Ann Reinking Scholarship Program Launches

As of last Monday, May 3, the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program has officially opened applications! We are thrilled to host this program that helps continue Ann’s legacy and cultivate the next generation of talented dancers. A $5,000 grant will be awarded each year to an early career dancer looking to move to New York City to continue their professional career. With this opportunity, we are able to further our mission of helping young artists transition into thriving professionals — this time with a specific focus area and a curated network of professionals in the dance world.


Open May 3, 2021 – June 30, 2021

The winner is expected to be announced in November 2021 at our Empower Artists Fundraiser. The key elements that applicants must prepare are a video of them dancing, a video answering an interview question, their headshot, resume, and a letter of recommendation.




Aside from monetary support, Off The Lane is also offering the following resources to scholarship winners:

  • Pairing with a Mentor for curated sessions for their first (3) months in the city
  • Industry connections, as selected by the Ann Reinking Advisory Board
  • Access to Off The Lane’s Community Resource Guide
  • Off The Lane’s Partnership Discounts
  • Off The Lane’s Community Networking Events


Ann Reinking moved to New York as a young dancer with little money in her pocket and very big aspirations. With dedication and hard work, she went on to create an amazing career for herself not only as a dancer, but choreographer as well, working with the likes of Robert Joffrey, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and starring in Chicago and Sweet Charity, among many others. She won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for her work on the 1996 revival of Chicago, which is currently still running on Broadway and set to reopen in September 2021.

“I believe Annie would have loved having her name on the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program. Like so many young dancers coming to New York, she struggled to find a foothold in a strange city. Short of money and friends, Annie persevered and found her way forward, thanks to some helping hands. This program will offer others following in her footsteps that helping hand, to ensure that they can succeed in their desire to make it on Broadway. That’s a legacy worthy of her name and reputation.” — Peter Talbert, Ann’s Husband

Ann’s passion for dance shined through all of her performances and choreography. We will always remember her dedication and artistry and are thrilled to be carrying on her legacy through this program.

Click play to watch her in action as Grace Farrell in the 1982 movie Annie!


Consider donating to the scholarship fund to help support aspiring dancers achieve their dreams in NYC!



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From curating mentorship opportunities on the Advisory Board to divvying up responsibilities on the Application & Adjudication Committee and Fundraising Committees, we are beyond grateful to have the following talented and seasoned artists dedicating their time to support this budding program:

Advisory Board Chair: Mindy Cooper

Application & Adjudication Committee

Chair: Bonnie Oda Homsey

Gregory Butler

Caitlin Carter

Dylis Croman

William Whitener

Fundraising Committee

Chair: Caitlin Carter

Gregory Butler

Marilu Henner

Bebe Neuwirth

William Whitener