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Ann Reinking Scholarship Program

The Ann Reinking Scholarship awards $5000 to an aspiring dancer (ages 18 to 22) seeking to move to NYC to accomplish BIG dreams of professional employment in the BIG Apple! It creates a legacy for Annie’s humanity, love, and artistry as a dancer, choreographer, and generous mentor to the next generation of artists.

Inclusivity and accessibility are paramount to Off The Lane and the Ann Reinking Scholarship, and is open to a dancer of any race, gender, and ethnicity.

Inspired by Annie’s own story of relocating to New York with little more than a dream, the Scholarship provides a monetary grant with a designated mentor plus an introduction to a network of industry professionals for a leg up in the business. The Scholarship winner will be announced on November 8th, 2021 at the Empower Artist Fundraiser.


The Joy is in the Work.  – Ann Reinking

This candle has been inspired and created to honor the legacy of Ann Reinking; her talent, her heart, and her passion for mentoring. Developed by Annie’s loved ones in collaboration with Timothy Jay Candles. The majority of the proceeds go towards the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program.

Fragrances of rose, orange blossom, mimosa and other powdery florals to project Ann’s eternal light and JOY!


Scholarship Requirements: 

  • Ages 18-22
  • Highly Proficient in Dance
  • Ready to Launch their Dance and/or Theatrical Career in NYC
  • Video Submission
  • Proof of Financial Need
  • Eligible to Live & Work in the US

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & FAQ: Please review the requirements page thoroughly to ensure eligibility.

*Application requirements aim to give a holistic look at applicants and their readiness to launch their career in NYC. 


Thank you for your interest in applying for the Ann Reinking Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, you have missed the deadline and we are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 award. Click here to join the Off The Lane mailing list to stay up to date on all of our programming, including next year’s Ann Reinking Scholarship Application Dates! We look forward to connecting with you! 

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Friends of Annie

Our hope is that through the Friends of Annie Series, we can emphasize the impact Ann had on her community and create a living legacy of memories in her honor. Click images to view full blog and video clips of those who were touched by Annie!

Advisory Board

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

Your support means the world to us as we continue the legacy of Ann Reinking and support young aspiring dancers on a path to success.