Waking Persephone Festival

In November of 2011, the bellydance community was hit by the tragic loss of Jeniviva Mia.  Jeniviva was a vivacious presence in the New York City bellydance scene, and a prominent pioneer of Gothic Fusion. Not only was she multi-talented as a dancer and artisan, but she truly was a beautiful soul.  She was an inspiration to her students, friends, and many more who never had a chance to meet her.

In honor of her memory, Waking Persephone has set up a scholarship. It is designed for a dancer in the beginning of their dance studies, who is active in their community, and otherwise would not be financially able to attend Waking Persephone. If you feel that you fit all three of these requirements, we would like to invite you to apply for this scholarship.


The recipient of the scholarship will receive The Whole Pomegranate Package (valued at over $300), a potential performance invitation, and an option for local housing during the event.  Applicants should budget to cover their food and travel expenses.  The recipient will be chosen by a panel of WP teachers and staff.

Our 2016 winner has been announced!!!

In order to be considered by our panel, you must submit:

1) 500-750 word essay in response to the prompt below in text or .doc format.

2) 3-5 minute video of you performing all original work (may be critiqued by teacher but may contain none of their choreography)

3) 2-3 minute video with a personal statement about your dancing and role in the community

4) Letter of recommendation from a teacher or troupe leader with whom you work at least semi-regularly. (not superstar X with whom you took a workshop once or twice)
5) Submit all of this (links are fine for the videos) to wakingpersephonedance(at)gmail.com with "Scholarship Application" in the title by June 1st. The letter of recommendation can be sent separately as well, but should still include the subject title of "Scholar Application" plus your name.

The Prompt:

Tell us about how and when you discovered bellydance, how has it changed your life, and what does it mean to you personally? If you receive this scholarship, how will it benefit you personally and how will it benefit your community-- how will you use your knowledge?


The Jeniviva Mia Memorial Scholarship

Photography by The Dancer's Eye
Art & Design by Owlkeyme Arts