scholarships to students that would like to attend the camp.  The member teacher must register for the Musical Theatre Camp, using the Dance Educators of America online registration system and pay a $250.00 non-refundable deposit.  Once this has been completed, notify the Dance Educator's office by email at Info@DanceDEA.com and we will apply the Intensive scholarship to their registration. 

There are a limited number of attendees that can be accepted to the 2019 Musical Theatre Camp.  The attendees will be taken by registration deposit date.  Once a student is registered for the Camp, they have two weeks to pay the $250.00 non-refundable deposit or the scholarship will be withdrawn, and the registration will be deleted. 

Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp Scholarship


·     Must be a student of a Dance Educators of America, Inc. active member teacher

·      Student and the member teacher must be registered for the Dance Educators of America, Inc. National Convention Workshop, if attempting to obtain a scholarship for the “Charles “Chuck” Kelley” Scholarship, Dean College Scholarships and the Troy University Dance Scholarships

·      Student and the Member teacher must be registered at the host hotel for the dates of entire event for the Dance Educators of America, Inc. National Convention and Competition, if attempting to obtain a scholarship for the “Charles “Chuck” Kelley” Scholarship, Dean College Scholarships and the Troy University Dance Scholarships

·      Student must be registered for the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp, if attempting to obtain a scholarship for the Troy University Musical Theatre Scholarships

·      Students that are using a scholarship to attend either Dance Educators of America, Inc. National Convention Workshop or the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical Theatre Camp must be registered at the host hotel for the dates of entire

·      Students must have satisfactorily completed their junior year of High School for “Charles “Chuck” Kelley Scholarship”

·      The student must have satisfactorily completed their Sophomore year of High School for Dean College Scholarships and Troy University Scholarship

·      Complete Scholarship Audition Application and return to Dance Educators of America, Inc. office by June 1, 2019.  Applications will be available on the Dance Educators of America, Inc. website, www.DanceDEA.com, in April of 2019.

·      Students that are attempting to obtain a scholarship for the “Charles “Chuck” Kelley” Scholarship, Dean College Scholarships and the Troy University Dance Scholarships must take all of the audition classes offered

·      Students that are attempting to obtain a scholarship for the “Charles “Chuck” Kelley” Scholarship, Dean College Scholarships and the Troy University Dance Scholarships must attend the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Gala Awards Banquet

·      Students that are attempting to obtain a scholarship for the Troy University Musical Theatre Scholarships must participant in the Dance Educators of America, Inc. Music Theatre Camp Showcase.

·      Lists of additional colleges will added once they are confirmed.

Student Criteria For Scholarships


Tentative Dates for Scholarships

·      May 1, 2019                          cutoff date for “So Danca” scholarships

·      May 21, 2019                        notification date for “So Danca” scholarship

·      July 1 through July 4, 2019  2019 Dance Educators of America, Inc. Advanced Teacher Certification School

·      July 1 through July 4, 2019 2019 Dance Educators of America, Inc. Musical        Theatre Camp

·      July 3 through July 7, 2019  2019 Dance Educators of America, Inc. National       Convention and Competition

·      July 3, 2019                          College Scholarship Audition Classes

o     7:30 am                           Registration desk opens in the Palm Beach                                 Convention Center

o     8:30am - 10:00am             Ballet Audition Class

o     10:15am - 11:45am          Contemporary Audition Class

o     11:45am - 12:15pm          Lunch

o     12:30pm - 2:00pm             Jazz Audition Class

July 4, 2019 -                        Scholarships will be announced for students    taking the Musical Theatre Camp at the 2019                                             Music Theatre Camp Showcase

July 7, 2019 -                        Scholarships will be announced for students    taking the 2019 National Convention Workshop at the Gala Awards Banquet