Leadership Scholarship

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
  • Improvisation
  • 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.  

Details:

  • 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:

  1. Complete your online application for the Summer Dance Intensive, pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee, and wait for your application to be accepted. 
  2. Once accepted, indicate your interest in applying for a leadership scholarship in your online application and complete the requirements detailed below.

PORTFOLIO requirements

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:

  1. Self-Interview: a videotaped self-interview (up to 1.5 minute long) in which you:
    • Reflect on the critical lens for this year: what is solidarity? How does dance create solidarity?
    • Identify one leadership characteristic and how you embody it in your dance community.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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LIVE scholarship AUDITION DETAILS

ADF encourages students to submit their Leadership Scholarship audition online. For students that wish to attend a live Scholarship Audition, there are opportunities listed below! Live auditions are formatted to include a masterclass followed by an audition. Students are encouraged to attend both the class and audition.

COLUMBUS, OH: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018
Masterclass: 1:00-2:30pm
Audition: 2:30-3:30pm
Ohio State University Department of Dance
Sullivant Hall 390
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DURHAM, NC: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
Masterclass: 4:00-5:30pm
Audition: 5:30-6:30pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
Travel Info

BIRMINGHAM, AL: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019
Time: 1:00-7:00pm
Event: Alabama Dance Festival (only open to registered festival participants)
Please note: There is a separate ADF masterclass at this Festival on Saturday, January 26th.

DURHAM, NC: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019
Masterclass: 4:00-5:30pm
Audition: 5:30-6:30pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
Travel Info

Live Audition Overview

Check-in: Arrive early! Check-in will usually begin approximately 30 minutes before the class or audition. At check-in, students will need to fill out an online application if not previously completed (using their own smartphone, tablet, or laptop; limited tablets will be available), complete a liability waiver,  and obtain an audition number.

The Audition:
Class: Depending on the format, there is either a full 90-minute masterclass or the audition begins with a short, 15 to 30-minute class based in a contemporary movement form. We encourage you to attend the masterclass if there is one as usually the ending class phrase is the first part of the audition. Please come to the class or audition warmed up and ready to begin dancing fully.

Sharing of your area of expertise: Each dancer will have 1.5 minutes to present their area of expertise.  Suggestions of what to present based on area of expertise are below.

  • Performance: An excerpt of a piece you have performed, a class phrase that you know well, an improvisatory score or physical practice that highlights your skill as a performer and dancer. 
  • Choreography: An excerpt of a solo that you have created and can perform.
  • Improvisation: Any improvisational structure based on the values of the dance tradition you are working with.
  • Community practice: A presentation using dancing, speaking, and/or video to share the ways you have created community-based dance programs or events.
  • Dance scholarship: A reading of an excerpt of a paper you have written, or a discussion and embodiment of the way you are investigating specific ideas through physical research.

If you are attending a live audition, be sure that you can present your area of expertise in a live context. Depending on your content, it might be more beneficial to submit an online portfolio. Please come prepared to the audition with music and any other materials loaded on your computer, phone, or tablet. A stereo with an mp3 hookup will be provided. Ensure that you do not need WiFi in order to access these materials, as we cannot guarantee that you will have WiFi access.  A musician will also be available to play with you.  

Discussing leadership: We will engage in a conversation about leadership. Come prepared to discuss what you believe to be the biggest challenge we face as dance artists working in today’s world, as well as your ideas about how you embody responsible leadership/what responsible leadership looks like in dance practice. 

Find out about ADF: Following the formal audition, we’ll talk about the ADF School. You’ll have time to ask questions and find out more details about the Summer Dance Intensive and scholarship opportunities.