Youth Scholarship 2019


St. Louis is a prominent player in the development of jazz music and of the regional styles of social dancing that accompany these music styles. In the effort of celebrating and promoting this heritage, the Nevermore Jazz Ball and St. Louis Swing Dance Festival is offering 10 scholarships for young adults ages 18-25 to attend the festival’s events and take up to 10 hours of dance classes for free. The goal is to provide a learning and inspiration opportunity for dancers who are hungry for learning and growth, and who are eager to build on their passion for dance. The classes offered range from solo jazz (with an opportunity to perform a choreography), tap, and partnered dancers such as lindy hop, balboa, and shag. If recipients wish to compete in the contests, their competition fees will be waived. Recipients will also be welcome to invite a guest to some of the evening dances. To apply for the scholarship you must meet the following requirements and send the listed application materials to Christian Frommelt at by September 20th.


  • Must be between ages 18 and 25

  • Must have  prior solo and/or partnered dance background (any style)

  • Must possesses appreciation for jazz music and interest in furthering knowledge of jazz music and history

  • Must reside within St. Louis metropolitan area

  • The festival begins Thursday November 7th and lasts through Sunday November 10th

  • Must agree to our event Code of Conduct

Application Materials

  • Each applicant will submit a written statement between 100 and 200 words describing their interest in furthering their knowledge and passion in jazz/swing dance, and how attending the Nevermore Jazz Ball may advance their dance goals, and/or benefit their effort to build a stronger dance community in St. Louis.

  • Please submit a video at least 30 seconds in length of your partner or solo dancing to jazz or swing music. 

Post-Event Materials

  • After the event, each applicant is required to submit a written statement about their experience, including any challenges you faced, and the take-aways from your classes. How will your experience(s) in class affect your dance journey?

  • A video example of what you learned in your classes, to be optionally shared publicly.


-Application deadline is Friday September 20th. Notifications will be sent out by October.

-Post-Event materials must be submitted by Friday November 15th

-The application and post-event materials are intended to demonstrate the applicants’ commitment to their own learning and clear interest in carrying that learning forward.

-In the event that we receive more than 10 qualifying applications, scholarships will be awarded by a random drawing. 

Recipients who complete the program will increase their chances of being chosen for this Scholarship again in the future. 

Please contact Christian Frommelt at with any questions.