Welcome to the Silton Foundation

The Silton Foundation proudly gives 2 grants annually to 6 deserving dancers – to help benefit dancers who are passionate about West Coast Swing.

This Foundation is designed to promote the education and advancement of West Coast Swing dancers. Founded in 2014, the foundation annually awards:

  • The West Coast WCS Scholarship: to one male and one female dancer residing in California, Oregon, or Washington (as well as a runner’s up award for each gender)
  • The National WCS Scholarship: to one male and one female dancer living in the United States.

Grant winners will request funds during the year for payment for dance academics and conventions. Funds will be paid directly to the provider of services (i.e. teacher, choreographer, dance convention). The funds are to be used at the discretion of the grant winner*. All monies granted must be used within the scope of West Coast Swing within the calendar year, and 50% of funding must be used towards dance education. All event tickets awarded in the grant are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Applicants must:

  • be a legal US resident.
  • be at least 18 years of age.
  • demonstrate significant financial need

This grant is for either social dancers or competitors. Applicants can be at any or no competitive level for West Coast Swing.

*with authorization from the Silton Foundation Board.

**at least 50% of funds must go towards dance education in the form of lessons (private or groups)