The 2018 deadline to submit a scholarship application is June 1, 2018. 

CMI provides 3-5 annual scholarships of up to $3,000 to dancers who demonstrate financial need and exceptional skills. Scholarships can be applied to elite university and studio programs such as The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, University of the Arts, and the Boston Ballet or used as program scholarships with the Capitol Movement, Inc. programs.

Since October 2006, CMI has granted more than $20,000 in monetary scholarships to eligible dancers, as well as program scholarships to 60 dancers to participate in CMI programs free of charge. Full scholarships are made available to approximately 20% of youth program participants.

Application Guidelines

Scholarships are awarded based on the following:

  1. A written essay explaining why the applicant wants to attend the specific dance program or university, their future goals, and how they intend to give back to the local dance community in Washington, DC. This essay must be typed in 500 words or less using 12pt Times New Roman font.
  2. An audition demonstrating technical dance and performance abilities. All levels and style of dance are accepted.
  3. Proof of financial hardship in a written statement and year-end tax returns.
  4. A two-minute DVD of a solo performance.
  5. A copy of the acceptance letter to the program for which they are requesting financial aid from CMI.

Scholarship recipients are required to re-apply every year and to teach or assist (depending on age and experience) 1-3 dance choreography classes, camps, and/or workshops. In addition, all award recipients will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher (if applicable) and attend 90 percent of their classes. Written reports must be submitted on a quarterly basis.

“Thanks to a scholarship from CMI, my son Michael was given the opportunity to work with different amazing choreographers and dancers that he would not have had just staying at his home studio. He’s now a professional dancer extremely grateful for his CMI Pre-Pro experience!”

-Sherri Shortell, Mother of Pre-Pro Alumnus and Owner of Center Stage

Capitol Movement Dance Studio

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