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SCHOLARSHIP

THE BODY & POLE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FEE: $0

We are looking for 1-3 highly skilled pre-professional aerial, pole and/or contortion dancer athletes that believe they have what it takes to enter the professional pole and aerial circuit.

DETAILS:

  • Must be between 18 – 28 years of age
  • Submissions for 2020 – 2021 due by Friday March 15, 2020
  • Notified call backs will be sent Friday May 22, 2020
  • On-site audition will be held Friday June 19, 2020 at Body & Pole in NYC
  • Scholarship year starts Monday September 8, 2020 and ends Monday June 7, 2021

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young pre-professional who is serious about becoming an elite pole or aerial dance athlete and performer. This 9 month curated program is led by our world-renown Body & Pole directors to optimize your potential, exposure, and growth. This scholarship year culminates in a showcase where you will be featured in front of industry leaders, talent scouts, and the pole and aerial community.

Who is it for:
Pre-professional, serious pole and aerial dancer athletes who are able to commit 36-40 hours per week (plus hours during rehearsals and performances) to study at the world renowned Body & Pole for 1 scholarship year. This scholarship is for those whose schedule is flexible, allowing them to take class from a wide range of participating Body & Pole instructors, choreographers, and coaches. This program is only for those who are committed, passionate, and ready for the challenge. Please note, you must be between 18 – 28 years of age to be considered.

What it is:
Selected by audition and pre-screening via online application, 1-3 pre-professionals will be chosen to receive this 1 year scholarship. The program will be curated and led by our world-renown Body & Pole directors to optimize your potential, exposure, and growth. This scholarship year culminates in a showcase where you will be featured in front of industry leaders, talent scouts, and the pole and aerial community.

Weekly, it includes an individualized class schedule, with privates and coaching ranging from strength, performance, flexibility, dance, branding/marketing and professionalism. You will be guided and expected to compete, perform, and showcase in pole and aerial events during the scholarship year.

What it is not:
It is not accredited, vocational or part of a curriculum. It is not graded and does not issue a degree, academic credit or certification associated with an academic or vocational school. It does not guarantee professional representation or employment.

Submission info:
What to submit (in resume form):
1. Legal Name
2. Age
3. Gender Association
4. Movement Background
5. Accolades and Performance Experience
6. Apparatus Specialty

Additionally, we would like to know about any injuries or surgeries. Be specific.

Video Submission Requirements:

Video should be no longer than 4 minutes and should include footage of you on all three apparatus (pole, aerial hoop, aerial fabric or hammock). We also need to see your dance ability, flexibility/contortion, and gymnastics (if applicable). For example, we recommend 1.5 minutes of your primary apparatus, and 45 seconds on your secondary, you will have 1 minute additional to show dance, gymnastics and flexibility. This can be an edited compilation of current representation of your ability.

SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO phillip@bodyandpole.com
SUBJECT TITLE: Scholarship Submission

THE BODY & POLE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FEE: $0

We are looking for 1-3 highly skilled pre-professional aerial, pole and/or contortion dancer athletes that believe they have what it takes to enter the professional pole and aerial circuit.

DETAILS:

  • Must be between 18 – 28 years of age
  • Submissions for 2020 – 2021 due by Friday March 15, 2020
  • Notified call backs will be sent Friday May 22, 2020
  • On-site audition will be held Friday June 19, 2020 at Body & Pole in NYC
  • Scholarship year starts Monday September 8, 2020 and ends Monday June 7, 2021

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young pre-professional who is serious about becoming an elite pole or aerial dance athlete and performer. This 9 month curated program is led by our world-renown Body & Pole directors to optimize your potential, exposure, and growth. This scholarship year culminates in a showcase where you will be featured in front of industry leaders, talent scouts, and the pole and aerial community.

Who is it for:
Pre-professional, serious pole and aerial dancer athletes who are able to commit 36-40 hours per week (plus hours during rehearsals and performances) to study at the world renowned Body & Pole for 1 scholarship year. This scholarship is for those whose schedule is flexible, allowing them to take class from a wide range of participating Body & Pole instructors, choreographers, and coaches. This program is only for those who are committed, passionate, and ready for the challenge. Please note, you must be between 18 – 28 years of age to be considered.

What it is:
Selected by audition and pre-screening via online application, 1-3 pre-professionals will be chosen to receive this 1 year scholarship. The program will be curated and led by our world-renown Body & Pole directors to optimize your potential, exposure, and growth. This scholarship year culminates in a showcase where you will be featured in front of industry leaders, talent scouts, and the pole and aerial community.

Weekly, it includes an individualized class schedule, with privates and coaching ranging from strength, performance, flexibility, dance, branding/marketing and professionalism. You will be guided and expected to compete, perform, and showcase in pole and aerial events during the scholarship year.

What it is not:
It is not accredited, vocational or part of a curriculum. It is not graded and does not issue a degree, academic credit or certification associated with an academic or vocational school. It does not guarantee professional representation or employment.

Submission info:
What to submit (in resume form):
1. Legal Name
2. Age
3. Gender Association
4. Movement Background
5. Accolades and Performance Experience
6. Apparatus Specialty

Additionally, we would like to know about any injuries or surgeries. Be specific.

Video Submission Requirements:

Video should be no longer than 4 minutes and should include footage of you on all three apparatus (pole, aerial hoop, aerial fabric or hammock). We also need to see your dance ability, flexibility/contortion, and gymnastics (if applicable). For example, we recommend 1.5 minutes of your primary apparatus, and 45 seconds on your secondary, you will have 1 minute additional to show dance, gymnastics and flexibility. This can be an edited compilation of current representation of your ability.

SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO phillip@bodyandpole.com
SUBJECT TITLE: Scholarship Submission

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2019-2020: TAMARA KOPPER

Tamara Kopper is a 22 year old dancer from Costa Rica who finds in movement a way to express herself. She started ballet when she was little and, throughout her life, she tried different genres and styles, until pole dance came to her life. Since then, she has been crazy and passionate about it.  She won first place in her category in two international pole dance competitions held in Costa Rica: Pole Talents of America 2017 and Pole Sport Championship 2018. Tamara is currently a pole, aerial hoop and chair dance instructor in her country, and if there is something she has no doubt about, is that she was born to dance.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2019-2020: TAMARA KOPPER

Tamara Kopper is a 22 year old dancer from Costa Rica who finds in movement a way to express herself. She started ballet when she was little and, throughout her life, she tried different genres and styles, until pole dance came to her life. Since then, she has been crazy and passionate about it.  She won first place in her category in two international pole dance competitions held in Costa Rica: Pole Talents of America 2017 and Pole Sport Championship 2018. Tamara is currently a pole, aerial hoop and chair dance instructor in her country, and if there is something she has no doubt about, is that she was born to dance.

PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 

 

2018-2019: DANIEL

"A truly priceless experience. So much strength to gain, so many things to learn, and so much fun to be had!"

Since I've finished the Scholarship, I've taken the time to use the skills and tools I gained to audition. It's still an intimidating experience, but having gone through the Scholarship Program I feel more prepared to take on auditioning. I've also taken the time to reflect on myself as an artist/aerialist and decide on what I want. Currently, I am working on a double hammock act with the wonderful B&P Instructor Samantha Marsh, which I'm super stoked for! We work so well together and having cross-trained during my Scholarship has made it much easier. Soon we'll be out and about performing, so keep an eye out for us! 

In addition to utilizing my aerial skills, I'm refocusing on pole dancing and changing my approach to how I train and create new pole dance pieces. It's fun to rediscover why you fell in love with an apparatus, so that's what I'm currently going through and it's great.

The knowledge I gained from the Scholarship Program is priceless; from how to warmup and cool down, to conditioning and learning new skills, to creating an act and making new connections. I feel stronger, body and mind, which is pretty cool.

2017-2018: YANA

"Body&Pole Scholarship Program gave me the confidence to pursue a career in fitness and dance full-time."

I was over the moon when I became the first Scholarship Recipient at Body & Pole. However, it soon turned out that my creativity and willing to dance lacked clear structure and management. Like many artists, I am a perfectionist and a huge procrastinator – if I cannot do it as well as it is in my head, to hell with it! The main benefit I got from the Scholarship is getting rid of this perfectionistic mindset. Setting goals, hard work, and taking care of your mind and body – crucial things that I have learned from my B&P teachers and mentors. Body & Pole Scholarship gave me the confidence to pursue a career in fitness and dance full-time. Currently, I work with four entertainment agencies as a pole artist and dancer. Highlight gig of this year was pole dancing in JLo’s 'Hustlers'. The Scholarship gave me tools and connections to know about the best auditions and land the best gigs.

A year-long journey made me aware of my strong sides, but also my limitations. I have become fascinated with the functional anatomy and capabilities our bodies have. With mentors like Phillip Evans, Kyra Johannessen, Sam Doblick, and many more, I have realized that I want to pursue higher education in human movement science. This year, I have earned the National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer certificate. My ideal future job, along with performing, is helping pole dancers, dancers, and athletes to be on top of their abilities by improving their strength, flexibility and fixing imbalances. 

PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 

 

2018-2019: DANIEL

"A truly priceless experience. So much strength to gain, so many things to learn, and so much fun to be had!"

Since I've finished the Scholarship, I've taken the time to use the skills and tools I gained to audition. It's still an intimidating experience, but having gone through the Scholarship Program I feel more prepared to take on auditioning. I've also taken the time to reflect on myself as an artist/aerialist and decide on what I want. Currently, I am working on a double hammock act with the wonderful B&P Instructor Samantha Marsh, which I'm super stoked for! We work so well together and having cross-trained during my Scholarship has made it much easier. Soon we'll be out and about performing, so keep an eye out for us! 

In addition to utilizing my aerial skills, I'm refocusing on pole dancing and changing my approach to how I train and create new pole dance pieces. It's fun to rediscover why you fell in love with an apparatus, so that's what I'm currently going through and it's great.

The knowledge I gained from the Scholarship Program is priceless; from how to warmup and cool down, to conditioning and learning new skills, to creating an act and making new connections. I feel stronger, body and mind, which is pretty cool.

2017-2018: YANA

"Body&Pole Scholarship Program gave me the confidence to pursue a career in fitness and dance full-time."

I was over the moon when I became the first Scholarship Recipient at Body & Pole. However, it soon turned out that my creativity and willing to dance lacked clear structure and management. Like many artists, I am a perfectionist and a huge procrastinator – if I cannot do it as well as it is in my head, to hell with it! The main benefit I got from the Scholarship is getting rid of this perfectionistic mindset. Setting goals, hard work, and taking care of your mind and body – crucial things that I have learned from my B&P teachers and mentors. Body & Pole Scholarship gave me the confidence to pursue a career in fitness and dance full-time. Currently, I work with four entertainment agencies as a pole artist and dancer. Highlight gig of this year was pole dancing in JLo’s 'Hustlers'. The Scholarship gave me tools and connections to know about the best auditions and land the best gigs.

A year-long journey made me aware of my strong sides, but also my limitations. I have become fascinated with the functional anatomy and capabilities our bodies have. With mentors like Phillip Evans, Kyra Johannessen, Sam Doblick, and many more, I have realized that I want to pursue higher education in human movement science. This year, I have earned the National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer certificate. My ideal future job, along with performing, is helping pole dancers, dancers, and athletes to be on top of their abilities by improving their strength, flexibility and fixing imbalances.