Florrie Sinclair Memorial Award

A Memorial Award has been founded in memory of Scottish teacher and examiner Florrie Sinclair.

It will be available to Scottish students who wish to pursue a career in either dance teaching or performing. Florrie was a well-known teacher and examiner amongst the RAD community worldwide.

About Florrie Sinclair

Florrie was born and raised in Orkney and regularly travelled between Orkney and the mainland to train at the Marjorie Middleton School in Edinburgh. She relocated to Singapore in the 1950s where she taught, examined and also worked for the RAD. She returned to Scotland in the 1980s where she continued to teach free-lance and examine world-wide. Over the years she taught many eminent dancers and teachers. She was a lady who was well loved and respected. A great lover of travel herself, the award has been set up to support all aspects of travel for young people studying dance at Vocational level within the UK.

Award Details

The award provides a bursary up to the value of £1500 to talented Scottish-born students who have been accepted or are studying at a vocational ballet or contemporary school or course in Britain. Applications will be live between May and June of each year with funding awarded in September of the applying year. The award should be used to fund travel and dance wear/uniform: travel expenses between home and school, term time travel between lodgings and school, dance wear/uniform for regular classes.

The Florrie Sinclair Memorial Award Fund is administered by the Princes Exchange Foundation (SC030452). Their address is: Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9EE.

Application Criteria

  • Born in Scotland.
  • Has resided and been trained in Scotland for a period of at least three years, having been trained by a RAD teacher working in Scotland.
  • Age: 16 -21 years as of 31st August in the applying year.
  • Qualifications: Attained Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Foundation or above.
  • Training: Attending or has been accepted into one of the vocational schools as detailed in the application form.

Awarding Criteria

Demonstration of need for financial assistance, outstanding dance talent and commitment to personal development. On-going support will be subject to satisfactory reports from the school, and a brief update from the pupil, each July.

How to Apply

Complete the application form, found at the bottom of this page and include:

  • A copy of the confirmation of acceptance of your place at Vocational School.
  • Two references (one of whom should be your RAD dance teacher).
  • Two dance photographs of yourself.

The next Florrie Sinclair Memorial Awards for new applicants will be in the summer of 2025 and details will be available in spring 2025.