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Scholarship Programs

BalletMet Columbus' Dance Academy Scholarship Programs offer students in the Central Ohio area opportunities for quality dance education and training. All Categories require an audition and/or teacher observation in class and must be renewed yearly based upon review of criteria.

  • Dare To Be Moved Scholarships: Partially to fully funded tuition scholarships for students 9-18 years of age.
  • Discover Dance Scholarships: Exclusively for students 8-11 years of age entering the BalletMet Dance Academy for the first time.

Each type of Scholarship Program has different levels of funding and requirements. If a student is offered a scholarship for dance study at BalletMet's Dance Academy, they will be required to adhere to guidelines listed within the Scholarship Letter of Agreement. All categories may require an audition and/or teacher recommendation and must be renewed yearly based upon review of criteria. BalletMet requires all families who accept a scholarship to submit their tax forms for the previous calendar year for consideration.

Scholarship Supervision
A three-person Committee oversees the Program with support of Scholarship Coordinator: Academy Director, Academy Managing Director and Director of Education.

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Scholarship Auditions


National Dance Education Organization
The primary mission of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is: (1) to promote and honor outstanding achievement in students 11-18 years of age studying dance; (2) to encourage well-rounded young dance artists to be leaders in their communities; and (3) to identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the National Dance Education Organization's Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honors programs in the United States.

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is a program developed in cooperation with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). BalletMet is pleased to extend the capability of making it possible for students who participate in dance to receive the opportunity to be credited on their school records and transcripts. With the time they have dedicated to dance we feel this a valuable program. In addition, our hopes are to encourage well-rounded dance artists to become leaders in their communities after high school graduation.

Fee Structure

More information on NHSDA

Dare To Be Moved Scholarships

Rationale: Open to all Academy students at various income levels ages 9-18. The total number of students in this program varies depending on number of applicants and their varying levels of talent and financial need. Funding varies from full to partial for academic year and summer study options and is awarded on a sliding scale based on talent, attendance, dance learning progress, financial need and underserved populations. Some of these scholarships may be named scholarships in addition to Dare To Be Moved. Evening summer study enrollment is required if the student is not attending BalletMet’s Summer Intensive Program.

Criteria: Listed in order of importance
Excellent Attendance
Teacher recommendation, observation and/or audition
Above Average student dance learning progress/aptitude
Financial Need/Income Statement may be required
Underserved student population

Student/Parent Requirements:
Audition and/or teacher consultation with Scholarship Committee
Excellent Attendance
Good dance learning progress
Student Desire
Family Commitment
Attendance at all recommended meetings such as Nutcracker Orientation, Summer Study, Dancer Wellness, etc.
Required to audition for BalletMet’s Nutcracker and Summer Intensive, if of appropriate age.
2.5 GPA strongly encouraged but not required
Required to participate in Summer Study.

Partial to full tuition for Academic year and evening Summer study
Minimum prescribed course of dance study
Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for a
reduced rate of $15.00 per month for classes outside of the prescribed course of study. Those who do not qualify will be expected to pay full price or the remainder of tuition.
Access to the tutoring program.
Tickets to select performances

Discover Dance Scholarships

Discover Dance Scholarship Auditions Saturday, April 20, 2013 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Audition Information

Discover Dance Scholarship

Rationale: Open only to students ages 8-11 years entering BalletMet's Dance Academy for the first time. Limited enrollment to the class. Prior dance training is not required. Open auditions will be held at schools and BalletMet for 8-11 year olds. This category is a "feeder" to other scholarship categories within the Academy.

Criteria: Listed in order of importance
By audition only for 8-11 year olds: Grade 2-5 students
High Potential for dance training
Student Desire
Family Commitment
Financial Need and under-served populations given preference but not required

Student/Parent Requirements:
Above average dance learning progress
Potential for further intensive dance training
Family Commitment
Attendance at all recommended meetings
Financial Need - not required but counts heavily
2.5 GPA strongly recommended but not required

Fully funded tuition for two classes per week (total three hours) that are chosen by BalletMet and follow a prescribed course of study.
Access to the tutoring program.
Tickets to select performances.


Financial Aid

Recipients not publicized. Is viewed as separate from Scholarships. Determined on a rolling application basis.

  • Open to all Academy students except Early Childhood at various income levels. Number of students vary depending on number of applicants and their varying levels of documented financial need
  • Need-based Aid--only partial funding available. Types of classes for funding may be limited. Family commitment, desire to dance, previous attendance if BalletMet student.
  • Funding awarded on sliding scale based on gender, attendance, desire and financial income.
  • Requirements: All applicants must furnish an income statement, attendance, teacher recommendation when possible