Presented with The Dance Fund

Scholarship is not offered at this time


Randy Allaire

Bill Prudich

Developed by Allaire and Prudich. Established at L.A. Dance Academy 1989-1991, and later at EDGE in 1992.

Program Alumni 1989-2018


This opportunity is for serious dancers who are able to commit up to 36 hours per week (36-plus hours during rehearsals and performances) to study at the world renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center for one year.  Scholarship is for dancers whose schedule is flexible allowing them time to take class from a wide range of participating EDGE teachers. It’s for dancers who are passionate, dedicated and ready for the challenge.


Selected by audition, up to twenty dancers are chosen to receive this one-year scholarship.  Weekly, it includes up to: 18 classes from our open-schedule, three 2-hour professional development workshops and five hours of apprenticeship. And, the opportunity to rehearse and perform in our annual show. The program is guided by the Directors with one-on-one expert advice from teachers.

Professional development workshops include dance, choreography, acting improvisation, audition technique, preparing an audition song, trade discussions and other know-how.  Special opportunities include taking headshots, becoming acquainted with dance agencies and being showcased in our annual show. Past participants have had the opportunity to gain additional performance experience in film, video and live productions. Workshops may be open to other students.

EDGE is the host for this amazing opportunity presented by The Dance Fund. Created in 1988 by Randy Allaire and Bill Prudich over 550 dancers are among a select group who have participated in this opportunity. Participants include Laney Filuk, Lisa Coppola-Lindholm, Gil Duldulao, RJ Durell, Shawnette Heard, Bobby Newberry, Tracy Phillips, Becca Sweitzer, Malaya, Adam Parson, Nancy Anderson, Liana Blackburn, Khasan Brailsford, Hannah Douglass, Kelli Erdmann, KC Monnie, Jasmine Perri, Brittany Russell, Michael Stein, Dani Vitale, Charlie Williams, and many others. Allaire and Prudich continue to direct the program working closely with the participants.

The program is avocational and offered through the studio. It is not part of the Academy at EDGE and is not 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.

The Dance Fund

Founded in 2005 by Randy Allaire, Carol Connors and Bill Prudich, The Dance Fund provides educational and scholarship opportunities, professional development, and fiscal sponsorship to dancers, choreographers, and dance companies.  The Dance Fund also engages with various organizations in the community to provide meaningful programs to youth as well as other social and cultural communities.  

The Dance Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to and benefit the Los Angeles dance community, engage in meaningful community programming, and promote the mental and physical benefits of dance.


Partial list of scholarship participants and their experiences. We're proud to be a part of their journey. Please note: we do not guarantee employment or representation.


Gil Duldulao

Janet Jackson, Britney Spears

RJ Durell  

Madonna, American Idol, Katy Perry, Iron Man, Pink, Superbowl 2015

Shawnette Heard

Janet Jackson, Tweet, MTV's Becoming

Caty Jean  

L’effluer des sens (Director)

Jason Myhre

Rihanna, N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Anastacia

Bobby Newberry

Pussycat Dolls, Girlicious

Tracy Phillips

American Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Rhianna, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Covergirl, Kmart

Becca Sweitzer

Hart of Dixie, Raphael Saadig, Scissor Sisters, The Goldbergs


Lisa Coppola

Co-founder, Principal and Agent, Go 2 Talent Agency

Laney Filuk

Co-founder, Principal and Agent, BLOC Talent Agency


Marissa Munoz

Founder, Principal and Director, M Casting -- Old Navy, Gap (Dance)


Blake Angier

Malaya Ho

Elizabeth Petrin

Dani Vitale

Liana Blackburn

Tiffany Leise Taskey

Aury Reitz

Michelle Vrakelos

Dom Chaiduang

Chelsea Michener

Claude Racine

Christina Woodard

Lisa Eaton

KC Monnie

Gregg Russell


Kyle Hill

Bobby Newberry

Sarah Smith


Scott Hislop

Adam Parson

Becca Sweitzer



Samantha Abrantes

Paris Disney

McKenzie Anderson

Glee, X Factor, Chrysler, Bunheads, UGGS, Toms

Nancy Anderson

Justin Timberlake (tour), Christina Aguilera (tour), Britney Spears (tour), Gap

Tim Anderson

Wicked (tour), The Color Purple (NY), 9 to 5 (original cast), Reba McIntire

Alyx Andrushuk

American Music Awards, Selena Gomez, Target, Carly Rae Jepsen

Chad Azadan

River North Company, Celine Dion

Liana Blackburn

Britney Spears, Viva Laughlin, Chris Angel’s Believe

Lindsay Blaufarb

Beat Freaks (America’s Next Best Dance Crew)

Khasan Brailsford

Beyonce, Pink

Zac Brazenas

Celine Dion World Tour, Britney Spears

Dominic Chaiduang

Celine Dion (tour), Paul McCartney (tour), Wicked (tour)

Lexi Contursi

Katy Perry, X Factor, Glee, Taylor Swift, Laguna Beach, Ted 2

Jessica Cropper

Benjamin Button (Cate Blanchett dance double), Glee, CSI

Tiffany Daniels

The Color Purple (tour), Gangster Squad, Kelly Clarkson, The X Factor

Audrey Douglass

Radio City Rockettes, Beyonce, VMA's, L.A. Opera (La Traviata), The Question

Hannah Douglass

Beyonce, Glee, Footloose, Iron Man 2, Britney Spears, Seal

RJ Durell

Cher (tour), Macy Grey, Destiny's Child, Movin' Out (tour)

Kelli Erdmann

Glee, Wicked, Victorious, Samsung, Reebok, Daft Punk

Reshma Gajjar

Madonna (tour), VH1 Hit The Floor

Molly Gosline

Beyonce, My Chemical Romance

Zachary Hensler

Aida (tour), Wicked (LA, tour)

Stephen Hernandez

Newies, LA Phil, American Airlines, Shaping Sounds, 90210

Kyle Hill

Glee, Wicked (Broadway and tour)

Scott Hislop

Ted 2, Benjamin Button, Spiderman, Titanic, Charlie's Angels

Yayoi Ito

Rockettes, Wayne Brady Show, Anastacia (tour)

Casey Johansen

Lady Gaga, Academy Awards, Glee, Ted 2, Ford, Subway, MTV Movie Awards

Keith Kool

L.A. Opera, Contact (LA, tour), Fiddler On The Roof (NY)

Taeok Lee

Taylor Swift Tour, American Music Awards, Grammys

Shanna Lord

Cirque du Soliel, Anastacia

Kandis Mak 

Bette Midler, The Showgirl Must Go On, Ellen DeGeneres Show

Nikki Medrano

Emmy Awards, Janelle Monae, BET Awards, American Idol

Ragon Miller

Chris Brown, Dancing with the Stars, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, VMA’s

Marvin Milora

Justin Bieber, Cheetah Girls (tour), Britney Spears

KC Monnie

Teen Beach Movie, Dancing with the Stars, Glee, Fame, American idol

Preston Mui

Mariah Carey (tour), Paulina Rubio (tour)

Michael Munday

Glee, Ted 2

Shelby Rabara 

GLEE, Limelight (TV pilots)

Julie Schmid

The Mindy Project, Katy Perry, Switched at Birth, 90210, Kelly Clarkson

Logan Schyvynck

Kesha (tour), Chris Angel’s Believe

Rachele Smith

Center Stage 2 (lead), Bring it On 5 (lead)

Sarah Smith

Britney Spears, Austin Powers 1, 2 & 3, CSI Miami, Batman

Michael Stein

Britney Spears, Glee, Kylie Minogue, Cee Lo Green, American Idol

Jon Stotlar

Paris Disney, Tokyo Disney

Becca Sweitzer

Hairspray (film), Christina Aguilera, Tropic Thunder

Victor Tang


Ryan Thomas

Queen Latifah Cover Girl campaign

Addie Yungmee

The Gymnast (lead), Madonna (tour), Celine Dion (tour), Cher (tour)

Austin Westbay

Kesha (tour), Hysterica Dance Company

Charlie Williams

Sound of Music live, Tony Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Awards, America's Got Talent, Memphis (OBC)

Dani Vitale

Glee, Beyonce, Shake It Up, The Voice, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Grammys




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