YoungArts Week 2012 dance finalists performing at the New World Center

Calling all high school dancers! The 2014 YoungArts application is now open, and the deadline to apply for this prestigious scholarship program is October 18. Applicants must be in grades 10–12, and the application process is two-fold: There’s an online component, and students must also submit an audition portfolio.

But the perks of becoming a YoungArts finalist are well worth the effort of applying. Winners receive access to mentors, monetary prizes, national recognition and the chance to work with master teachers like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise and Bill T. Jones over the course of one extraordinary week in Miami, Florida.

There are 10 disciplines (dance, cinematic arts, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing), and students are encouraged to apply to more than one. Each has its own specific requirements for the audition portfolio, so be sure to read carefully.

Photo by Robert Leslie

Pamela Plagge-Isaac, a 2012 NATF Fellow from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

At last week’s Dance Teacher Summit, speakers emphasized the importance of feeding your craft and nurturing your passion. Don’t let your enthusiasm for self-development fade in the wake of the event. Keep those creative juices flowing, and apply to the Boston Arts Academy’s fellowship program for public arts high school teachers.

Hosted by the BAA’s Center for Arts in Education, the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program will provide as many as 20 grants of $5,500 to selected arts teachers from all disciplines.

Fellows design their own project to enhance their artistry, which can include taking courses, attending workshops or festivals, taking on a residency, completing an independent study project or something totally different. The funds can be used to cover everything from accommodations and travel to art-making equipment to childcare during the program. Plus, a grant of $1,500 is awarded to each fellow's school to support activities in the classroom.

Applications will be available online by September 27; due November 18. Interested teachers must provide a letter of intent detailing specific plans for the grant, so start planning now. For more information, visit bostonartsacademy.org/center/natf.

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