Dance Scholarships

You may qualify for a Saint Mary’s Performing Arts Scholarship in Dance, Music or Theatre. Each year Saint Mary’s offers up to $13,000 in tuition­ remission scholarships for demonstrated artistic excellence. Beginning for Fall 2020 applicants: Performing Arts will also award two full-tuition scholarships. These merit­-based awards are available only to incoming first-year students, and are renewable for four years. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE SCHOLARSHIP RESULTS BY FEBRUARY 28, 2020.  Students must apply to Saint Mary's College by January 15. We recommend meeting the early-decision deadline for college applications. NEW! Travel Stipends for Scholarship Saturday Our goal is to bring as many scholarship auditioners to Saint Mary's as possible, giving each candidate a chance to show themselves to best advantage, while experiencing our beautiful campus, meeting the faculty, and finding out more about all Saint Mary's has to offer.If you live in Southern California or out of state, travel stipends are now available. To be eligible, financial need must be demonstrated.  Travel stipends may be applied toward one roundtrip plane ticket.  Cap amount TBD.Hotel costs are not covered, but Admissions can house you overnight on campus, with a student host.For more information, contact Jenna Sciarrino, Associate Director of Admissions (

The audition will consist of three parts: a modern dance technique class, a short solo, and an interview.

How to prepare for the audition:

Modern Dance class

  • You will need to arrive to the studio ready to dance.
  • We do not have a dress code, although no baggy clothing preferred.
  • You will be dancing barefoot on a vinyl Stage Step floor (you may wear socks, half soles, etc, if you find it too sticky).
  • We look for the dancer with a passion to move; do not worry if you have never had a modern dance class. The dance program values diversity.

Solo Choreography

  • Choreograph a 1.5-2 minute solo to music with no lyrics. This solo must be of your own choreography. 
  • The solo can be in any style and should represent both your dancing and choreographic abilities.
  • The studio has a CD player and is iPod compatible. Bring your own music.
  • Costumes are not required.
  • Please title your work. 


To maintain scholarship eligibility you must:

  • Major or minor in dance;
  • be a full time student;
  • remain in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (B-);
  • enroll in Dance Company movement classes five days a week and lecture courses required of the major or minor each semester;
  • audition for at least two pieces per semester with the Saint Mary's College Dance Company; if not chosen, serve on the concert technical crew;
  • serve the department as a model citizen;
  • place the Saint Mary's College Dance Company as your first priority when performing for other campus groups. Scholarship students must have the permission of the Director of Dance to audition for other dance groups on campus. 

Apply for an audition here.

Audition Applications opened in October of 2019 for Fall of 2020 Admissions.

For further information or to schedule an audition contact Professor Cathy Davalos, (925) 631-4824 or