Alyssia's Dream

A Non-For-Profit -501(c)3- organization that helps to provide ballet
scholarships for young girls of color.




Ballet is one of the most beautiful forms of art. Ballet takes dedication, commitment and true talent. Ballet dancers are well respected and are admired for the years of hard work that it takes to become a professional ballet dancer. In recent years there has been a strong effort to encourage girls of color to participate in ballet programs. Unfortunately, for many of these families it is not financially feasible to enroll their children in a credible ballet program in Chicago. There is a limitation of resources and support for young  dancers of color to be able to fully obtain professional success in the world of ballet. To help give the opportunity to young girls who share a common dream of becoming a ballerina, Alyssia Duda, is launching ALYSSIA'S DREAM. Alyssia's Dream is a fund raising campaign to help provide scholarships to deserving girls. Alyssia's Dream began when she mistakely learned how much her tuition is to take ballet lessons. She went to her parents and told them she had to do something to help them and others. For more than a year Alyssia has dreamed of sharing her love for ballet with other girls. She has a passion to be an inspiration to aspiring dancers.

Alyssia's Statement

Alyssia’s Dream Scholarship Program

Qualifications and Requirements

Qualifications and Requirements

When to Apply

I began my love for ballet at the age of three.  As I grew so did my desire to become a professional ballerina.  When I dance I feel like I am in another place. I feel like I am dancing in heaven.  It is my passion, it is my world. I cannot imagine life without it. I know there are a lot of other girls that feel the same way too.  Unfortunately, some cannot follow their dreams because of the cost of training.  I do not believe that the cost of something should stop anyone from pursuing their passion.                                

That's why I created Alyssia's Dream.  It is my way of helping other ballerinas to pursue their goals of becoming dancers. It is my dream to give others a fair chance to fulfill their dreams. So many girls have  to stop dancing or cannot even begin the training at all because of the financial burdens that can come with ballet. From classes, to ballet dance wear, to lessons, it is all a lot for parents. I am going through this myself with my mom who tries so hard to make sure I get to do what I love the most. I want all ballerinas to have everything they need to become successful dancers.  It is my hope that Alyssia's Dream will not only help lift the burden of training cost for others but for my parents as well.

The annual Alyssia’s Dream Scholarship program is created for girls 10 to 16 and consists of two scholarships categories. The Alyssia’s Dream, Dream Scholarship and The Alyssia’s Dream, Community Engagement Scholarship.

*The scholarships are open to U.S residents only.

The Dream Scholarship

The Alyssia’s Dream, Dream Scholarship is awarded to benefit qualifying young girls of color, that are in need of financial support, who desire to continue their dance education and pursue their dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer.  

*The applicant must be enrolled in a pre-professional program at their home studio*


Community Engagement Scholarship

The Alyssia’s Dream, Community Engagement Scholarship will be awarded to qualifying young girls of color in under-served communities who desire to explore the art of ballet.



How to become a part of Alyssia's Dream


Partnerships and Supporters

This is an amazing opportunity for you to help Alyssia's Dream come true. Please email AlyssiasDream@AlyssiaDuda.com to request more information or click the button below to make your donation today!


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