Since 1971, the BTW has held annual scholarship awards for all students aged between 6 years and over 16 years who are studying a recognised classical ballet syllabus. In 2013, there were over 550 participants in the auditions representing over 50 schools from Melbourne, regional Victoria, NSW, Qld and the ACT. Since then we have grown to over 770 participants and 70 schools and the scholarship awards continue to grow as we head into our 49th year.
Approximately 120 students were then chosen to perform a classical variation at the finals held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre. Scholarships totalling over $29,200 were awarded on the day.
The BTW scholarships are adjudicated by pre-eminent figures in the Australian dance scene. Audition classes are held at the Victorian College of the Arts and are taught by professional teachers. Past winners of BTW scholarships regularly progress to enjoy successful professional careers both in Australia and overseas.