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2 New Certificate Programs

36-Week Professional Certificate in Dance

12-week Certificate of Study in Dance

Beginning August 2019, the EDGEPAC scholarship program will be merged into our new Academy at EDGE and has inspired two new Certificate programs. The Professional Certificate in Dance, is a 36-week program that is similar to our renowned professional program, only even more comprehensive with four Pro-Modules. The Certificate of Study in Dance, a 12-week program, is our professional training with one Pro-Module in a condensed boot camp format. If you want to go pro, these programs are for you.

Plus, both programs offers a Certificate (Pass/Fail) and educational credit of 54 units and 18 units respectfully. Participants may also have the opportunity to transfer credit to another college or university.

The Academy also offers the 12-week Immersion Certificate in Dance, which is immersive in the dance styles of the participants choice and 18 units. 

Scholarship opportunities for the Professional Certificate in Dance and Certificate of Study in Dance will be available through The Dance Fund. Look for more details coming soon. Participants can also use scholarships from other sources.

The 2019-20 school year begins in August 2019. We are now accepting applications and video submissions.

Learn more at Academy at EDGE.

The Academy at EDGE is approved to operate as an educational institution by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). The transferability of credits you earn at AAE are at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. See the AAE catalog for more information about transferring credit and more.



1988-2017 Participants


Applications due by: Jul 26, 2018. 5PM (PST)

Audition: Jul 29, 2018 at 10am

Recipient Work Training (begins) : Aug 27, 2018

Scholarship begins: Sep 10, 2018

Scholarship Completion: Aug 18, 2019


Founded at L.A. Dance Academy 1988-1991, and at EDGE since 1992.

Randy Allaire

Bill Prudich



The following list includes teachers and workshops both past and present.


Nancy Anderson (Career)


Randy Allaire (Career, Dance, Terminology)


Twinkie Byrd (Auditioning)


Cate Caplin (Ballroom)


Core Conditioning (Physical Therapy)


Mark Goodman (Voice)


Cathy Highland (Make-up & Hair)


Carol Mayo Jenkins (Acting)


Kathy Johnson (Gymnastics)


Rob Ianuccilli (Gymnastics)


Karen Maruyama (Acting Improvisation)


Marissa Munoz (Auditioning)


Bill Prudich (Career, Dance, Improv/Perf)


Mike Rose (Acting Improvisation)


Dr. Greg Vanvakaris (DC)



At EDGE and premium workshop classes including scholarship


Bloc Talent Agency


Clear Talent Group


Go 2 Talent Agency


McDonald Selznick Associates


The Movement Talent Agency


The S Agency



Glenn Campbell


Erik Hyler


Cory Jones


Vince Trupsin


Lindsay Rosenberg



Offered for scholarship:




Jazz Funk

Hip Hop




Theatre Dance


Have included:


Acting Improvisation

Assistant Techniques

Audition Song Preparation

Audition Techniques

Ballet Terminology


Career & Goal Planning


Dance Notation

Injury Prevention




 All subjects may not be included




Presented by The Dance Fund

ATTENTION: After 29 years, our renowned professional training opportunity, "Scholarship", will be exclusively offered with the Academy at EDGE programs. We are forever appreciative and thankful to the teachers and professionals that have donated their time and expertise to offer aspiring dancers world-class professional studio training like no other studio. 

Who Itís For - 2018-19

This opportunity is for serious dancers who are able to commit up to 36 hours per week (36-plus hours during rehearsals and performances) to study at the world renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center for one year.  Scholarship is for dancers whose schedule is flexible allowing them time to take class from a wide range of participating EDGE teachers. Itís for dancers who are passionate, dedicated and ready for the challenge.

What It Is

Selected by audition, up to twenty dancers are chosen to receive this one-year scholarship.  Weekly, it includes up to: 18 classes from our open-schedule, three 2-hour professional development workshops and five hours of apprenticeship. And, the opportunity to rehearse and perform in our annual show. The program is guided by the Directors with one-on-one expert advice from teachers.  

Professional development workshops include dance, choreography, acting improvisation, audition technique, preparing an audition song, trade discussions and other know-how.  Special opportunities include taking headshots, becoming acquainted with dance agencies and being showcased in our annual show. Past participants have had the opportunity to gain additional performance experience in film, video and live productions. Workshops may be open to other students.

EDGE is the host for this amazing opportunity presented by The Dance Fund. Created in 1988 by Randy Allaire and Bill Prudich over 550 dancers are among a select group who have participated in this opportunity. Participants include Laney Filuk, Lisa Coppola-Lindholm, Gil Duldulao, RJ Durell, Shawnette Heard, Bobby Newberry, Tracy Phillips, Becca Sweitzer, Malaya, Adam Parson, Nancy Anderson, Liana Blackburn, Khasan Brailsford, Hannah Douglass, Kelli Erdmann, KC Monnie, Jasmine Perri, Brittany Russell, Michael Stein, Dani Vitale, Charlie Williams, and many others. Allaire and Prudich continue to direct the program working closely with the participants.

The program is avocational.Itís not vocational, accredited or part of a curriculum. It is not graded and does not issue a degree, academic credit or certification associated with an academic or vocational school.  It does not guarantee professional representation or employment.

The Dance Fund

Founded in 2005 by Randy Allaire, Carol Connors and Bill Prudich, The Dance Fund provides educational and scholarship opportunities, professional development, and fiscal sponsorship to dancers, choreographers, and dance companies.  The Dance Fund also engages with various organizations in the community to provide meaningful programs to youth as well as other social and cultural communities.  

The Dance Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support to and benefit the Los Angeles dance community, engage in meaningful community programming, and promote the mental and physical benefits of dance.



Partial list of scholarship participants and their experiences. We're proud to be a part of their journey. Please note: we do not guarantee employment or representation.


Gil Duldulao

Janet Jackson, Britney Spears

RJ Durell  

Madonna, American Idol, Katy Perry, Iron Man, Pink, Superbowl 2015

Shawnette Heard

Janet Jackson, Tweet, MTV's Becoming

Caty Jean  

Líeffluer des sens (Director)

Jason Myhre

Rihanna, NíSYNC, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Anastacia

Bobby Newberry

Pussycat Dolls, Girlicious

Tracy Phillips

American Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, Rhianna, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Covergirl, Kmart

Becca Sweitzer

Hart of Dixie, Raphael Saadig, Scissor Sisters, The Goldbergs


Lisa Coppola

Co-founder, Principal and Agent, Go 2 Talent Agency

Laney Filuk

Co-founder, Principal and Agent, BLOC Talent Agency


Marissa Munoz

Founder, Principal and Director, M Casting -- Old Navy, Gap (Dance)


Blake Angier

Malaya Ho

Elizabeth Petrin

Dani Vitale

Liana Blackburn

Tiffany Leise Taskey

Aury Reitz

Michelle Vrakelos

Dom Chaiduang

Chelsea Michener

Claude Racine

Christina Woodard

Lisa Eaton

KC Monnie

Gregg Russell


Kyle Hill Bobby Newberry

Sarah Smith


Scott Hislop

Adam Parson

Becca Sweitzer



Samantha Abrantes

Paris Disney

McKenzie Anderson

Glee, X Factor, Chrysler, Bunheads, UGGS, Toms

Nancy Anderson

Justin Timberlake (tour), Christina Aguilera (tour), Britney Spears (tour), Gap

Tim Anderson

Wicked (tour), The Color Purple (NY), 9 to 5 (original cast), Reba McIntire

Alyx Andrushuk

American Music Awards, Selena Gomez, Target, Carly Rae Jepsen

Chad Azadan

River North Company, Celine Dion

Liana Blackburn

Britney Spears, Viva Laughlin, Chris Angelís Believe

Lindsay Blaufarb

Beat Freaks (Americaís Next Best Dance Crew)

Khasan Brailsford

Beyonce, Pink

Zac Brazenas

Celine Dion World Tour, Britney Spears

Dominic Chaiduang

Celine Dion (tour), Paul McCartney (tour), Wicked (tour)

Lexi Contursi

Katy Perry, X Factor, Glee, Taylor Swift, Laguna Beach, Ted 2

Jessica Cropper

Benjamin Button (Cate Blanchett dance double), Glee, CSI

Tiffany Daniels

The Color Purple (tour), Gangster Squad, Kelly Clarkson, The X Factor

Audrey Douglass

Radio City Rockettes, Beyonce, VMA's, L.A. Opera (La Traviata), The Question

Hannah Douglass

Beyonce, Glee, Footloose, Iron Man 2, Britney Spears, Seal

RJ Durell

Cher (tour), Macy Grey, Destiny's Child, Movin' Out (tour)

Kelli Erdmann

Glee, Wicked, Victorious, Samsung, Reebok, Daft Punk

Reshma Gajjar

Madonna (tour), VH1 Hit The Floor

Molly Gosline

Beyonce, My Chemical Romance

Zachary Hensler

Aida (tour), Wicked (LA, tour)

Stephen Hernandez

Newies, LA Phil, American Airlines, Shaping Sounds, 90210

Kyle Hill

Glee, Wicked (Broadway and tour)

Scott Hislop

Ted 2, Benjamin Button, Spiderman, Titanic, Charlie's Angels

Yayoi Ito

Rockettes, Wayne Brady Show, Anastacia (tour)

Casey Johansen

Lady Gaga, Academy Awards, Glee, Ted 2, Ford, Subway, MTV Movie Awards

Keith Kool

L.A. Opera, Contact (LA, tour), Fiddler On The Roof (NY)

Taeok Lee

Taylor Swift Tour, American Music Awards, Grammys

Shanna Lord

Cirque du Soliel, Anastacia

Kandis Mak 

Bette Midler, The Showgirl Must Go On, Ellen DeGeneres Show

Nikki Medrano

Emmy Awards, Janelle Monae, BET Awards, American Idol

Ragon Miller

Chris Brown, Dancing with the Stars, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, VMAís

Marvin Milora

Justin Bieber, Cheetah Girls (tour), Britney Spears

KC Monnie

Teen Beach Movie, Dancing with the Stars, Glee, Fame, American idol

Preston Mui

Mariah Carey (tour), Paulina Rubio (tour)

Michael Munday

Glee, Ted 2

Shelby Rabara 

GLEE, Limelight (TV pilots)

Julie Schmid

The Mindy Project, Katy Perry, Switched at Birth, 90210, Kelly Clarkson

Logan Schyvynck

Kesha (tour), Chris Angelís Believe

Rachele Smith

Center Stage 2 (lead), Bring it On 5 (lead)

Sarah Smith

Britney Spears, Austin Powers 1, 2 & 3, CSI Miami, Batman

Michael Stein

Britney Spears, Glee, Kylie Minogue, Cee Lo Green, American Idol

Jon Stotlar

Paris Disney, Tokyo Disney

Becca Sweitzer

Hairspray (film), Christina Aguilera, Tropic Thunder

Victor Tang


Ryan Thomas

Queen Latifah Cover Girl campaign

Addie Yungmee

The Gymnast (lead), Madonna (tour), Celine Dion (tour), Cher (tour)

Austin Westbay

Kesha (tour), Hysterica Dance Company

Charlie Williams

Sound of Music live, Tony Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Awards, America's Got Talent, Memphis (OBC)

Dani Vitale

Glee, Beyonce, Shake It Up, The Voice, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Grammys



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