Scholarship Programs

Each year, approximately 100 extraordinarily motivated children from the In-School Program are provided with full scholarships to engage in advanced training outside of school. Children from all corners of Indianapolis come together to work as an ensemble, celebrating each other’s achievements and forming lifelong bonds.  KDO’s multi-year continuum of advanced training includes the SWAT Team and the X-Team.


KDO’s SWAT Team (Students Winning Attitudes Team) is composed of over 75 dancers invited from KDO’s In-School Program each year. Students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding focus, dedication, willingness to try, leadership, and joy in the KDO programs are invited to join KDO’s SWAT Team. SWAT dancers gather for intensive instruction every Saturday from August through May. All SWAT dancers learn complex choreography and participate in the Event of the Year, a performance featuring original choreography, live music, and professionally designed sets, costumes, and lighting.


Exceptionally achieving dancers are invited to join KDO’s X-Team, a semi-professional performance ensemble. In addition to participating in our annual Event of the Year, these dancers perform throughout the year at numerous events and venues. Past performances include: SPOTLIGHT at Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis City Ballet Gala, The Nutcracker with Ballet Theatre of Carmel, Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration, Start With Art, Arts Education Partnership Conference, and Juneteenth Celebration at the Eiteljorg Museum.