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Auditions and Employment


The Washington Ballet is currently accepting applications for the following positions. To apply for a listed position, interested candidates should send the following items:
1. Cover letter (complete with salary history)
2. Current resume
3. List of professional references
4. TWB Employment Application (click here to complete this fillable application, print and sign it)
Return the above items via email to resumes@washingtonballet.org or by post mail to The Washington Ballet, Attention: Resumes, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. NO PHONE CALLS or ALTERNATE EMAILS PLEASE.

The Washington Ballet is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Ballet to employ individuals without regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.

AUDITIONS

The Washington Ballet is seeking professional dancers! Auditions will be held in Washington, DC on February 15 and March 29, and in New York, NY on March 15. Please download and view the audition flyer for details. UPDATE: Auditions have concluded for the 2015.16 Season. Please check back for future updates and information.


The Washington Ballet
employs high level experienced male and female ballet dancers with prior professional experience performing in soloist and principal roles with established ballet companies.

The Washington Ballet Studio Company provides a pre-professional learning experience for talented young dancers entering the field. Studio Company members receive continued training, development as artists and performance experience. They are provided the opportunity to dance in some of The Washington Ballet’s productions, alongside Company artists and in their own performance programs. Candidates should possess a strong classical ballet technique, advanced pointe work for the ladies and highly developed male technique for the men. Candidates should demonstrate their understanding of contemporary movement and style and possess excellent partnering skills and musicality. The ability to learn and retain complex choreography is essential.

Auditions for The Washington Ballet are held annually and the current schedule will be posted on this website. Auditioning dancers must bring a completed registration form, résumé, headshot, full-body dance photos and registration fee* to the audition. Further instruction will be available here when the audition schedule is posted.

Professional dancers of The Washington Ballet are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

*Active AGMA members are exempt.


CURRENT OPENINGS

Full-Time Positions

Wardrobe Assistant

Department: Production - Wardrobe
Position Title: Wardrobe Assistant
Reports to: Wardrobe Supervisor
Scope: Provide wardrobe support to the company dancers, studio company dancers, and school of The Washington Ballet (TWB) located at 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20016. Assist and facilitate dancer and performance related responsibilities.

Dancer Related Responsibilities:

    • Assist in maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of dancers’ measurements, including shoe and special order requirements as well as customary measurements required for the production and fitting of costumes, wigs, hats, etc.
  • Assist with hands on fittings and alterations of all costumes as required by the repertory.
  • Labeling and organizing of costumes for ballets
  • Dyeing and coloring shoes for specific ballets
  • Maintaining, inventory, labeling, and distribution of company provided accessories
  • Maintaining, inventory, distribution of company provided makeup (company dancers are responsible for their own basic stage makeup


Performance Related Responsibilities:
Preparation and Restore

  • Assist in hands on packing, preparation and organization of all costumes and costume related items for rehearsals, performances, demonstrations and photo shoots, etc. by the company at its studios and performance venues
  • Assist in the maintenance, restoration and return of inventory of all costumes, etc. as per item above
  • Assist in the coordination of (including delivery, alterations, fittings) of costume rentals and execution of care provisions as provided by their owner
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of costume production records and costume plots for the restaging of ballets
  • All items above as they relate to the use of costumes for The Washington School of Ballet end of year show

Run of Show

  • Assist in the supervision and hands on execution of all aspects of the costume load-in, set up, run of show, and load out for all rehearsals, performances, and photo shoots for the company
  • Assign dressing rooms for all cast and support members
  • All items above as required for The Washington School of Ballet end of year school show

Internal Contacts: Production staff, Artistic staff, Company Management, Managing Director, Performers, Development Department staff, Finance Department staff, Marketing Department staff, School staff, Ticketing staff, and others as needed

External Contacts:
Production support (i.e., IATSE members, venue wardrobe personnel, etc.), Board Members, Parents (backstage volunteers), Dry cleaner, costume warehouse personnel, and others as needed

Qualifications - Education and Experience

  • Strong machine and hand sewing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Flexibility of hours during production weeks and weekends


Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must strike a balance between being a self-starter and one who waits for instruction
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of team


Knowledge of:

  • Construction of and experience with dance costumes preferred
  • General run of show knowledge preferred
  • General knowledge of dance and the performing arts preferred


Physical Demands:

  • Lifting/carrying/pushing costumes (hanging, in baskets, and on racks)
  • Handling storage containers and crates
  • Physically active and demanding department
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.


Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment
  • Sewing machines and sergers


Education Program Manager

Department: Education and Community Engagement Departments
Position Title: Education Program Manager
Reports to: School Director @ THEARC
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Scope: Under minimal supervision, plans and implements in-school dance education program in designated public elementary schools and community settings. Teaches dance and ballet techniques to second and third grade students through arts experience and arts integration models. Manages and coordinates teaching and training activities with school personnel for the maximum success of program operations. Researches industry models, practices, and theories to keep current with national and local dance education standards. Choreograph and direct dance performances at culminating events which demonstrates students’ techniques, progress and abilities.

General Responsibilities:

  • Teach in the DanceDC program in DC Public schools (DCPS) as assigned
  • Develop lesson plans in accordance with District of Columbia education standards in collaboration with the teachers
  • Develop lesson plans in accordance with The Washington School of Ballet’s Syllabus
  • Have students perform classical, modern, theatrical, or social dances in productions
  • Have students express their own interpretations of the collaborative lessons based on stories, prose or poetry kinesthetically, musically or in writing
  • Collaborate with Director in management, communication and review of the teaching artists
  • Collaborate with Director on curriculum and lesson plans which includes refining and updating the plans, curriculum, dance numbers, performances and culminating events
  • Create new lesson plans that are relevant topics at the local schools and for the new ballets being performed by TWB Company
  • Create outcomes and standards that meet the DCPS goals for second and third grade students
  • Monitor the field of in-school dance programs to remain aware of current trends and innovations
  • Research and develops a new set of curriculum that highlights historical, cultural, and social information of the dance Diaspora
  • Assist with the production of Spring Performance of TWB@THEARC and other productions
  • Fulfill training requirement to be able to teach in the academy and teach as needed
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness
  • Coordinate all programmatic, educational and artistic events that relate to DanceDC programs
  • Manage EXCEL! Scholarship program
  • Assist Development Department with scholarship in fundraising initiatives.
  • Assist the Director with other duties assigned

Internal Contacts: School Director, THEARC School Manager, Faculty, Administrative personnel
External Contacts: Students, parents, faculty, pianists, THEARC/BBAR staff
Positions Supervised: Teaching artists in DanceDC

Qualifications - Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Dance education/instruction or equivalent work experience
  • 2-3 years of professional teaching (ballet/dance) experience
  • Knowledge of web-editing platforms and web-designer software (html, css), preferable

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must assist the Public Relations Manager in the search to produce new media outlets and contacts for the promotion of The Washington Ballet, The School, and The Ballet’s community engagement activities; the ability to think creatively in efforts to widen the Ballet’s exposure locally, nationally, and perhaps internationally is a definite plus
  • Must assist the Grants Manager in preparing grant applications with current statistical, educational and personal information about the students and their families
  • Must be familiar with all social media platforms (search, monitor, post, edit content)
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with a willingness to be adaptable
  • Work independently and as part of team


Knowledge of:
Ballet and multiple dance disciplines

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods 
  • Ability to carry or lift 40 lbs.
  • Ability to get to and from the elementary school and community centers

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment


DanceDC Instructor

Department: Community Engagement Department
Position Title: DanceDC Instructor
Reports to: Director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC, Education Programs Manager
General Description: The Washington Ballet (TWB) seeks a DanceDC Instructor for TWB’s education outreach program called DanceDC; TWB@THEARC is the headquarters of TWB’s education department and the Southeast Campus of The Washington School of Ballet. This full-time faculty position will be assigned to teach classes at partnered DanceDC schools, and also possibly at The Washington School of Ballet (SE campus)
The candidate will possess 3 to 5 years teaching experience in ballet to children of varying levels especially in outreach setting. The candidate must possess and demonstrate classical ballet knowledge, a willingness to embrace The Washington School of Ballet’s curriculum and demonstrate proficiency in choreography. The candidate will have an understanding of practical forms of dance education including arts experience and arts integration which are essential to the company’s educational mission.
Successful candidates will lead classes and instruct students in ballet at The Washington School of Ballet and in public school settings through the DanceDC program. Collaboration with students, parents, and school and company administration is required. The candidate’s knowledge of community engagement training is a plus. Previous experience in the non-profit sector is preferred. Additional duties include preparing and rehearsing dance routines for a variety of school and community performances.


General Responsibilities:

  • Lead and instruct students of ballet and creative movement classes at partnered DanceDC schools and at The Washington School of Ballet at SE campus
  • Assist with Annual Spring Showcase, Annual Spring Performance and other unique activities
  • Assist with dance rehearsals of The Washington Ballet productions that include children of the School, such as The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), etc.
  • Create lesson plans that relate to the educational and artistic goals of the outreach program
  • Execute administrative duties assigned to faculty members including writing and completing student progress reports and semester-end student evaluations
  • Collaborate with public school teachers at DanceDC schools to develop a cohesive dance curriculum and presentation plan, which combines academic subject learning and dance movement methodology
  • Coordinate and guide a culminating presentation for DanceDC students at the conclusion of each session
  • Administer, complete, and collect all necessary evaluation tools, surveys, and assessments from students, teachers and administrators at each outreach location
  • Assist with other duties as assigned


Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with children and adults
  • Ability to control groups of students
  • Ability to demonstrate musicality and work with company pianists
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Understanding and ability to carry out health and safety measures
  • Patience and tenacity
  • Ability to work with all ages
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the team
  • Ability to possess excellent organizational skills


Physical Demands:

  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods
  • Ability to carry or lift 40 lbs.
  • Ability to get to and from the elementary school and community centers


Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in dance or dance education with ballet teaching, choreography experience required. 5 years professional dance teaching experience may substitute for degree requirement.

The successful candidates must have both classical training and contemporary sensibilities with an appreciation for dance as a total art form. Teaching experience is required, preferably in a nationally recognized conservatory school and/or outreach setting. Reliable transportation is required. Demonstrated experience in a team environment is desirable. Professional dance performance experience is preferred. Preference is given to candidates with work experience in an urban community setting, those with an adaptable attitude, and those who demonstrate cultural sensitivity, social competencies.

TWB is committed to providing a safe and production learning community. To achieve that goal, TWB conducts background screening for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background check may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Receptionist

Department: THEARC
Position Title: Receptionist
Reports to: Director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC
Scope: Provide administrative support to the staff of The Washington Ballet (TWB) located at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Position serves as the main point of contact for the staff, parents, and students of TWB. Duties include general clerical, receptionist and project-based work. Project a professional company image through in-person and phone interaction.

General Responsibilities:

    • Respond to public inquiries on the telephone and in person; provide information and assistance to the public in a courteous manner.
  • Answer telephones and transfer to appropriate staff member
  • Accept payments from parents, provide receipts, and help maintain payment accounts.
  • Oversee security by monitoring door and arrivals
  • Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, faxing, mailing, and filing.
  • Assists designated staff with projects as needed
  • Assist School Coordinator with sale and inventory of merchandise in The Washington Ballet @ THEARC
  • Input and retrieve data and text
  • Organize and maintain document filing
  • Receives and distributes packages as they arrive
  • Assist in maintaining internal calendars and all bulletin boards in the office and the general area; maintain front desk information
  • Create flyers and other information for distribution
  • Assist with other duties as assigned
  • Creating and completing TWB@THEARC Newsletter
  • Communicate with local businesses and churches on upcoming events.


Internal Contacts
: School Director, THEARC School Manager, Faculty

External Contacts:
Students, parents, faculty, pianists

Qualifications - Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or minimum of 5 years of related experience
  • Must have office/administrative experience
  • Cash-handling experience
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft applications: Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, etc. and must be able to learn quickly to use program software.
  • Must have or be able to acquire knowledge of Ward 8
  • Ability to speak effectively to the general public and to compose concisely and clearly
  • Willingness to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills.
  • General knowledge of dance and the performing arts preferred
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in regard to work performed.
  • Ability to provide professional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to Strong writing and oral presentation skills
  • Availability to attend evening and weekend community events and meetings
  • Bilingual skills a plus, especially Spanish

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must assist the Public Relations Manager in the search to produce new media outlets and contacts for the promotion of The Washington Ballet, The School, and The Ballet’s community engagement activities; the ability to think creatively in efforts to widen the Ballet’s exposure locally, nationally, and perhaps internationally is a definite plus
  • Must be familiar with all social media platforms (search, monitor, post, edit content)
  • Must be a self-starter
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of team

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge and experience in working with diverse communities Washington, DC specifically Ward 7 & 8
  • Knowledge of The Washington Ballet in particular the SE campus policies and community engagement work.
  • Knowledge and command of Microsoft Office (including Power Point and Access)

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting up to 25lbs.

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Part-Time Positions



Internships

Spring Marketing Department Internship

*We are no longer accepting applications for the fall. If interested in the Spring internship, please submit your application between October 1 and November 15. Thank you.*
Department: Marketing and Communications
Internship Title: Marketing Intern (MI)
Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM), Public Relations Manager (PRM)
Classification: Internship 12 hours min./week
Location: Washington, DC
Scope: This internship supports the activities of the Marketing and Communications Department of TWB and provides a general introduction into the varied responsibilities of the marketing and communications management professional, and exposes the intern to the non-profit/performing arts environment in particular.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with weekly activities in the marketing and communications department related to public relations, publications, special projects and social media
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by the marketing and communications department
  • Assists with monitoring the social media and enews calendars
  • Assists with payments due to vendors
  • Researches information on ballet and marketing trends and news
  • Attends weekly marketing staff meetings and takes notes as necessary Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration, marketing, public relations or related field of study
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Experience with social media platforms highly beneficial
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Interest in the performing arts


Evaluation Procedure:
Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the MCM, PRM, marketing and communications team and intern steers activities in appropriate directions and allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the Ballet change. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to evaluate the internship experience.

Benefits:

  • Great experience working for the nation’s tenth largest ballet company
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects
  • Possible graduate credit if University/College allows
  • Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet



Internal Contacts:
MCM, PRM, Marketing Staff, Company Manager, School Director, Finance Director, Company Dancers, Development Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Artistic Department Staff, School Staff, Stage Management Staff, Wardrobe/Costume Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed External Contacts: Board members, constituents, members of the general public

Knowledge of:
Basic marketing knowledge

Physical Demands:

  • May be required to lift and move up to 20lbs
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must be able to set and stand for prolonged periods


Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment


Fall Development Department Internship

Department: Development
Internship Title: Development Intern (DI)
Reports to: Development Operations Coordinator (DOC)
Classification: Internship 10-15 hours min./week
Location: Washington, DC
Scope:

This internship supports the activities of the Development Department of TWB’s fundraising efforts in the following areas: community engagement, special event planning, donor database management, and providing general support for the development department’s initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains files and general office duties
  • Assists with daily tasks as requested by DOC
  • Researches Corporate and Individual Prospects for Institutional and Individual Giving
  • Assists in season mailings for Individual Giving, Institutional Giving and Special Events
  • Prepares for TWB 2015.2016 season Appeals
  • Assists with Grants and Corporate Proposals

Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Strong online and offline research skills
  • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
  • Works independently and as part of team
  • Previous internal or external customer service preferred


Evaluation Procedure:
Evaluation is ongoing. Weekly communication between the DOC and Development Department activities in appropriate directions and allows for alterations if the interests of the intern or the Ballet change. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor will prepare a written evaluation of the intern’s work, experience, and overall contribution to The Washington Ballet. In addition, the intern has an opportunity to evaluate the internship experience.

Benefits:

  • Great experience working for the nation’s tenth largest ballet company
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects
  • Possible graduate credit if University/College allows
  • Free Adult Dance classes with excellent instructors from The Washington School of Ballet



Internal Contacts:
DOC, Director of Development, Manager of Individual Giving, Manager of Institutional Giving, Manager or Special Events, Managing Director, Artistic Director, Marketing Department Staff, School Staff, Artistic Staff, Finance Department Staff, Stage Management Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed External Contacts: Board members, constituents, representatives of other arts organizations, members of the general public

Knowledge of:

  • Public Administration/ Non-profit
  • Fundraising Basics
  • Ballet/Dance company operations a plus


  • Physical Demands:
    • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
    • Must be able to sit and stand for prolonged periods


    Equipment Knowledge and Use:

    • The Raiser's Edge
    • pc and software
    • Standard office equipment
    • Excel and Microsoft Word

    Community Engagement Internship

    Department: Education and Community Engagement
    Internship Title: Community Engagement Intern
    Reports to: Director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC (TWB@THEARC)
    Classification: Internship 15 – 35 hours per week
    Location: Washington, DC
    Scope: This internship supports the activities of the community engagement and education Department of TWB and provides a general introduction into the varied responsibilities of the department. Primarily in the summer, the person’s role is to be an assistant teacher for the Summer Dance Program. The summer dance program is a four-week program that allows intermediate and advanced students to train intensively during the day. The Washington Ballet’s unique location with THEARC allows students to have a foundation in ballet and also take other dance genres including music, art and gardening through other partner programs at THEARC. The intern would assist in the dance classroom, with classroom management, communicating between teachers, students, parents and other school personnel as well as other duties related to the program. When camp is not in session the intern would have the opportunity to work on a project that would assist and may not be limited to marketing, development, community engagement, programmatic and curricular development of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assists with the Summer Dance Intensive program •
    • Assists with classroom work, behavioral strategies of students, communication with parents and other key stakeholders •
    • Assists with marketing and development of the program •
    • Assists with community engagement work including meetings, planning and communication of current programmatic offerings and ways to engage the community •
    • Answer phones, offer assistance and take messages •
    • Assists with monitoring the social media and Enews calendars •
    • Assists with payments due to vendors •
    • Researches information on ballet and marketing trends and news •
    • Attends weekly marketing staff meetings and takes notes as necessary •
    • Completes one project related to but not limited to one of the following areas: marketing, development, community engagement, programmatic and curricular development of The Washington Ballet @THEARC.


    Qualifications:

    • Completing a dance education, dance or dance minor degree, arts management or community engagement degree in higher education
    • Excellent verbal and writing skills
    • Excellent communication skills