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Phyllis Haylor Scholarship

The Phyllis Haylor Scholarship scheme began in 1982 and is awarded annually to an individual who achieved Highly Commended in their Dancesport Associate during the eligible timeframe. A scholarship of £2,000 is awarded to support further dance training, for example, higher qualifications, such as Licentiate, an Associate qualification in another genre, or towards any relevant CPD to enhance the recipient's career as a new dance teacher.


Applications are now closed for 2022.

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The next round of applications will open at 12pm GMT on 2 February 2023 and close at 12pm (GMT) on 23 March 2023. Eligibility for the 2023 Scholarship will be those who have passed a full Dancesport Associate qualification with Highly Commended between 1 Jan 2022 – 31 Dec 2022.

Who can apply?

  • The scholarship is available to those who have passed a full Dancesport Associate qualification with Highly Commended during the eligible time frame. 
  • Applicants must not hold any other qualification higher than Associate level in any genre. 
  • Applicants may enter multiple times across numerous years, providing they meet the requirements stated above. 
  • Individuals that have previously received the scholarship are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a Society membership that is paid for and up to date. 

How to apply

Stage one

1. Applications are open and eligible candidates complete an online application form

2. Applications are shortlisted for stage two.

3. All applicants are emailed and notified if they have been shortlisted for stage two of the process.

Stage two

1. Shortlisted applicants will be emailed and notified of their presentation time and zoom joining details.

2. Applicants will deliver a live online verbal presentation, up to 15 minutes in length, on their chosen topic of the three stipulated. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A with the specialist panel. Candidates are permitted to use technology to support their presentation. Applicants may present in any language, however, for non-English presentations applicants must provide a translator. 

3. A winner is chosen by the specialist panel.


1. All applicants shortlisted for stage two will be contacted by email and notified of the outcome; individual feedback will not be provided.

2. The successful applicant is required to formally accept the scholarship via the completion of an online form. Once received, the applicant will be contacted directly regarding how to claim funds. 

3. The successful applicant will be announced via ISTD media channels.

Need help?

Our guidance notes will help you with the application process.

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"I'd like to say a sincere thank you to the panel for selecting me, it's a real honour and an amazing feeling to receive the Phyllis Haylor Scholarship. I thoroughly enjoyed presenting the topic of inclusivity in dance to the panel.

Looking ahead, I'm most excited about connecting with fellow professionals from across the society, to spend time and learn from their vast experiences. I hope that the knowledge and growth I gain through this opportunity will set me in good stead to give back and support future winners of the scholarship in years to come."

2023 Phyllis Haylor Recipient, Liam Pywell