the dust palace scholarship program



The Dust Palace Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for young people aged 10 to 24 with limited resources to access training in the circus arts. The scholarship covers fees for one years’ tuition at the Dust Palace School. It is only possible thanks to the generosity of some amazing patrons!!

The first two years of the program have been a great success and now our third cohort, 2017/8, are working towards the culmination of their year with their showcase on July 22nd 2017.

Circus is an amazing tool for self-development, awareness, motivation, communication skills, confidence, coordination and strength. Our scholarship students gain all this plus a deep sense of community with their circus peers.

2018/19 Scholarship Program Auditions

14th July 2018

Sessions at 10am and 11:30am

scholarship SHOWCASE 2018


The students of the 2017-2018 Dust Palace scholarship program bring you "Concrete Self", a collaborative devised work.

A journey towards discovering our authentic self. How are we affected by environment, relationships and experiences.

When do we feel safe to be our true selves? You never know what is happening beneath the surface...

Come and support these hard working students at the end of this amazing year's journey.


2016/17 Scholarship Showcase - the tHread that ties us

The 2016/17 Scholarship Showcase was a brilliant success! Each student shone in their own way and presenting work that was authentic to them. There were many tears at their final class but for all of them the journey will continue!


As a patron, your contribution to the program will enable a student to receive a year's worth of free tuition in circus arts and become a mini super-human!

But it goes beyond that, as evidenced by the success of the first three years (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) of the program. Past recipients have developed exponentially in their skills, knowledge and confidence in circus aerials over their one year of training. They have gained skills in performance and performance creation. They have all pushed their boundaries both physically and psychologically. They have gained friends and become part of a strong community group.

Becoming a patron and funding tuition for a young person is not only a win for the student themself, but is also a win for the entire circus community of Auckland - by supporting and enabling the dedication and passion of these students, circus in Auckland is invigorated and growing!


The Dust Palace Scholarship Recipients 2018/9:

Ana Snjegota, Anna Tomilova, Clara Bonatto, Danon Driscoll, Jaihoon Bayangar, Michaela Tudor, Salome Grace, Trinity Young & Zivanna-lee Holt.

The Dust Palace Scholarship Recipients 2017/8:

Ali Al-Chalabi, Amy McGrath, Dominique Bela, Freddy Carr, Georgie Miles, Ian Dawson, Jaida Bing, Kayla Gear, Lomina Aritia, Mary Piggin, Maya Leonard, Natasha H’ng & Sacha Wilson.

The Dust Palace Scholarship Recipients 2016/7:

Alyshia Harper, Amber Jackson, Angel Jacobson, Daniel Elias, Isabella Finan-Jenkin, Janet Van, Keara-Brooke Tyler, Lisa Anderton, Lisa Schady, Madi Macleod & Paige Skinner.

The Dust Palace Scholarship Recipients 2015/6:

Alex Garkavenko, Angelo Cruzat, Anya Wood, Connor Leech, Elsa McCormick, Grace Clark, Grace Hobson, Kaitlyn Parry, Katelyn Reed, Kylah Glover, Lya Solle, Mino Hafoka & Yama Kober.

The Dust Palace Scholarship Recipients 2014/5:

Quinn Vale, Lili Hanson, Ellie May Marshall, Rhiana Jellick, Rana Hamida, Aya Al-Chalabi, Connor Clarken, Jacinta Newman, Harrison Adams, Hana Mayo, Alexa Kennedy & Lauren Cavanagh.


The Dust Palace TRUST would like to thank all our amazing patrons for their support of the scholarship program since its inception in 2004.

The 2017/18 Dust Palace Scholarship Program is supported by the fabulous wedding guests of David & Hannah! And also: