The Dream to Dance Foundation was created by a member of the Melrose Dance Academy's Senior Competition Dance Team, Cali Lapenta. Cali was 16 years old and a junior at Saint Joseph Preparatory High School when she started the Foundation. She has danced at Melrose Dance Academy since the age of 2 and has been the captain
of her team since 2013. With the help of her dance teacher, Amanda Bruno, Cali was able to start this foundation. The Foundation is now in its third year! In May of 2017, Cali was featured as Channel 7 News' Class Act for her work with the Dream to Dance Foundation. The full story can be found at
Cali graduated from high school in 2017 and is currently pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Dream to Dance Foundation is dedicated to giving deserving children the amazing opportunity to take a year of dance classes, build confidence, and learn the basics of dance. The Foundation allows children to live out their dreams of dancing!
Location: Melrose, Malden, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Reading
Must complete and return application
Click Here to download Application
The child who fits all the requirements and, who we feel best deserves this opportunity, will be given:
o 2 classes of the child's choice valued at $810
o These classes can be chosen from the existing schedule
o The necessary dance shoes valued at $150
o The necessary dance clothes valued at $100
o 2 dance costumes valued at $170
o 1 Recital T-Shirt valued at $25
o 2 Recital Tickets valued at $50
o Any other tickets must be bought
o Total Value: $1,305
This scholarship is only active for one year. The previous year's applicant can reapply but will not automatically receive the scholarship. This only goes to one child a year.
The application must be received by Melrose Dance Academy by August 1st. The winner will be announced August 5th. Contact us
Studio number: 1-781-665-6993
Foundation Director: 1-781-535-4499
466 Franklin St., Melrose, MA 02176