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 and $8,000 per year are open to dance majors and non-dance majors. This renewable merit-based award is potentially a $32,000 4-year scholarship. Recipients are required to participate in one of the dance department’s performing companies (or a comparable performance-based project) and a movement intensive dance class each year.

Dance scholarship applications for students planning to enter St. Olaf in the fall of 2017 are due December 15, 2016.  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, 2017. 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 21, 2016
On-campus audition in Dittmann Center.

A note about auditions:
Applicants participating in the on-campus audition on either October 16, 2015 or February 26, 2016 do not need to prepare any material. The audition will be a combination of a movement class and a small group interview. You will learn movement material and perform it in small groups. You will also improvise with other students. Please come dressed in dance clothes so that we can see you move. You will be dancing in bare feet. There will be a space available for warm-up before the audition. Following the movement class you will be divided into small groups for the interview with one of the faculty members. Auditions begin at 2:00 pm in Dance Studio 1 in Dittmann Center.

December 15, 2016
Your completed Dance Scholarship Application must be received.

January 15, 2017
Your completed St. Olaf College Application for Admission must also be on file in the Admissions Office.

Late January, 2017
Invitations to the February 26 on-campus audition will be sent to students who have completed the dance scholarship application in full. (If you auditioned in October, there is no need to attend this audition also and you will not be notified about this audition)

February 24, 2017
Students who did not already audition in October will be Invited to attend an on-campus audition.  If unable to attend, email a video to by February 5, 20167.

Late-March, 2017
Dance Scholarship decisions are mailed.

May 1, 2017
National Candidate Reply Date (date by which all students must respond to offers of college admission and to scholarship awards.)




John-Paul Douglas
Academic Administrative Assistant
Dance Department
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057