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.
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.
Verification letter from an official YoungArts Education Partner (Overture, Spotlight, Texas Young Masters, Aspen Music Festival, BUTI, Brevard Festival, From the Top, or Ryman Arts)
Click SUBMIT by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
hear FROM alumni & master artists
Ernest Baker | 2009 Winner in Hip Hop Dance
Andrea Murillo | 2006 Winner in Dance
Connor Yockus | 2014 Winner in Dance
Jorge "Fabel" Pabon | Master Artist in Hip Hop Dance
Victor Quijada | National Selection Panelist
Yara Travieso | 2005 Winner in Dance
SELECT PERFORMANCES FROM WINNERS
Javon Jones | 2016 Winner in Modern Dance
Taylor Kurtz |2016 Winner in Jazz Dance
Isabella Franco | 2016 Winner in Ballet
Athira Pratap | 2016 Winner in Classical Indian Dance