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The Janet Seeley Performing Arts Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate refined understanding of dance based on an in-person audition and portfolio. The HWS Dance faculty will evaluate each candidate and scholarships will be awarded based on their recommendations. Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000. If a student receives any other merit designation the arts scholarship award will be $3,000.

  • If you are an Early Decision I candidate, you need to attend the November audition and submit your portfolio by November 15th.
  • If you are an Early Decision 2 candidate, you should attend the November audition and submit your portfolio by January 15th.
  • If you are a regular decision candidate, you can attend the November or February auditions and need to submit your portfolio by February 1st.


Your portfolio for the Arts Scholarship in Dance includes a resume, a letter of recommendation and an essay. See descriptions and due dates below.

Resume of your activities including dance training and relevant performance and/or choreographic experience.

Please submit a letter of recommendation from a private instructor or teacher in the specific art form you are applying for that can speak to your abilities. If you used a recommendation from a private instructor or teacher on your common application, you may also use it here.

Please submit a 500-600 word essay that describes how dance has influenced you as a person, artist, and scholar. Additionally, please address how you envision dance informing your life in college or connecting with other academic interests.


Register here for an in-person audition on November 15, 2019.

Register here for an in-person audition on February 14, 2020.

Or, contact the office of Admissions at (315) 781-3622 or for assistance.

Auditions will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, 3:00-5:30 p.m. and Friday, February 14, 2020, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Both the November and February auditions are Open Auditions and will include a full technique class in contemporary dance forms, performance of a short solo of any dance genre (1-3 minutes), and a gathering with current Arts Scholars and Dance faculty. Applicants may choose Choreography or Performance as the focus of their audition. The solo performance must be of your own choreography only if applying for the Choreography scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE: If applicants are unable to attend the audition, they are encouraged to arrange an equivalent audition experience so they can demonstrate their skills in person. Please contact Michelle Iklé ( to set up an individual audition.
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