Courage, creativity & shine!
Dance is a universal language. It transcends location, dialect, and status, freeing artists to share their emotions as an expression of self and uniting them with their audiences in a shared appreciation of movement.
Angel Shine Dance Challenges help to bring our global network together, providing young dancers with a platform to display their talents. These challenges are a fun way for dancers to share their creativity with our social media audience and the world. We post several themed challenges throughout the year on Instagram, inviting artists to choreograph and submit a dance video that explores that particular challenge’s theme.
The reward? Visibility, accolade, admiration…and of course, scholarships for dance education + expenses!
Current Challenge: Let Your Hero Shine!
We are inspired by the talent, dedication and journeys of young dancers around the world as they strive to achieve their dreams. From aspiring dancers in their first class to prima ballerinas, a dancer cannot succeed without the support of a loving community. Angel Shine invites all dancers to reflect on the people who have deeply impacted their dance journey, and dedicate a dance to one of their heroes – whether a teacher, family member, friend, mentor, or themselves.
Our board selects the top 3 entries for scholarship awards of $5,000, $2,500 & $1,000.
Every dancer under 18 years old is encouraged to submit a video!
All dancers under the age of 18 are encouraged to participate. Participants should select music and dance genre based on personal style and preference. To inspire imagination, we encourage all choreography and dance to be original.
Share your gifts with a global dance community, and encourage others to join!
- Submission video: < 60 seconds
- Submission format: .MP4 or .MOV (please convert any Youtube videos to these formats)
- All forms of dance welcome; not limited to ballet
- Dancer must explain who they’re dancing for and why (included in the 60 sec time restriction)
- Original choreography is not required, however, a fresh video submission is required (past performance videos should not be submitted)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org all entries by November 14th. Video length must be one minute or less. Please include the names and schools (if applicable) of the participants. Dancers who have previously won may enter again – we encourage all Angel Shine scholars to participate!
Spring 2021: Let Your Partner Shine
Thank you to all of the amazing dancers who submitted videos for our Let Your Partner Shine dance challenge. The Angel Shine Foundation Board was incredibly impressed by the caliber of submissions we received. Scholarship winners were recognized for embodying the true spirit of partnership, where both dancers helped one another shine!
After tallying up more than 1,000 public votes, we’re excited to announce the scholarship winners of the “Let Your Partner Shine” Dance Challenge. Congratulations to: 1st Scholarship winners Sophie DeGraff & Payton Beckmann from WestMet Classical Training in Minnesota, USA, who each received a $2,500 scholarship. 2nd Scholarship winners Emanuele Faifer & Amaury Zanette from Ballettschule Theater Basel in Basel, Switzerland, who each received a $1,500 scholarship. And, 3rd Scholarship winners Zlata Datsyshyn & Anna Chesnova from Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy in Vienna, Austria, both winners of a $500 scholarship.
Honorable Mentions for our spring challenge included: Eric Poor & Berkleigh Hernandez, from Citydance School and Conservatory in Maryland, USA , Alecsia Lazarescu & Fabrizzo Ulloa, from Ballettschule Theater Basel in Basel, Switzerland, and Chloe Lizama & Asahi Hagihara from Ballet Academy East in New York, USA. Each couple receives a $500 scholarship!
Special thanks to a generous anonymous donor for underwriting the Let Your Partner Shine Challenge scholarships. Be sure to keep an eye out for future dance challenges from Angel Shine!