Announcing the Fall 2017 Simon Family Scholarship Awardees!

We are pleased to announce Gabriella Carmichael and Meghan Carmichael as our Fall 2017 Simon Family Scholarship awardees! You can learn more about Gabriella and Meghan here.

Many thanks to our selection panel, and to all who applied. We received a large number of deserving applicants, which demonstrates the urgent need for funding that supports dance training. We are looking at ways to expand the scholarship for the next round (January-June 2018), and we encourage you to reapply. Applications will open in September.

The Simon Family Scholarship supports the development of New York City-based dance artists by subsidizing class and other training opportunities.

The cost of living in New York City increased to the point where pre-professional dance artists cannot afford the number of weekly classes necessary to hone their technical and creative skills. Workshops and intensives also often remain out of reach. This scholarship seeks to offset some of these costs by subsidizing dance classes, workshops, and intensives.

The scholarship seeks New York City-based applicants who are pursuing a professional career in dance performance, who are training consistently toward that goal, and who are unable to afford the costs accompanying a rigorous schedule of technique class, workshops, and intensives.

Visit the Benefits & Responsibilities page to learn about the structure of the scholarship, or the Application page to determine if you are eligible for the scholarship and to apply.

Scholarship Partners

Benny Simon

Benny Simon is a dancer, teacher, and researcher based in New York City. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Dance Studies at The Ohio State University and is a faculty member at BalletMet.

This scholarship honors his parents, Tobi Marlene and Richard Andrew Simon, and celebrates their love and respect for the role that training in the arts plays in our national culture.

Gibney Dance

Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through three interrelated fields of action—Center, Company, and Community Action—Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages, and in underserved shelters and schools.

Alexandra Beller

Alexandra Beller is Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, which is currently celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. In 2004-05 she helped to create “The Belle Epoch,” (Martha Clarke and Charles Mee). She was a 2-year Artist in Residence at HERE Art Space, and has also been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam and DMAC.