Application deadline nears for five $1,000 Laguna Dance Festival Young Artist Scholarships

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The Laguna Dance Festival will award five $1,000 scholarships to Southern California dancers who are pursuing professional dance careers or who plan to study dance in higher education. Dancers ages 15-19 who live in Southern California are invited to apply. The application deadline is Monday, September 10. Recipients may use funds for studio tuition, summer intensive costs, private coaching, or choreography commissions for competition solos. Laguna Dance Festival’s selection committee will evaluate candidates on their career potential, technical skill, performance ability, and talent.  Financial need will also be considered.

Artistic director and founder Jodie Gates will announce the scholarship recipients during the 2018 Laguna Dance Festival onstage gala performance on Saturday, October 6 at The Laguna Playhouse. Recipients may also have the honor of performing at Laguna Dance Festival’s annual gala event on May 17, 2019. Applications are available at Laguna Dance Festival offers the Laguna Dance Festival Young Artist scholarships in addition to its Laguna Beach High School Dance Scholarship, applications for which open in early 2019.

This fall’s onstage dance festival is set for Oct. 4-7 and includes Stars of Dance from top dance companies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a one-night David Bowie tribute by LA-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Tickets are on sale now at

Laguna Dance Festival, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists. Its mission is to present world-class dance performance, increase public appreciation for the art, and provide quality dance education.

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