Scholarships & Sponsorships

Giving back to the Community

2013-2014 APPLICATIONS are now closed! Deadline was Jan 30 2014 11:59 PM EST. Please check back next year.

TheRussianTiger, Jeffrey Vinokur, started dancing in 2007 and founded this website in 2009 to help pay for his enrollment as a Biochemistry student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After one year of working hard to create easy-to-follow popping instructionals, and strong support from his YouTube fans, TheRussianTiger has been able to help support himself through college and wants to give back to YOU! Four different scholarships and sponsorships are available: There is no age limit, no country limitation, and no purchase necessary — apply today!


TheRussianTiger College Scholarship

Amount: $500

This award is for a high school student entering college or an enrolled college student who is passionate about dancing and is pursuing a career in a field outside of dance. TheRussianTiger is a passionate dancer, but is pursuing a career as a research scientist. Application is completed through the form below and phone interview. Show what you are passionate about and TheRussianTiger might help pay for your education!

Number of awards given out: 1
Application deadline: Jan 30, 2014

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Event Sponsorship

Amount: $250

This sponsorship is designed to support dance events: mainly battles, showcases, and workshops but not limited to those. Event must have popping battles or a popping showcase. It is mainly intended to help with the costs of first-year events with the hopes that admission revenue from the first year will cover the upfront costs of the second year. This sponsorship will also support established recurring events as long as a need is demonstrated. (Breaking events that feature popping battles are also considered.)

Number of awards given out: 2
Application deadline: Jan 30, 2014

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Dance Crew Sponsorship

Amount: $250

This sponsorship award is for a dance crew in need of financial help. The money in this sponsorship can go to paying for practice space in a studio, putting on a showcase event, crew shirts, etc. Application is by YouTube video and written application. Decisions are need based and not skill based. Crews receiving the sponsorship are required to give back to the community by doing a free workshop.

Number of awards given out: 1
Application deadline: Jan 30, 2014

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Unique Styles YouTube Sponsorship

Amount: $250

This sponsorship is designed to provide world wide access to unique dance styles such as LOCKING, HOUSE, and WHAACKING. YouTube has many popping videos, but any unique dance styles such as HOUSE, LOCKING, and WHAACKING have very little to no instruction available online. This sponsorship is an incentive for qualified dancers to post basic tutorials on YouTube in a rare dance style. Highest priority styles are for WHAACKING and LOCKING. All other styles are also considered and encouraged! Application is completed by submitting a video of yourself dancing the style and a 2 minute teaching example.

Number of awards given out: 1
Application deadline: Jan 30, 2014

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Past Scholarship & Sponsorship Recipients:


College: Sophia Lavonne

Amount: $500
College: Luisinho Alvarado

Amount: $250
College: Deltin Sejour

Amount: $500
Event: Kings War II

Amount: $125
Event: Super Dope Funk Explosion

Amount: $125
Event: 5 Elements

Amount: $100
Event: Ella Rosewood – 2nd Skin

Amount: $250
YouTube: Jardy Santiago (House)

Amount: $250
College: Naheel Jawaid

Amount: $250
No purchase necessary, no age limit, and applicants can be from any country. The only people that cannot apply are those that received awards in 2011 or 2012, and people that are personal friends with TheRussianTiger. If you have questions or suggestions, please click “Contact” at the top of the page. Good luck to all applicants!