Are you a 15-18 year old dancer?

Apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. 

Applications open spring 2018.

Dance

Dance accepts auditions in ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap, and world dance forms. The strongest auditions demonstrate a clear technique, a strong unique voice, and a creatively sophisticated sense of nuance and range.

Why Apply

  • Receive cash awards of up to $10,000

  • Take master classes with accomplished dancers and choreographers such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Camille A. Brown, Michelle Dorrance, John Heginbotham, Bill T. Jones, Philip Neal, Jorge "Fabel" Pabon, and Desmond Richardson

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • ​Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

Am I Eligible

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

How To Apply

  • ​Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in

  • Prepare the required submission materials

  • Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool

  • ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.

    • Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
      • An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
      • Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
      • Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
      • Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
  • Click SUBMIT by the deadline.