National Dance Foundation of Bermuda
Mission of the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda (NDFB) is to provide the best of training opportunities to those who are dedicated to dancing and are striving to elevate the level of dance in Bermuda. The programs are so designed that Bermuda’s young dancers, teachers and choreographers get unmatched development opportunities and exposures both locally and overseas. Such benefits include dance courses, scholarships and other financial aids.
Hollywood celebrity and Bermuda's most famous resident Catherine Zeta-Jones is now a board member of the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda. The Foundation runs many programs all throughout the year. Here are the major ones:
The Partner Re MasterClasses: This is a series of weekend master classes offered free of charge to the entire dance community. Instructors come in from organizations like the American Ballet Theatre, The Ailey School, the Juilliard School and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Dance Bermuda: This is a three week international summer intensive hosted by the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda in collaboration with American Ballet Theatre. This diverse program includes ballet, pointe, partnering, men’s, modern, Pilates, contemporary, jazz, and repertory classes. Additional classes are also offered at the end of the regular class day and have included African dance, Latin dance and improvisation.
Scholarships and financial assistance
Bermuda Ballet Association Commemorative Awards from National Dance Foundation of Bermuda. There are three awards in this category:
The Patricia Calnan Commemorative Award of $15,000 to support a student’s advanced study at an accredited university or other professional program,
The Madame Ana Roje Commemorative Award of $7,500 to support study at a recognized professional dance institution by a dancer or teacher demonstrating excellence in ballet and the commitment to enhance training professionally, and
The L. John Profit Commemorative Award of $7,500 to support study at a recognized professional institution by a dancer, teacher or choreographer willing to contribute to the Bermuda dance community after having completed their training and gaining sufficient international experience.
Georgine Mary Russell Hill Scholarship of $7,500 from the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda is awarded to a dancer, teacher or choreographer who supports the Foundation’s mission of raising the standard of dance excellence in Bermuda. The person also needs to demonstrate the talent, skill and commitment to pursue advanced dance training at a recognized university or another professional program overseas.
Bursary funding for dance study is awarded to assist qualified applicants to pursue dance in Bermuda or abroad
The Professional Development Fund: This funding is available to Bermudian dance teachers for study at recognized institutions, schools or companies overseas to raise their professional levels.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 267, Paget PG BX – Bermuda
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