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Covenant Ballet Theatre provides limited Scholarship Opportunities for students. The Academy understands that not every family has the resources to send its children to receive quality dance training. Therefore, Covenant Ballet has established scholarships to benefit talented but underrepresented students. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, potential and/or financial need. All scholarship applicants must attend classes for the 10-month training program. All scholarship recipients meet with CBT's Artistic Director and ballet instructors for mid-term meetings and are required to participate in end-of-year assessments.

Scholarships are open for applications until October 1, 2022

For more information and to apply, call (718) 891-6199 or email info@covenantballet.org. 




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Joann Ogawa Scholarship

The Joann Ogawa Scholarship was established in 2022 to honor the memory of dancer JoAnn “JoJo” Ogawa, who passed away on February 12, 2021 at age 74. This is a full or partial tuition scholarship which is awarded based on merit, charisma, and perseverence.


Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, JoJo began her ballet training with Reiko Oda and later with Josephine Flanders at the Punahou Dance School. After performing at the Honolulu Community Theatre, she was bitten hard by the show business bug. At 18, she left the islands for Los Angeles and soon began performing in supper clubs and on television shows—most notably, the Ed Sullivan and Dick Van Dyke shows. She eventually made her way to the Great White Way, where for ten years she danced in such Broadway shows as Coco, Pippin, The Pajama Game, and The King and I. In 1976, she enjoyed the honor of receiving the Gypsy Robe— a tradition that began in 1949 among Broadway chorus dancers who passed along a special robe to a dancer when a new show was about to open.


After retiring from performing, in 1982 JoJo returned to Broadway as the dance captain for Tommy Tune’s musical, Nine. It was during her tenure as dance captain that JoJo’s young cousin, Marla Hirokawa, came to stay with her while attending a summer dance intensive in New York City, thus paving the way for Marla to eventually open CBT. 


After Nine closed, JoJo transitioned to work in the corporate sector and moved to San Clemente, California with her husband, Mike Durnin. During this time she also focused on her gifts as a fine artist, particularly in portrait paintings.


JoJo was a vibrant, talented, and beautiful woman and artist. The JoAnn Ogawa Dance Scholarship will be awarded to CBT students who display potential, passion, and express need. Her family looks forward to seeing her legacy live on through this scholarship and in the young lives it touches. 

Cinderella Scholarship


The Cinderella Scholarship is a full or partial scholarship awarded to students based on financial need, desire and potential.

Reach Scholarship


The Reach Scholarship is a partial scholarship awarded to students based on merit, discipline and commitment.

Work Study Scholarship


The Work Study Scholarship is a full or partial scholarship awarded to students age 13 and older who have displayed maturity and dedication to their dance training, and demonstrate financial need. These students assist with tasks at the Academy in administration, reception and cleaning, or serve as teaching assistants.