What are the Dance and Drama Awards?

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.


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(January 2015)

For the 2015 to 2016 academic year, the maximum income threshold for DaDA support will be increased from £70,000 to £90,000.


Minor adjustments to the amount of support the scheme will provide to students who have household incomes of greater than £42,000 will also be made.


This adjustment has been made in response to annual monitoring and feedback of the scheme. The changes will apply to new students in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.  

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