"I have always wanted to pursue a career in dance but didn't think I would get anywhere, however, after completing this course I had the confidence to audition for dance school and I got in!"
Clare (Bursee 2009/10)
"We have found this last year to be invaluable. I didn't think it was possible for Sophie to be any more motivated for a career in dance than she was, but she has reached new heights!"
Pat (Bursee Parent 2009/10)
Are you 13 -18 years old? Are you passionate about dance?
Springboard is a Dance Bursary Scheme from Hampshire County Council, delivered in partnership with Dance Up.
We are searching for outstanding young dancers who aspire to be the next leading dance professionals. The Springboard scheme will help dancers create a bespoke training programme to enhance and develop their skills. Successful candidates will receive up to £500 of dance training and development, with the guided support of a Scheme Manager.
THE SPRINGBOARD 2013/14 SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
If you want to apply for a dance bursary, you must be
- Aged between 13 and 18
- Resident in Hampshire, within the County Council boundaries.
This does not includes the unitary authority areas of Portsmouth and Southampton.
If you need any assistance completing your application please contact the Arts Resources Officer, Hampshire County Council on 01962 846966 or Dance Up on 0845 076 1245.
- Applicants to the Springboard Dance Bursary Scheme must be resident in Hampshire. This means they must reside in a Household that is located in Hampshire County Council’s boundary. This does not include the Unitary Authority areas of Portsmouth or Southampton. You must be a Hampshire resident for the duration of the Scheme, September 2013 – July 2014.
- If you are not sure if you meet this criteria, please contact the Arts Resources Officer, Hampshire County Council on 01962 846966 or Hampshire Dance on 0845 076 1245.
- Applicants must be aged between 13 and 18 years as at 1 September 2013.
- Applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the Scheme which runs from September 2013 – July 2014.
- Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 31st June 2013 on the Springboard Dance Bursary Scheme application form. CVs will not be accepted. Electronic applications are acceptable. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Applications must be made by the individual wishing to join the scheme. Applications cannot be made by organisations on behalf of several individuals.
- Applicants must be able to attend an audition on Saturday 29th June 2013. There will be no other audition dates
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear ambition and commitment to developing their dance skills towards a professional career in dance as only up to a maximum of 10 awards will be made.
Mia is 15 and lives in Fareham. She has been dancing since the age of 2 at the Kim Ellen School of Dance, where she studies ballet, tap, modern, jazz, pointe and body conditioning. Mia has been a Junior and Mid Associate at the Royal Ballet School in London since the age of 9. Mia was thrilled to have performed with the English Youth Ballet twice in their productions of Giselle and Sleeping Beauty at the Kings Theatre, winning full scholarships on both occasions. Mia is currently studying GCSE Dance at school and hopes to have a career in dance in the future.
Charlie is 15 years old and lives in Hampshire. He got into dance at quite a late age but now can't get enough of it! Charlie is studying GCSE Dance at school and studies contemporary, street, ballet and jazz, plus he has recently started tap classes too. Charlie has taken part in ‘Boys Only’ workshops with the Royal Academy of Dance and has performed in The Point Youth Dance Company’s performance of Peter Pan. Charlie hopes to go to a dance college and eventually work in musical theatre.
Maisie is 15 years old, and has been dancing since she was 3. She dances in her free time and attends ballet, modern, tap, jazz and contemporary classes at the Laura Dunkley School of Dance & Performing Arts. Maisie also takes part in dance festivals and has successfully been awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. She is also a member of Hampshire Youth Dance Company this year, which she enjoys very much. Maisie wants to have a career in dance such as a dance teacher, therapist or photographer.
Holly is 15 and has been dancing since the age of 3. In 2008 Holly moved to Hampshire and joined the Laura Dunkley School of Dance & Performing Arts, culminating in a successful audition for the English Youth Ballet. She studies many other dance styles including contemporary and ballet at Laban, in London, as part of the ‘Centre for Advanced Training’ scheme (CAT). Holly is hoping to study full time at one of the top dance colleges in London next year with a view to becoming a dancer/cast member on the West End stage.
Katie is 14 and has been dancing regularly since the age of three. Katie practices tap, modern, ballet and contemporary dance at Roynon Dance in Swanmore, and has recently been awarded three distinctions in her ISTD tap and modern exams. Her favourite is tap, although she has partaken in the Red Cross: Dance, Make your Move competition in her contemporary dance group, winning the opening round. Katie aspires to attend a dance college at 18 and fulfill her dancing career.
Aged 17, Daisy has been dancing since the age of four. Having been an associate on both the Royal Ballet and Central School of Ballet programmes, she was lucky enough to be accepted to train full time at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2011. Daisy is looking to use the Springboard Bursary to help her explore and discover other styles of dance.
Daisy wishes to become a professional dancer once she has completed her training.
Danielle is 17 and lives in a small village in Shipton Bellinger. Her main style of dance is ‘freestyle’, which she has been doing for 10 years. Dani qualified for the IDTA national competition in Blackpool in 2010 and has reached the IDTA Star 2 Grade, plus she received Honours in her Student Teacher exam. Dani is also now studying ballet, tap and jazz as well. Dani hopes to go on to full time dance training and would like to travel the world as a professional dancer.
Sophie is 15 years old and has been studying ballet, tap, modern and jazz since she was 6. She is a pupil at the Petersfield Academy of Dance, Sally Johnson Academy of Dance and the Liss Forest Ballet School. Sophie has performed in many dance festivals, reaching the England Semi-Finals, and recently has had a tap solo choreographed for her. Sophie aspires to attend Laine Theatre Arts at the age of 18 and later become a professional dancer or teacher.
Matthew is 16 years old and has been dancing at home and in his spare time from when he first saw dance in year 6. He practices/performs with Fuzzy Logic Dance Company and recently started studying Dance A-Level at South Downs College. Matthew practices contemporary, tap, jazz, modern, street, break dance and physical theatre and is inspired to be a professional choreographer, before training to become a dance teacher to inspire the next generation of dancers.
Fraser has been dancing since age 15 and mainly enjoys ballet and contemporary dance. He has been lucky in gaining places for the English Youth Ballet and Hampshire Youth Dance Company over the last two years, whilst also taking part in two winning Rock Challenge teams. Fraser works as Assistant Rehearsal Director for the Point Youth Dance and Movement Director for Hampshire Youth Theatre. Fraser is applying for contemporary dance schools with a view to a career as a professional dancer, and physical theatre performer.
Shawn is studying dance at Totton College and is also a member of FuzzyLogic male youth dance company, led by Zoie Golding, and takes part in Rock Challenge. Shawn discovered dance quite late, having previously been involved mainly in theatre and drama. Shawn is now looking to pursue career in dance and is applying for vocational colleges next year, including Laban and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Shawn loves contemporary dance, and has also begun ballet to help him prepare for forthcoming auditions.
2011/12 Follow-up Stories
The Springboard Dance Bursary Scheme really inspired me to try different styles of dance and during my time on the scheme I tried so many new things that have developed into real passions. Since the award, I have been offered a place at college studying dance and I can attribute this to the new range of skills that I acquired whilst on the scheme. My primary form of dance is still street dance but during the year I spent on the Springboard Scheme, my passion for it has increased dramatically. I am currently travelling up and down the country attending workshops and classes to help me strengthen my skills and gain experience. In the future, I hope to study dance at university and set up my own crew and street classes. Thanks to my bursary award, I now feel prepared to face future challenges and continue to be inspired by dance.
I finished the scheme using the last of my bursary money attending a fantastic musical theatre course in the summer at Pineapple Dance studios. This really set me up for starting my 1st term at Italia Conti where I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship, for the full time 3yrs performing arts course plus ISTD teacher qualification training. Already since being at Italia Conte I am learning how to pole dance, along with aerial and gymnastics – they certainly do keep me very busy! This scheme has helped me gain valuable ‘audition’ experience, see a wonderful ‘live’ ballet, gain knowledge of various dance groups/organisations and workshops that I otherwise would not have had the time to research via the Scheme Manager. I only wish I could apply again!
Since completing the Springboard Dance Bursary Scheme I have joined Hampshire Youth Dance Company and recently performed in the work “The Incredible Presence of a Remarkable Absence” by Lila Dance. I have continued with Contemporary technique classes with Hannah Martin (Yael Flexer) as well as performing with Barton Peveril College dance company, ‘Overground Fusion’. When I finish my A Levels in the summer I am hoping to study dance either at vocational dance school or university and I am auditioning for courses at the moment.
My ambition is to use dance to help rehabilitate hard-to-reach people back into society, for example people who suffer from mental illness, recovering drug addicts and those who have been traumatised by war. I intend for my work to inspire others and change people’s perceptions. The scheme helped to open my eyes to other aspects and styles of dance and has given me the push and support that I needed to achieve my goals
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