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DADA Award

Dance and Drama Award Funding

The Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) is a type of performing arts funding for students. DaDA funding supports young talented students with help towards the cost of their performing arts training.

DADA AWARDS 2019: This guide explains how much you might get from Dance and Drama Awards funding.

There are 17 private dance and drama schools in the United Kingdom. The information and guidance explains how to apply for DaDA funding 2019.

Dance and Drama Award finance can help with your tuition fees. It can also get used towards the cost of living at a DaDA school.

The amount you get in each academic year depends on your household income and where you live and study. You can get further details from the dance and drama awards national income scales.

Note: You must be between 16 and 23 and show talent with a likelihood to succeed in the dance and performing arts industry.

Dance and Drama Award Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for DaDA funding 2019 you must:

  1. Be an EU citizen and have been living in the EU for 3 continuous years (immediately before the start of your course).
  2. Have 'settled status' and 'indefinite leave to remain' (ILR) in the United Kingdom.

You must be from England, Wales, or Scotland to get help with living costs.

Note: Apply direct to the dance and drama school where you want to enrol. Tell them you want to apply for a DaDA.

Dance and Drama Awards 2019 Qualifications

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To qualify you must be studying for one of these Trinity College London Diplomas:

DaDA Age Restrictions

  1. You must be 16 to 23 years of age for dance courses.
  2. You must be 18 to 23 years of age for acting courses.

DaDA Private Dance Schools for 2018 to 2019

The following schools offer DaDAs for the 2018 to 2019 academic year:

  1. ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)
  2. Arts.Ed, London
  3. Bird College - Dance and Drama Theatre Performance
  4. Bodywork Company
  5. Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
  6. English National Ballet School
  7. The Hammond School
  8. Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
  9. Laine Theatre Arts
  10. Liverpool Theatre School and College
  11. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  12. Northern Ballet School
  13. The Oxford School of Drama
  14. Performers College
  15. SLP College Leeds
  16. Stella Mann College
  17. Urdang Academy

Appeal a DaDA Entry Decision

What happens if you want to appeal against a decision to refuse you a DaDA? You should contact the school if you want to appeal a DaDa decision.

Note: Further help and advice about Dance and Drama Awards 2019 funding is available through your school.


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