New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble provides tuition-based scholarships in the name of NJDTE’s founding Artistic Director Alfredo Corvino. These scholarships are both a source of financial assistance and a special recognition of the talent, excellence and commitment, evident in the aspiring dancers who receive the scholarship. 

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s mission is to provide artistic excellence in pre-professional dance education, with forward-thinking programming that empowers dancers. For over 54 years, NJDTE continues to be an innovative force in the NJ and NYC Metro area by engaging acclaimed artists, international choreographers and providing performance opportunities. NJDTE mentors and inspires dancers toward higher education and supports its alumni as professionals in the field.

Your commitment to the performing arts and your generosity are major factors in the continuing success of NJDTE. Together, we make a difference by creating a nurturing the next generation of dance artists.

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New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble                 
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Summit, New Jersey 07901

NJDTE Scholarship Recipients:

Darwin Black

First recipient of Alfredo Corvino Scholarship Fund. Received fellowship to the Ailey School and dance professionally with Sacramento Ballet, TU Dance, Oakland Ballet, Rioult Dance Theatre, Alaska Dance Theatre, Lustig Dance Theatre, Montgomery Ballet and Nimbus Dance Works, and he toured throughout Europe with Momix. and choreographs for professional companies in the United States. 

“NJDTE gave me an outlet and a healthy, safe place to go on the weekends. Getting up early on Sundays was a thrill and the best part of my week. I saw possibilities and new opportunities for myself. It was a doorway to a different world than the one I grew up in.– Darwin Black, NJDTE Alum 2006.

Conner Bormann

Received a BFA from Juilliard School. Performed with Brice Mousette, Loni Landon, Saarländisches Staatstheatre in Germany, and is currently performing and with Netherlands Dans Theatre.

I truly credit Nancy Turano for demystifying ballet for me. Feeling more comfortable in my body with ballet vocabulary helped me approach my college auditions with more confidence and presence.It is truly a testament to how valuable and enriching NJDTE is.” – Conner Bormann, NJDTE Alum 2013

Zachary Downer

Graduated from the Rock School for Dance. Awarded first place in the contemporary division of the Youth American Grand Prix and featured in “So You Think You Can Dance”. Performed with  Broadway Musical Cats, Hello Dolly, Alice By Heart and on Disney Cruise Lines.

“With the background and knowledge I received at NJDTE it made it easy to not only retain the dances I have learned for the show, but the music and the staging as well. I owe a huge thank you to Ms. Turano and NJDTE for that.” – Zachary Downer, NJDTE Alum 2014

Samuel Asher Kunzman

Graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Professional dancer with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, BH Dos and Big Muddy Dance Company. Was commissioned by NJDTE to create two new works. 

“NJDTE is a shining beacon of what pre-professional training can and should be.” – Samuel Asher Kunzman, NJDTE Alum 2011


New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your generous contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.