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BAX in a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality accessible arts education programming to all families regardless of financial means.

We provide financial assistance in the form of subsidies up to 75% and/or installment plans. This application process is based on an honor system of your-self-expressed need. We do not require financial documentation.

Our capacity to provide full financial assistance (or any amount greater than 75%) is more limited. Such scholarships are available through our Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund. The fund, which was established in 2016 with the goal of doubling our financial assistance support, is named in honor of one of our earliest teaching artists – Dani Nikas – who died in 2001.

Please submit all your materials together when registering for classes at the beginning of the semester/trimester. You will be contacted in regard to the status of your application within 10 days of your submission. Please feel free to contact or 718.832.0018 with any questions.

Financial assistance families are periodically asked to volunteer for projects, bake sales, and special events.

Subsidized Installment Plans

To apply for subsidized tuition and/or an installment plan, please complete the appropriate online form below. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.) Families applying for financial assistance are asked to select the subsidy level they need in order to attend BAX, as we aim to match a family’s request whenever possible. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and there is no one factor that disqualifies families from receiving financial assistance. Once submitted, your application acts as a deposit to hold your child’s spot in your requested class(es) while your application is processed.

Families wishing to receive financial assistance must submit a new application for financial aid each time they register a student for class. If you are re-registering a student in class they currently take, and if none of your financial information has changed, you may complete an application for extension of financial assistance in lieu of a new application.

Families requesting a subsidy of 75% (or more) will need to meet with our Education Director, Lucia Scheckner, before accepting an offer of assistance.

Click on the links below to download the financial aid application for the program your family is interested in:

Youth Classes Financial Aid Application (After School and Saturday Classes)

School Breaks Financial Aid Application (President’s Week/Spring Break Arts Program and Spring Break Master Classes)

Summer Arts Program Financial Aid Application

Dani Nikas Scholarships

If you would like to apply for a subsidy greater than 75% or full financial assistance, please fill out the appropriate financial aid form for the program of interest  (see above) and with it include a thoughtful, detailed letter that clearly addresses the following information:

  • Your child’s interest in the performing arts
  • How the particular class(es) your child plans to take at BAX will serve as an enrichment (Why BAX? Why this particular class?)
  • Your commitment to the class(es) that your child is planning to take (attendance, participation, etc.)

Letters can be submitted to our Education Assistant, Christie Love Santiago, at (If writing a letter is not possible, families can alternatively meet directly with our Education Director.)

Please note that the number of full financial assistance scholarships awarded each year does vary depending on funding

Donate to the Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund 

If you would like to make a contribution towards financial assistance, please contact Vanessa Adato, Managing Director, at or (718) 832-0018 or visit


BAX celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new initiative: The Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund that will double the amount of our scholarships that support young artists to $100,000.

Dani Athena Nikas was a dancer, choreographer, and a treasured BAX faculty member. Before she died in 2001 she spoke passionately about how important dance and young people were to her. Dani provided a truly meaningful learning process for her students that went far beyond dance. Totally in sync with BAX values, she incorporated politics, relationships, history and spirituality throughout her life and work. She was an inspiration to her colleagues, her students and her friends. She would be very proud and honored to know that part of her legacy lives on and would be especially pleased to know that financial hardship would not be an obstacle.

At BAX, and with Dani as our inspiration, we are committed to raising a generation of people who are unafraid to ask tough questions about race, class, gender, identity and justice and create boldly. And we need them to do so with understanding, with complexity, with openness, and with love. That is what drives us all at BAX. So for us — and we hope for you — it all starts with supporting young artists.