Dance accepts auditions in ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern-contemporary, tap, and world dance forms. The strongest auditions demonstrate a clear technique, a strong, unique voice, and a sophisticated sense of nuance and range.

Dance winners at National YoungArts Week

Are you a dancer who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2023 YoungArts application closes on October 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

All the requirements for the 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDFs below.

Ask an Artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQ or email

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Ernest Baker (2009 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)

Andrea Murillo (2006 Dance)

Connor Yockus (2014 Dance)

Yara Travieso (2005 Dance)

Jorge "Fabel" Pabon, Guest Artist

Vernon Scott, National Selection Panelist

Select Performances from Winners

Nouhoum Koita, Modern-Contemporary

Isha Parupudi, Classic Indian

Rush Carson, Choreography

Tomoe Carr, Hip Hop

Amelie Or, Tap

Tyrone Reese, Ballet

Nouhoum Koita (2020 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) performing during National YoungArts Week

The monetary award I received after National YoungArts Week helped make it possible for me to continue my training at The Juilliard School… and I’m extremely grateful for that.” 

— Nouhoum Koita (2020 Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)