leadership scholarship overview
Leadership Scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate leadership in their character as well as their embodiment of one of the following areas of dance practice:
- Performance/technical skill
- Choreography/creative practice
- Dance scholarship/research
- Community-building through dance
Essential parts of leadership for ADF include personal integrity, fostering collaboration and community, and embodying inclusive practices. Applicants should ensure that they speak to these values in their application materials, in addition to demonstrating excellence in their particular area of dance practice. All applicants must demonstrate financial need in order to be considered for a Leadership Scholarship. You may audition for a leadership scholarship via an online portfolio submission process or by attending a live audition.
- Scholarship amounts range from $200 to full tuition.
- All Leadership Scholarship students will take part in weekly sessions designed exclusively for them, devoted to discussing leadership, sharing best practices, and developing ideas about how to foster ethical leadership within the ADF community and their year-round communities.
- Leadership scholarship students are responsible for their tuition balance, room, board, and travel to and from Durham, NC.
How to apply:
- Complete your online application for the Summer Dance Intensive, pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee, and wait for your application to be accepted.
- Once accepted, indicate your interest in applying for a leadership scholarship in your online application and complete the requirements detailed below.
- Within the application, you will specify if you are uploading a portfolio for online review or attending a live audition.
The primary means of auditioning for a Leadership Scholarship is via the submission of an online portfolio. Your portfolio includes a self-interview, a demonstration of you dancing in a modern dance form/contemporary movement practice, and a demonstration of your work in your area of specialization (performance, choreography, improvisation, community practice, dance scholarship).
Your online portfolio requires each of the following:
- Self-Interview: a videotaped self-interview (up to 1.5 minute long) in which you address two prompts from below:
- Discuss how you embody leadership characteristics through your dance practice. OR
- Identify one leadership characteristic and how you embody it in your dance community.
- Technique: 2 minutes of modern technique/contemporary training practices, demonstrating your ability to embody the physical and artistic values inherent in the specific form/practice you have chosen to present. Your dancing should reflect the form’s depth, complexity, and range. We encourage you to perform exercises/phrases that feature your ability to move with musicality or rhythmic sensitivity, that show the physical coordination necessary for the technique, and that involve moving in place and through space.
- Area of Expertise: demonstration of your work in your area of expertise (choose only ONE of the following), submitted in the following formats:
- Performance: a 1.5-minute videotaped solo. Please credit the choreographer appropriately or let us know if you are improvising.
- Improvisation: a 1.5-minute videotaped improvisation: solo, duet, group, or contact. Please let us know any scores you are working from/with.
- Choreography: a 1.5-minute video excerpt of a work you choreographed, performed by yourself or other dancers. Please let us know the title of the work and whether it is a work-in-progress or a finished product.
- Dance on film/Dance video: a 1.5-minute excerpt of a work you created for video. Please let us know the title of the work.
- Community practice: videotaped discussion, print materials, or a combination of both. Video should be no longer than 1.5 minutes and could include a clip of you working in a community; a clip of a community-based practice or performance that you created; a brief self-interview in which you discuss a specific project you are developing/have recently implemented; or any other content that adequately represents your work. Print materials could include lesson plans, promotional materials you developed for a program, or other documentation of that nature. Please submit all print materials in Word or PDF form, and limit your submission to 3 pages.
- Dance scholarship (dance history, interdisciplinary studies, dance criticism, etc.): videotaped discussion, print materials, or a combination of both. Video should be no longer than 1.5 minutes and could include a clip of you discussing the specific area of dance scholarship you are interested in and how your physical dance practice informs that work; your long-term interests in dance scholarship; or any other content that adequately represents your work. Print materials could include an excerpt of your writing in your area of interest. Please submit all print materials in Word or PDF form, and limit your submission to 3 pages.