14+ Dance Scholarship
The 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation was incorporated in 2004 to establish, fund and maintain scholarship programmes to promote the practice and understanding of dance throughout New Zealand. Scholarships are awarded annually to teachers for further training, and at a biennial event to talented RAD dancers showing outstanding ability and potential.
Scholarships and Awards
14+ Dance Scholarship
In 2004, 14 was the minimum number of Founder members required to ensure funding for the first 10 years of the RAD Scholarship Programme. 26 pledged to the vision which was a ‘plus’, hence the name 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation. To fund the biennial event and award $8,000 to the most outstanding dancer whilst ensuring the longevity of this programme, the generous support of donors is essential.
Elvira Macrae Award
In 2013 Elvira Macrae, a former very successful RAD teacher in Tauranga, made a generous donation to provide a further award of $6,000. A second substantial donation in 2020 led to the creation of the Gloria Macrae Finalists’ Awards, which are presented to the finalists of the 14+ event
Alexander Grant Award (AGA)
In 2006 the Alexander Grant Award was established to honour Alexander Grant CBE, a celebrated New Zealand dancer, to be awarded to a New Zealand dancer. This award of $4,000 and is available to be rebranded in honour of a new sponsor.
Creina Gee Memorial Award
In 2006 the family of Creina Gee, former NZ RAD dance teacher and examiner, established the Creina Gee Memorial Award to provide financial assistance for dance teachers or trainee dance teachers to undertake courses of study.
Since 2004, The Foundation has awarded over $188,000 to students and teachers.
From the alumni of the three major awards, seven are currently dancing with a professional company and six have danced professionally and are now retired from performing; eight awards were used to fund studies in Australia and eight at the NZ School of Dance.
Become a donor
In order to ensure the continuation and strengthening of the 14+ Dance Scholarship Foundation into the future, we need donors. Support the dance community and fledging dance talent in NZ by committing to be part of our donation programme.