Ballet Arizona is the Southwest’s premiere Ballet company offering classical and contemporary ballet performances and is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new innovative works.
The Company includes a corps of 31 dancers, under the artistic direction of Ib Andersen. A year-round staff of over 20 provides administrative, production, marketing, communication, and developmental support.
Ballet Arizona’s team environment thrives on placing qualified and dedicated personnel into each team position. We welcome general inquiries and/or submission of resumes. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Current listings for Company dance auditions or staff employment opportunities are listed below, with detailed job descriptions and application procedures when appropriate.
Ballet Arizona is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Position: School Director
Supervisor: Artistic Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
The School Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the School of Ballet Arizona and is accountable to Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director. Areas of oversight include the Children’s Lower and Upper Divisions, Pre-Professional programs, Summer Intensive, and Studio Company.
Key Responsibilities Included but are Not Limited to:
- Ensure the Artistic Excellence of the School at a national level standard in training dancers for the Company, for other dance companies, and in providing quality dance instruction
- Supervise the Studio Company including rehearsals, hiring, auditions, counseling and mentoring
- Monitor the dance curriculum
- Teach and rehearse in the school a minimum of 20 hours per week
- Create schedules and design curriculum for upcoming seasons
- Ensure that all programs support the mandate of the school including:
- Artistic programs
- Academic Programs
- Career counseling
- Assist with the staging, rehearsals, and performances of School of Ballet Arizona students in School productions and Ballet Arizona productions including
- In conjunction with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, School Manager and other senior staff, create and maintain a long range planning program for the school including development and school programs
- Effectively communicate with the students, parents, artistic and administrative staff
- Engage with the Ballet Arizona Board of Directors and subcommittee related to the School of Ballet Arizona
Budgeting and Revenue Generation
- Assist and advise on grant applications and budgets as necessary
- Continually seek opportunities for increased revenue generation
- Continually seek to achieve the greatest possible cost efficiency and the most effective use of expense budget
- Work with Finance and Administration to successfully develop and achieve budget goals.
- Ensure that all communications, strategies, and actions support, protect and nurture the brand of Ballet Arizona
Service and Relationships
- Support, at the direction of the Artistic Director and staff, the Company with young artists when required and whenever possible
- Work cooperatively and communicate with artistic staff, production, development, accounting, and marketing. Ensure that highly effective service is delivered.
- Set objectives and provide feedback to staff regularly and through annual performance evaluations
- Continually develop, maintain and evaluate best operational policies of the School of Ballet Arizona through example and communication
Essential Skills and Experience:
- Experienced ballet teacher with experience in a professional ballet company
- Staff Management skills
- Project management and program planning skills
- Solid oral and written communication skills
- Team leader and team player
Reporting to this Position: School Manager, School Registrar, School Teachers, School Pianists, and ASA Dance Program Manager
Application Procedure: Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information to Human Resources, 2835 E Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 or via e-mail to HR@balletaz.org.
Full-Time Teacher - School of Ballet Arizona
Position: Teacher, School of Ballet Arizona
Supervisor: School Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reporting to and working closely with the Director of the School, the Teacher agrees to fulfill the following responsibilities in appropriate ways consistent with the established artistic standards of the Ballet Arizona.
Compensation for the Teaching Position includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
- Adhere to all company attendance policies.
- Teach dance classes as scheduled; and be available as a substitute teacher.
- Record attendance for each class, following School procedure.
- Observe School classes other than Employee’s own.
- Provide choreography for The School of Ballet Arizona, as requested by the School Director. Complete all choreography in a timely manner.
- Participate in School of Ballet Arizona as well as Ballet Arizona productions that involve School students. Included are auditions, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances.
- Attend School staff meetings as required by the School Director.
- Prepare first and second semester student evaluations. Attend related student conferences as necessary. Provide letters of recommendations as necessary.
- Participate in enrichment programs, such as leading or participating in School workshops as scheduled by the School Director.
- Be available for promotional events including but not limited to radio, television and newspaper interviews, including speaking and use of photos for publicity purposes.
- Be available for costume and ballet shoe consultations.
- Attend School parent orientation activities.
Additional Responsibilities for Teachers in the ASA Dance Program (if applicable) include the following:
- Provide an Arizona fingerprint clearance card to the ASA Dance Program Manager.
- Record attendance for each class, following ASA procedures, and follow appropriate attendance call-in procedures.
- Attend “In-Service” days on campus during the school year. First year teachers are required to attend the “New Arts Teachers” meetings. Administrative compensation rate will apply.
- Attend ASA staff meetings as scheduled by the ASA Dance Program Manager. Administrative compensation rate will apply.
- Read and respond to program update emails sent from the Dance Program Manager on a weekly basis. Contact the ASA Dance Program Manager for clarification as needed.
- Provide choreography for the ASA Dance Program, as requested by the Dance Program Manager.
- Follow required grading procedures and provide students’ grades in a timely manner in coordination with the Dance Program Manager.
Essential Skills and Experience:
• Experienced ballet teacher with several years of work experience in a professional ballet company or school of dance.
• Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information to Human Resources, 2835 E Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 or via e-mail to HR@balletaz.org.
• Application Deadline: The review of applications is ongoing. This position is open until filled.
Assistant Teacher – Adaptive Dance
JOB TITLE: Teacher for Adaptive Dance for Down Syndrome Program
DEPARTMENT: The School of Ballet Arizona
REPORTS TO: School Director
Ballet Arizona’s Adaptive Dance for Down Syndrome Program is designed to create a class environment that is sensitive to the needs of students with neurocognitive disabilities while nurturing their desire to dance. Students, ages 5-adult, can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality, and personal/social growth.
The Teacher provides direct creative movement instruction to students ages 5-7 with various neurocognitive disabilities and ensures a safe, challenging, fun, and accessible experience for the students who are part of the program. The Teacher is expected to plan and prepare lessons outside of class time and contribute his/her pedagogical and instructional expertise. The Teacher will collaborate with program staff to ensure instruction is effective and student needs are met. The Teacher will possess strong communication skills and must be willing to work directly with families and caregivers to support the needs of the students in the program. The Teacher must be available to teach on Saturdays and attend any mandatory training/orientations.
Under the supervision and direction of the School Director, the Teacher will fulfill all responsibilities as indicated below in a professional manner fully consistent with the policies and practices of Ballet Arizona and The School of Ballet Arizona.
- Implement program curriculum
- Plan weekly instruction
- Provide direct instruction to all participants that is in line with the spirit of the program, age specific, inclusive, and developmentally and culturally appropriate
- Make accommodations to ensure individual participant needs are met
- Communicate with other staff to ensure cohesive instruction
- Contribute to curriculum as applicable
- Communicate participant needs and outcomes to program staff, families, and caregivers
- Attend all relevant Ballet Arizona and School of Ballet Arizona staff and faculty meetings and teacher training seminars as scheduled
- Perform other duties as requested
There will be a total of (12) Saturday classes, split equally between the Fall and Spring sessions. Exact days and times will be determined through consensus between program staff and The School of Ballet Arizona staff.
It is highly recommended that the teacher candidate plan to shadow current program staff over the summer in June 2019 and July 2019 to observe and learn practical tools for success in working with program participants.
The teacher candidate must plan to attend a mandatory teacher training with program staff in Boston at Boston Ballet from August 3-4, 2019. Ballet Arizona will assume financial responsibility for the registration, air travel, and lodging accommodations for the teacher candidate to attend this training.
- Experience with a variety of dance styles and techniques
- Prior experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Willingness to accommodate various needs and abilities
- Enthusiasm for working with youth and a commitment to students’ growth and development through the arts
- Ability to work with program staff collaboratively to deliver curriculum
- A sensitive and caring attitude towards students and families
- Exemplary behavior management strategies and ability to effectively utilize positive reinforcement
- Knowledge of safe and effective studio practices
Based on experience.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Theresa Stack or via e-mail to HR@balletaz.org.
Open Auditions - Company
Open Auditions for Company (including trainee, apprentice & company)
Open auditions for the 2019-2020 Season has concluded however video submissions are still being accepted.
We follow the International Audition pre-selection guidelines. They are as follows:
An applicant would be required to submit the following material only:
- A video with no introduction or fancy editing, consisting of the following performed in leotard and tights for women and tight fitting dance attire for men:
- A short classical variation drawn from the standard repertoire danced in pointe shoes by female applicants
- A short contemporary variation (that could consist of something drawn from the repertoire, phrases from classwork or an applicant-created work) that illustrates the applicant’s command of a range of movement different from that demonstrated in the classical variation
- 3-5 minutes of barre work, incorporating both sides, danced in soft shoes by male applicants and pointe shoes by female applicants
- 3-5 minutes of centre work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro, danced in pointe shoes by female applicants
- A CV
- Ahead shot
- 2-3 dance photos that reveal the dancer’s body proportions and line
For questions please contact Laura Cadieux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the high volume of phone calls and submissions, please track your package in lieu of calling or emailing to see if we have received your materials. Any materials submitted for audition purposes will not be returned. You will only be contacted by a representative of Ballet Arizona if Artistic Director Ib Andersen is considering you for a position in the company.
Open Auditions - Studio Company
Open Auditions for Studio Company
On the day of the open audition, the company requires a registration form, $25 registration fee at the audition (cash only), resume, and 2 photos.
Photos: Headshot & 2-3 dance photos that reveal the dancer’s body proportions and line
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Location: Ballet Arizona
2835 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Time: Registration 4:30pm- 5:00pm
Ballet Class 5pm- 7pm
Fee: $25 Registration at auditions (Cash only)
Candidates are also considered from the School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive Audition Tour. Click here for more information.
Video Auditions: We encourage dancers to attend the open auditions on Sunday, Mar. 10 in Phoenix or to audition during The School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive Audition Tour. If you are unable to attend an open audition, click here to submit your audition materials online.
The video link should be no longer than 10-15 minutes and include the following: Barre work, center work consisting of adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro.
Women: Please include pointe work demonstrating an adagio, pirouettes en dehors, and en dedans.
Men: Please include tours en l’air with 2 turning combinations.
Studio Company candidates must attend the School of Ballet Arizona’s Summer Intensive to be considered.
For questions please contact Jasmine Nunn at email@example.com.