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Southern Association of Dance Masters Scholarships


SADM Teen/Senior Scholarships


Beginning at the Summer 2020 Convention, SADM will award scholarships to dancers based on an audition process. Students will sign-up to participate at the Registration Desk on Saturday morning and be issued a number. 



For more information, contact Tevita Williams-Dumas


Ballet Forum Scholarships

Each summer, Ballet Forum faculty selects a scholarship winner from each ballet forum level. Their scholarship allows them to attend the following year's Ballet Forum, free of charge. 


Dotti Patterson Memorial Tap Scholarship

Over the past few years we have seen a movement to bring tap back to the forefront of dance education. Our beloved friend and member, Dotti Patterson had a passion and love for tap that was nothing short of inspiring. 


Starting in 2019, SADM will be offering a Summer Convention Scholarship to a student, CST or Assistant Teacher who displays passion and mastery of tap in honor of our beautiful friend.  Apply now for the Dotti Patterson Memorial Tap Scholarship. 


Memorial Scholarships


One of the purposes of SADM is to encourage the development of excellence in dance education. With this goal in mind, scholarships are offered each year to deserving Members, CSTs, assistant teacher, or student teacher ages 16-21 in memory of Marjorie Duckett, Joyce Newman, Rockie Smith, Frances Hickman, Pat Hunt and Patricia Williams. For more information on these incredible women, click here


Applicants should submit applications by June 1 for consideration for that year's award. The application is completed by both the applicant and the sponsoring teacher. The application consists of personal contact information, a letter requesting the Memorial Scholarship, and a teacher/sponsor affirmation. The letter should include the applicant's experience in dance, why the applicant would deserve this scholarship, and a clear definition of the applicant's future goals in dance.

Questions about the scholarship or application may be directed to Shelia Vaught. Applications will be reviewed, and the winner will be announced at the summer convention.


To apply, please fill out the Memorial Scholarship Application. Please note, only one application will be accepted from each Member Studio.


College Scholarship


The Southern Association of Dance Masters will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student who is, or plans to be, a dance major or minor in college. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be a Member, CSM, assistant teacher, or student of a SADM member in good standing and be accepted and enrolled as a full-time student with dance as their major or minor.

Applicants should submit applications by June 1 for consideration for that year's award. 


Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and the winner will be announced during the Summer Convention's Banquet.


To apply, please fill out the College Scholarship Application


Unity Scholarships


SADM Members are also eligible for many other UNITY scholarships. For more information, please visit

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