Scholarship & Work-Study Opportunities


Intensive Study Scholarships

The ISS Program is for any serious dance student age 16 or older—intermediate through advanced who has the desire, drive and commitment to improve technical skills, range and expression through concentrated dance training and faculty mentorship. The ISS program may also provide internship opportunities in the areas of performance, stage management and more! ISS is an ongoing program. ISS students must commit to attending 2 classes of their choice per week from January through June and will receive a partial scholarship toward the class tuition.


The audition will consist of a ballet warm up and learning two short dance combinations of different styles. The next ISS audition will take place at Danceworks (1661 N. Water Street) from 3-4:15pm on the following dates:

  • May 7, 2022: SU ISS Audition (3-4:15pm)
  • August 6, 2022: FA ISS Audition (3-4:15pm)


Click here to register your Audition
Pre-registration for the audition is required.For more information, please contact Gina Laurenzi at 414.277.8480 or via email.

Studio Class Scholarship

Danceworks is currently offering a limited amount of scholarships for classes offered through 2021-22. Scholarships are based on financial need and merit. Students may apply for a scholarship for an individual program or class, or for a full year of programming. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the limit on our class capacities, some in-studio programming may not be available as part of the scholarship program. You will be notified if the program you have selected is only available virtually. Please feel free to indicate if you prefer in-studio or virtual programming and we will do our best to accommodate your request.


Apply for a studio class scholarship

For more information, contact Amy Brinkman-Sustache, Director of Education, at 414.277.8480 ext. 6002 or via email.

Work Study

We offer an hour-for-hour exchange for classes. Duties include cleaning, studio maintenance and light administrative tasks that are usually scheduled on off-hours on a weekly basis.


For more information contact Teresa Drews at

Shining Light Scholarship

The Shining Light Scholarship is in memory of Paulette Johnson, a loving mother who knew the power of dance and how it could change a person’s life. The scholarship is meant to give financial support and field experience to a deserving individual who has a passion for dance and a willingness to work alongside Danceworks staff, who will provide one on one mentorship, support, and work experience in the dance field. Paulette always encouraged her two daughters to let their lights shine. It is the way she lived her life and through this scholarship, her light will keep shining and illuminating dancers in the studio and on stage.

This scholarship is intended for Danceworks students, who are identified as need-based students, in pursuit of training and mentorship with Danceworks and its staff. In addition to providing mentorship experience in the field, the purpose of this scholarship is to lessen the financial burden of quality dance training for families int he Milwaukee area. Students can be awarded partial or complete tuition for Danceworks classes or Danceworks Youth Performance Company tuition. We encourage all individuals regardless of race and gender to apply.


Apply for the shining light scholarship here!


Interested in donating to the Shining Light Scholarship fund? By submitting a tax-deductible donation, you support our mission to enhance JOY, HEALTH and CREATIVITY by engaging the community through dance.

Donate to the Shining Light Scholarship Fund here!