Check out our 2021 contestants in action!

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



1st Place Winner Josh Bordman
​with Teacher Helen Watts

Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Time: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Genre: Jazz

Venue: NJ School of Ballet

7-9 Vreeland Road Florham Park

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

**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 2020-21 and/or 2019-20 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 May 27, 2021
  • Entrant must download, complete, scan, and email the Senior Scholarship Release Form (provided to eligible studios via email) by midnight on May 27, 2021 to​

Special Covid-19 Requirements for 2021:
We will be strictly adhering to any and all Covid-19 protocol required of us by the state of New Jersey, the town of Florham Park, and the NJ School of Ballet. These protocol are continually being updated so be aware that the guidelines we are providing here are subject to change.

  • Anyone entering the premises of the NJ School of Ballet  will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times. This includes scholarship participants while they are in class.
  • Anyone entering the premises of the NJ School of Ballet will be required to have a temperature check. Anyone displaying a higher-than-normal temperature will not be allowed in the building. 
  • Depending on the capacity limitations that are in place at the time of the event, we may need to limit the number of guests that accompany each dancer. Please be prepared for the possibility...
    • that parents/chaperones may be required to wait in their car while students are in class.
    • that we may need to present the award(s) virtually

We won't know for sure if we need to put  guest capacity limits into effect until we are closer to the event day. We will keep all registrants up to date when/if regulations change.

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 Thursday, May 27, 2021 at midnight.

Additional questions may be directed to the scholarshop committee:

Dr. Lindsey Grites-Weeks 609-705-8312

We want to thank everyone who participated in 2021!

2021 Senior Scholarship Winners with our judges.

2021 Senior Scholarship Winners:
1st Place: Josh Bordman
2nd Place: Simone Schomberg
3rd Place: Gisele Herb

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 34th Annual Frances L. Chalif Memorial Scholarship Audition was held on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in the style of jazz. 

Senior Scholarships