Dance Scholarships

St. Olaf Dance Scholarships are merit-based scholarships that are awarded to students with exceptional dance talent. Students also may qualify for additional need-based aid, in which case the dance scholarship becomes part of the student’s financial aid package.

Awards of $4,000 – $8,000 per year are open to dance majors and non-dance majors. These are renewable scholarships that require continued participation in one of the dance companies, enrollment in a movement intensive class and recommendation of the dance faculty. It is potentially a $32,000 4-year scholarship.

Dance scholarship applications for students planning to enter St. Olaf in the fall of 2015 are due December 15, 2014.  A student applying for a dance scholarship must also submit an application for admission to the college. The college application must be submitted no later than January 15, 2015. Visit the admissions website for more information and to apply.




A note about your dance résumé:
Your dance résumé should include the following information:

  • Description of your private study for the past three years. Include teachers’ names and dates of study
  • Outline of performance experiences in the past four years. Include school, church, community and regional performances
  • List of honors or awards
  • Other information that you feel is helpful or relevant to your application


Program Timeline

October 17, 2014
On-campus audition in Dittmann Center – Click to pre-register

A note about auditions:
Applicants participating in the on-campus audition on either October 17, 2014 or February 27, 2015 do not need to prepare any material. You will be taking a movement class where you will be asked to demonstrate good, clear alignment and your ability to learn new material and perform it in small groups. You may also be asked to improvise with other students. Please come dressed in dance clothes (so we can see you move), and you will be dancing in bare feet. There will be a space available for warm-up before the audition. Auditions begin at 2:00 pm in Dance Studio 1 in Dittmann Center.

December 15, 2014
Your completed Dance Scholarship Application must be received.

January 15, 2015
Your completed St. Olaf College Application for Admission must also be on file in the Admissions Office.

Late January, 2015
Invitations to the February 27 on-campus audition will be sent to select applicants. (If you auditioned in October, there is no need to attend this audition also and you will not be notified about this audition)

February 27, 2015
Invited applicants will attend an on-campus audition.  If unable to attend, upload or send a video by February 7, 2015.

Late-March, 2015
Dance Scholarship decisions are mailed

May 1, 2015
National Candidate Reply Date (date by which all students must respond to offers of college admission and to scholarship awards.)




Gwen Daniels
Academic Administrative Assistant
Dance Department
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057