In 2017, the bluesSHOUT! board decided to create an annual scholarship program in an effort to give back to local scenes. Staff are asked to to nominate someone who would benefit from a free pass to that year's event. We seek excited newbies, scene builders, and people with competitor/performer/teacher potential.

Each scholarship recipient is selected because of their love of blues dance and how they show their dedication as a member of the dance community.

bluesSHOUT! Rising Star Scholarship Recipients

2018 Recipients

  • Kanda Faye - Boston, MA
  • Paris Ashley - Philadelphia, PA
  • Matthew (Mattias) Tsunami - San Francisco, CA

2017 Recipients

  • Daniel Edens - Austin, TX
  • Jonathan Henderson - DC/MD/VA
  • Jeramy Garner - Austin, TX
  • Illyana Runnels - Austin, TX
  • Ellie Koepplinger- San Francisco and Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jenn Martinez - Boston, MA


“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.” -Shonda Rhimes