Founded in 2009, the Diane Drulis Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to dedicated, passionate dancers to further their education in the arts.
Dance education is expensive and financial aide is not readily available. Our research , and experience, has shown that the financial aide to established, eager dancers is little to none. There comes a time in a young dancer’s life when dance training requires more than just one or two classes a week. In order to excel in the art, dancers are required to take a certain number of classes per week, and extensive, intensive summer training, which is more money out of pocket for parents, and in some cases, the students themselves.
Diane Drulis would recognize these hard working students and point them out to her co-workers with the hope of securing them financial aide. All too often, dancers were eager and willing to take more classes but did not have the means. Any young man that wanted to take a dance class, was immediately given a scholarship. No questions. However, Diane wanted to help all dancers. Hence, the want, need and desire for the foundation.
The application process follows the guidelines of both a college application and a professional dance audition. Dancers that audition are asked to perform a solo piece as well as learn group choreography.
Scholarships are awarded based on dedication and passion displayed through performance. Written essay, teacher recommendation and technical ability are all taken into account as well as character and personality.
Money awarded will be given directly to the dance institution in which the dancer wishes to apply the scholarship. Money will not be awarded directly to the dancer.
It is at the discretion of the DDF Executive Board to determine the number of scholarships awarded per year as well as scholarship amounts.
Diane Drulis was a dance teacher, choreographer and director who inspired numerous students with her infectious spirit and heart. Her passion for teaching was evident in every movement she made. Diane had an amazing ability to teach anyone who wanted to learn, no matter what their ability.
Diane lost her battle with lung cancer in 2008. It was always her dream to help students continue their education in the arts. Just prior to her passing, she asked that her daughter, Autumn Schneider, help make her dream become a reality.
The Diane Drulis Foundation is committed to honoring her memory, spirit and passion by awarding dancers scholarships to further their education in the arts.