You could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with fees and living costs at one of 19 private dance and drama schools.
Apply direct to the dance and drama school you want to go to. Tell them you want to apply for a DaDA.
You must be 16 or over and show talent and a likelihood to succeed in the industry.
How much you get - 2014 to 2015 academic year
The amount you get depends on:
- your household income
- where you live and study
Download the national scales to find out how much you could get.
To get help with fees you must:
- be an EU citizen and have been living in the EU for 3 continuous years immediately before the start of your course
- have ‘settled status’
- have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK
To get help with living costs you must be from England, Scotland or Wales.
You must be studying for one of these Trinity College London Diplomas:
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (3 years)
- Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting (1 year)
- Level 5 Diploma in Professional Dance (Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance) (2 years)
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance (3 years)
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre (3 years)
You must be 16 or over for dance courses.
You must be 18 or over for acting courses.
DaDA schools for 2014 to 2015
The following schools offer DaDAs for the 2014 to 2015 academic year:
- ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)
- Arts.Ed, London
- Bird College - Dance and Drama Theatre Performance
- Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodywork
- Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
- English National Ballet School
- The Hammond School
- Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
- Laine Theatre Arts
- Liverpool Theatre School and College
- Millennium Performing Arts
- Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
- Northern Ballet School
- The Oxford School of Drama
- Performers College
- SLP College Leeds
- Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
- University of Surrey / GSA Conservatoire
- Urdang Academy
Appeal against a decision to refuse you a DaDA
Contact the school if you want to appeal their decision not to give you a DaDA.
Help and advice
Contact your school for help if you’re starting or returning in the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
Call the Learner Support helpline for more information if you started in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.
Learner Support helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 8989
Find out about call charges.