Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024

Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Genre: Ballet

Venue: Fusion Dance Center

​Cost: $25 per applicant. This fee is Non-refundable.

2023 Senior Scholarship Winners:

1st Place: Mallory Massache
Teacher: Lauren Newby of Lois Allen School of Dance

2nd Place: Hannah Charnok

Teacher: Helen Watts of Moderne Academie of Dance

Frances L. Chalif Senior Scholarship Honoring Frances & Amos Chalif

The Frances L. Chalif Senior Scholarship Fund was begun by Amos Chalif to honor his sister Frances. She died in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver on her way to Palm Sunday Mass.  

The first scholarship auditions were conducted on April 5, 1987.  The scholarship was maintained by Amos until his passing in 2012.  The scholarship name was changed to honor both he and Frances to show our appreciation for his generosity to our organization.

The scholarship is now solely funded by ADT-NJ.  It is awarded annually by audition to high school students of ADT-NJ members in good standing.

The 35th Annual Frances L. Chalif Memorial Scholarship Audition was held on Sunday, March 26, 2023 in the style of contemporary/lyrical.

Senior Scholarships

**NEW Format (as of 2018)**

This year the scholarship audition was conducted in a class format rather than a solo audition piece.

Students took a 1 1/2 hour class in the designated genre as well as submitting a brief essay.

Applicants Will Be Evaluated On:

  • Personal appearance/dress code
  • Introduction/essay summary presentation
  • Technique class: attitude and effort, dance etiquette, application of teacher corrections, and technical execution
  • Combination: performance quality and technical execution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ADT-NJ Member must be in good standing (dues paid) and have attended and signed into at least one Workshop Meeting during the current season.
  • ADT-NJ Member must accompany their student entrants on the day of the audition.
  • Entrant must be a current student of a Member and have attended at least one ADT-NJ Workshop during the 2022-23 season.
  • Entrant must be a high school student, grades 9-12, not acting in an independent teaching capacity (teaching assistants are welcome to apply).
  • Entrant must complete the online application along with the $25.00 non-refundable application fee by midnight on March 11, 2023
  • Entrant must download, complete, scan, and email the Senior Scholarship Release Form (provided to eligible studios via email) by midnight on March 11, 2023 to​

How to Apply:

  • Application links will be sent via email to eligible teachers to forward to their students.
  • An eligible teacher may submit as many qualified students as they wish (no limit).
  • The student will then submit their own application (including essay and release) online.
  • Confirmation of receipt of application will be emailed to the ADT-NJ Member Teacher. The firm deadline for entry and complete release forms is March 11, 2023 at midnight.

Additional questions may be directed to the scholarship committee:

Dr. Lindsey Grites-Weeks 609-705-8312

We want to thank our judges and our students who participated in 2023!

Check out our 2023 contestants in action!

First Place$750
Second Place$500
Third Place$250