Off The Lane announced the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program earlier this year. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded once-a-year to a young aspiring dancer with BIG dreams in the BIG city! Inspired by Annie’s own story of moving to New York with little more than a dream, this scholarship will provide monetary support and mentorship by creating community, a home base and network of people in the industry to set them on a path of success and give them a leg up in the business.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH JUNE 30TH.
The winner is expected to be announced in November 2021 at our Empower Artists Fundraiser. The key elements that applicants must prepare are a video of them dancing, a video answering an interview question, their headshot, resume, and a letter of recommendation.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM PERKS:
Aside from monetary support, Off The Lane is also offering the following resources to scholarship winners:
- Pairing with a Mentor for curated sessions for their first (3) months in the city
- Industry connections, as selected by the Ann Reinking Advisory Board
- Access to Off The Lane’s Community Resource Guide
- Off The Lane’s Partnership Discounts
- Off The Lane’s Community Networking Events
ANN REINKING’S LEGACY
Ann Reinking moved to New York as a young dancer with little money in her pocket and very big aspirations. With dedication and hard work, she went on to create an amazing career for herself not only as a dancer, but choreographer as well, working with the likes of Robert Joffrey, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and starring in Chicago and Sweet Charity, among many others. She won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for her work on the 1996 revival of Chicago, which is currently still running on Broadway and set to reopen in September 2021
“I believe Annie would have loved having her name on the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program. Like so many young dancers coming to New York, she struggled to find a foothold in a strange city. Short of money and friends, Annie persevered and found her way forward, thanks to some helping hands. This program will offer others following in her footsteps that helping hand, to ensure that they can succeed in their desire to make it on Broadway. That’s a legacy worthy of her name and reputation.” — Peter Talbert, Ann’s Husband
Ann’s passion for dance shined through all of her performances and choreography. We will always remember her dedication and artistry and are thrilled to be carrying on her legacy through this program.
Click play to watch her in action as Grace Farrell in the 1982 movie Annie!
Consider donating to the scholarship fund to help support aspiring dancers achieve their dreams in NYC!
ADVISORY BOARD & COMMITTEES
From curating mentorship opportunities on the Advisory Board to divvying up responsibilities on the Application & Adjudication Committee and Fundraising Committees, we are beyond grateful to have the following talented and seasoned artists dedicating their time to support this budding program: Advisory Board Chair: Mindy Cooper