BAX is 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 tuition subsidies and/or installment plans for our Youth Education Classes (ages 1-18) and our School Breaks & Summer Arts Programs based on an honor system of your self-expressed need. We do not require financial documentation.

By making an offer of financial assistance, BAX is making a significant commitment to your family, and we expect that your family is likewise making a commitment to BAX and to your child’s full participation. Financial assistance families are periodically asked to volunteer for projects, bake sales, and special events.

BAX has long been committed to accessibility to our high-quality arts programming through a robust financial assistance program. As the effects of COVID-19 have shifted our programming capacity, they have in turn shifted our financial capacity. We are taking steps to continue in our mission of accessibility, and ask you to please take the time to review the following changes. We understand and firmly believe that now, more than ever, the arts need to remain accessible to all communities. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Youth Education and Early Childhood Classes 

Applications for financial assistance beyond 40% will open on Friday, July 23rd. To apply, please fill out this Financial Assistance Application

We are offering the following levels of financial assistance: 60%, 75%, and 90% subsidy, along with extended payment plans and reduced deposits. As always, we offer financial assistance based on a system of self-expressed need and we do not require any financial documentation. 

A limited number of full (100%) scholarships will be available. To be considered for a full scholarship you will be asked to submit a statement of need & interest, in addition to your general application. This statement should express why and how you will benefit from BAX programming and serve as an introduction to your family (especially for new families). It need not be formal, i.e. it can be written as a bullet point list or submitted as an audio message (whatever form is accessible to you).

Información del Otoño 2021

La solicitud para asistencia financiera más del 40% abrirá el viernes, 23 de julio. Para entregar su solicitud, favor de llenar esta Solicitud de Asistencia Financiera. 

Estamos ofreciendo los siguientes niveles de asistencia financiera: 60%, 75%, 90%, además de planes de pago extendidos y depósitos reducidos. Como siempre, ofrecemos asistencia financiera basado en un sistema de confianza en la necesidad que usted exprese (no requerimos documentación financiera).

Un número limitado de becas completas (100%) estará disponible. Para ser considerado para una beca completa, le pedimos que entregue una afirmación de interés y necesidad además de su solicitud. Esta declaración no tiene que ser formal, por ejemplo puede ser escrita como una lista o entregada por un mensaje audio (cualquier forma le sirve más asequiblemente). Lo más importante es que esta declaración debe expresar por qué y cómo su familia se beneficiará de la programación de BAX y sirve como una introducción a su familia (especialmente para las familias nuevas).

Summer Arts Program 2021 

BAX is committed to offering high-quality and accessible arts programs for all. As such, our 2021 Summer Arts Program tuition is priced at three tiers, which includes sliding scale subsidies so that each family can assess the price that works best for their household. This is based on an honor system of your-expressed-need (we do not require financial documentation). Installment plans are available, and you can elect to enroll in one during online registration. By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families.

Click HERE to register via the three public tiers online. 

At this time, we do not have financial assistance available beyond the tiered pricing listed above. You are welcome to submit a request for additional financial assistance which we will take under consideration if our capacity changes and we are able to extend greater aid. To make a request, please fill out a request form online HERE. Please note that submission of a request form does not guarantee an offer of additional financial assistance.


Donate to the Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund

If you would like to make a contribution towards The Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund, please contact Vanessa Adato, Senior Finance and Development Director, at or (718) 832-0018 or click below.


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.