Financial Aid

During our COVID closure the Discounted Training Program, Professional Performer Rate and Adult Scholarships are available for online classes. Apply below.

Discounted Training Program (DTP)


In an effort to support more dancers of all levels and ages and offer access to dance classes and training, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is offering the Discount Training Program (DTP) for adults ages 18 and up earning $45,000 or less total household income for calendar year 2021.


The program serves all interested students, including: working artists, college students, senior adults, public school teachers, teaching artists, and more. The main criteria is a total household income of $45,000 or less per year.


As of August 3, 2020, the rate for a single adult class is $16 for a 60-75 minute online class. DTP classes are $8 each. The DTP is for single classes only; there are no discounted class cards through DTP at this time.



  • APPLICATIONS are open - If computer access is a barrier, please call the Center at (510) 654-5921, and a staff member will gladly assist you in completing the form.

  • Applications are rolling until all spots are filled. Applications will be reviewed each Monday.


50 students will be selected as follows, based on income level and the category in which you are applying: Retired, Unemployed, Working Artist, Student, Public School Employee, or General Student. SADC will consider extending the pool beyond 50 students if more interest is demonstrated by the applicant response.


Retired students = 10% of the spots (5 students)

Unemployed students = 10% (5 students)

Working artists (of any art form) = 10% (5 students)

Students (college, graduate school, culinary school, PT school, etc) = 10% (5 students)

Public school employees = 10% (5 students)


The remaining 25 spots will go to general dance students, of any level or age, who are earning $45,000 or less. The 25 will be selected based on income level, selecting from the lowest income students first.


If the 5 categories do not get filled, those spots will go into the general student pool. (For example, if only 3 students apply in the Retired category, 2 spots will go in the general student category, where the only criteria is income level.)


All information shared on the application is confidential.


If you are not selected for the first round of the DTP, you can reapply for subsequent rounds and SADC staff will assist in connecting you with Work Study opportunities and the Stephanie Jacob Adult Scholarship.




Professional Performer Rate

SADC is pleased to extend a courtesy professional rate to dancers performing or working professionally in the Bay Area. Dancers receive a $1 discount off of any class. Dancers can purchase a class card, with a special expiration date of one year after the purchase date (versus the normal 6-week expiration date). APPLY HERE


Stephanie Jacob Adult Scholarship Program

Through generous community donations from adult students; an annual gift from former adult student Stephanie Jacob; and support from the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, we are able to offer scholarships to adults in need three times per year. Please complete complete this simple ONLINE FORM. Scholarships are typically a 4-class card, 8-class card, 12-class card or 75% of tuition for a workshop.

Applications are currently open for January 1 -  March 1, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Work Study Program

SADC offers a robust work study program. For each hour of work, you can take one class in exchange or rehearse for one hour. This averages to be a $16-$18 value per hour. The work study program includes cleaning the building, helping at performances, computer/data entry, front desk help, and more. While our usual in-house work study options are hold due to COVID closure, some opportunities are available. APPLICATIONS AND MORE INFO HERE.


Under 25 Discounted Rental Program

Beginning on January 1, 2020, choreographers age 25 and under can receive a discounted rate to rehearse at SADC. The general rate is $16/hour; the discounted rate for young artists will be $12/hour.


Each time you pay for a rehearsal, you will need to notify the front desk staff that you qualify for the discount.