Dancesport Awards

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 recipients career as a new dance teacher.


  • The scholarship is available to those who have passed a Dancesport Associate 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. 
  • Applicants must hold a Society membership that is paid for and up to date. 
  • Applicants must currently reside in the United Kingdom
  • Applicants must be available for the presentation date.


  • Applications open and candidates complete an online form stating their intent to enter.
  • Candidates are shortlisted and invited by email to deliver a 8-10 minute verbal presentation on one of three specified topics specified for a specialist panel. The presentation is followed by a short Q&A with the specialist panel.
  • A winner is chosen by the specialist panel and provided with information on how to claim their scholarship funds.

Application Dates

Applications are now closed and will open again in 2021. 

Eligible timeframe: Applicants must have passed their Dancesport Associate qualification with Highly Commended between 1 June 2018 and 31 December 2019. 

Applicants must be available on Friday 22 January 2021 to give a 8-10 minute presentation to a panel of Dancesport specialists on one of three specified topics:

  1. How can learning dance help to support mental, emotional and physical wellbeing?
  2. How do competitions, examinations and social dance support holistic learning in the context of Dancesport?
  3. Dance is for everyone, how can a good teacher embed inclusivity in their everyday practice?

If you have any questions, please contact bursaries@istd.org