Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

I would like to volunteer my time to DFF. How do I sign-up?

DFF currently does not have a regular need for volunteers. When we do, an online registration form will be available for interested individuals to sign-up with an outline of how you can support our work.

Can you tell me what I need to do to sign-up to teach on one of your programs?

DFF does not directly operate any of the programs we fund.

Grants from DFF enable each organization/institution to use its designated funds to develop, support, or enhance its dance programming. Any administrative or teaching staff required by a program is the responsibility of the organization running the program.

Does Dizzy Feet provide support to organizations outside the USA?

In keeping with our mission, Dizzy Feet works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. While we wish we could support deserving organizations/programs elsewhere in the world, there is still much work for DFF to do within the United States before we are can move our focus internationally.

How can I donate to Dizzy Feet?

Donations can be made through our website by clicking the Donate tab in the header, from there you can simply follow the link where you can make donations in a variety of ways: on behalf of , in memory of etc.

I am a choreographer and would like to send some of my work to Mr Lythgoe or Mr Shankman for consideration. What do I need to do?

We’re sorry, but we cannot accept any submissions of this nature. The work of DFF is centered around our mission of supporting, improving, and increasing access to dance education in the United States.

I would like to be put in contact with one of the dancers/choreographers on your board to ask them a few questions about what inspired them to start dancing. Can you help?

The work of DFF is centered around our mission of supporting, improving, and increasing access to dance education in the United States. Unfortunately, DFF cannot facilitate these kinds of communications with board members.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM QUESTIONS

How do I get to be a part of an accredited dance program?

DFF is in the process of establishing relationships with organizations that offer or administer accreditation for dance programs in the USA across a broad range of dance styles. While DFF will not act as an accrediting body, we hope to provide comprehensive list of those that do in the near future. Please check our website for updates and information on how your dance school, studio, university, or dance institution can become accredited.

Can I apply for a scholarship? How do I know if I qualify?

No. Only invited institutions may nominate students to apply for scholarships.

My child is 9 years old and an aspiring dancer. Can I nominate her for a scholarship?

Unfortunately not. Students must be at least 15 years old and must be nominated by an accredited or nationally recognized dance school or institution in the United States where they currently study. Individuals can not nominate themselves or others for a scholarship with DFF.

I am a student who has been nominated by my dance school/institution. Can I complete the nomination form or submit the supporting materials myself?

No.

All nominations must be completed by a teacher or faculty member at the nominating dance school, studio, university, or dance institution. As all scholarships are paid directly to the institution where the recipient is enrolled, DFF works with them directly in order to maintain clear lines of communication and reporting.

Students are asked to provide any necessary supporting documents directly to their nominating teacher/professor who will submit their nomination via DFF’s online application.

Any materials received directly from a nominated student will not be put forward for consideration, and his or her nomination will be disqualified.

COMMUNITY PROGRAM QUESTIONS

How do I know if I qualify for a community program fund?

Please be sure to read the DFF guidelines for Community funding listed above which clearly outlinehow organizations qualify.

Does Dizzy Feet give community support to organizations outside the USA?

In keeping with our mission, Dizzy Feet works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. While we wish we could support deserving organizations/programs elsewhere in the world, there is still much work for DFF to do within the United States before we are can move our focus internationally.

Can public schools or school districts apply for your Community Program?

YES!

We know that school budgets are suffering under the current economy and that Arts programing is often in short supply for schools/districts. Provided that each school/district meets the eligibility criteria outlined above and is able to offer dance programing that satisfies DFF’s requirements, it is welcome to apply.

Can my dance studio apply for your Community Program?

Yes!

Provided that your dance studio meets the eligibility criteria outlined (i.e., is a non-profit organization) and is able to offer dance programing that satisfied DFF’s requirements, you are welcome to apply.

We applied for a DFF Community Funding Grant in previous years and have been invited by DFF to apply again. Does this mean we will automatically receive funding since DFF has invited us reapply?

Unfortunately not. Each application is considered on its individual merits and in the context of all other applications received in that funding cycle.

Each year, DFF sends out an invitation to all previous applicants to let them know of the open application dates and welcomes them to apply again. However, this is not a guarantee for funding, as all successful funding is based on the strength of your organizations’ application amongst the pool of applicants in any given year.

Our organization needs new dance floors/costumes/ballet barres/money to enter our students for a national dance competition. Can you help us?

In keeping with our mission, DFF does not fund community programs for any of these. Please refer to the information on WHAT WE DON’T FUND for a clear overview of what funding is not provided for.

Our organization/program is not registered as a 501(c)3 and does not have non-profit status. Can we still apply if we have a fiscal sponsor who is?

DFF wants to ensure that all funds are going directly to the programs we support. This is why DFF chooses only to work with eligible non-profit organizations and does not accept applications with a fiscal sponsor.