First introduced in 1999, the Dance and Drama Awards (DaDAs) offer annual scholarships to exceptionally talented performing arts students studying at some of the country’s leading providers of professional vocational training in dance, drama and musical theatre.
Funded by the government through the Education Funding Agency (EFA), DaDAs offer reduced tuition fees and assistance with living costs for the duration of the course.
Students graduating from DaDA funded courses comprise a high percentage of all new entrants to the British performing arts industry.
The performing arts industry contributes over £3.5bn annually to the British economy.
Leading exponents of the dance, acting and musical theatre industries consider the DaDA awards a critical influence on the development of the performing arts in the United Kingdom.