June 2008 - August 2008: Issue 27

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Ela Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The Ethel Louise Armstrong (ELA) Foundation has announced that the deadline for the ELA Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year is June 1. Application information is available at www.ela.org under ELA Scholarships.

The vision of the ELA Foundation, Inc. is to "Change the Face of Disability on the Planet." Its mission is to promote, through grants and scholarships, the inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of arts, advocacy and education. The ELA Scholarship program provides financial assistance from $500-$2000 for women with physical disabilities who are in graduate school, allowing them to pursue their degree and develop their leadership role within the disability community.

The scholarship awards are based on merit. Each applicant is required to submit an application that includes the following: an application form, college transcript, two letters of academic recommendation, a disability verification form, and an essay. The 2008 ELA Scholars will be notified of their award in August. The award is contingent upon the winner's acceptance to or continuation in an accredited university graduate program. The scholarship will be made payable to the educational institution to be credited towards tuition.To apply contact:

Deborah Lewis, Executive Director
ELA Foundation
2450 North Lake Ave. PMB#128
Altadena, CA 91001
tel: 626-398-8840 voice
fax: 626-398-8843
e-mail: deborah@ela.org

web site: www.ela.org


Performance Art Intensive Set For Teens And Young Adults

A summer performance art workshop will be held June 17-July 26 at the Camposition Studio in Little Havana, Florida. It is designed to give teenagers and young adults a glimpse into this direct and explosive medium, in which artists makes ideas and emotions come alive through the free use of their bodies, voices and imagination.

The Performance Art Intensive will use yoga, Viewpoints, Alexander technique, photography and examples from performance artists past and present to support the participants' work as creative artists. Participants will create their own performance pieces, culminating in a showing of work in Camposition's annual Miami Birthday Festival - One-One-Two on July 26.

Students 17 - 25 years old are eligible to participate. Some performing arts experience is required. Interested applicants need to e-mail Octavio Campos, Artistic Director, at info@camposition.org. This e-mail should include, name of applicant, age, home address, telephone number, e-mail, and a brief letter of introduction telling a little bit about yourself and what inspires you to be a performing artist. You may include a resume, artist statement and head shot if you'd like but it is not required for eligibility to the program. The registration deadline is June 1, and applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program no later than June 2.

For more Information about the Intensive and to set up an interview appointment call 786-399-7375or Becky Flowers at 305-519-0729, e-mail info@camposition.org, or go to http://www.camposition.org/pages/camposition-performance-art-intensive-summer-08.html.


Audition Notice For Wheelchair Dancers

The Dancing Wheels Company is currently seeking dancers, apprentices and trainees for employment in its 2008-2009 season. Dance positions offer full 52-week contracts, competitive rates of compensation, and an opportunity to travel throughout the country and abroad (with all expenses paid). The Company is auditioning male and female sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. Dancers with disabilities who are not everyday wheelchair users but are willing to adapt to wheelchair technique are also welcome. Apprentices receive professional training, performance opportunities and a stipend. Trainees receive professional training and limited performance opportunities. Sit-down dancers do not need prior dance experience, but should be athletic, with excellent speed and wheelchair agility. Most importantly, potential sit-down dancers must possess a willingness to learn. All applicants should be comfortable with speaking in front of large audiences. The Dancing Wheels Company provides training in these areas.

Auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis and will include a full class with modern and partnering sections. Please bring resume, headshots and samples of work, if available. Please call 216.432.0306 or e-mail Mary Verdi-Fletcher at vfletcher1@aol.com to schedule an audition.

Audition Location:
The Dancing Wheels Studios
3615 Euclid Avenue, 3rd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115

Physically Integrated Dance Summer Intensive

AXIS Dance Company is hosting it's third Summer Intensive August 3-10 at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland, CA. AXIS and Eric Kupers of the CSUEB Dance Department will teach physically integrated contact improvisation, technique, choreography, performance, and site-specific dance. The intensive will culminate with an informal performance by workshop attendees and faculty.

People ages 18 and up, of all dance levels and experience, with and without physical disabilities are invited to attend. All participants will be selected through an application process. Please download and send a completed application form (http://www.axisdance.org/pdf/summerform.pdf) plus a resume or curriculum vitae of dance, theatre, and/or athletic experience to the AXIS office at 1428 Alice Street, Ste. 200, Oakland, CA 94612 by the postmark deadline of June 15th.

Tuition for the workshop is $500. Limited full and partial scholarships will be made available. To apply for a full or partial scholarship participants should submit a letter of interest including a statement of financial need to accompany their application. Tuition does not include the cost of accommodations, but AXIS is reserving a block of hotel rooms in Oakland at a competitive room rate. It will make hotel information available to workshop registrants in early July. AXIS will make every effort to assist people in finding affordable accommodations, including providing registrants with contact information of others who may wish to share a room for the length of the summer intensive. If you have questions about the intensive and application process or would like the application form mailed to you, contact the AXIS office at (510) 625-0110 or annika@axisdance.org.


Princess Grace Foundation Announces Awards Program

Working in conjunction with nominating schools and non-profit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theatre, dance, and film. This unique collaborative process fills voids in the artistic community: scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and moral encouragement to focus on artistic excellence; monetary support for the nominating organizations eases fund raising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.

All applicants must be US Citizens or have obtained permanent resident status, and each grant must be completed in the United States. All nominating organizations must have 501(c)(3) status. Each category has unique guidelines specific to the discipline. To read more about discipline-specific guidelines, please visit the Foundation web site http://www.pgfusa.org/.