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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.


The Washington Ballet and The Washington Ballet Studio Company are seeking dancers for the 2014- 2015 season.

The Washington Ballet, an AGMA company, is seeking high level experienced professional male and female ballet dancers with experience dancing soloist and principal roles with established professional ballet companies.

The Washington Ballet Studio Company is seeking talented young dancers entering the field. Studio company members receive continued hands on training while dancing in some of The Washington Ballet’s productions at the Kennedy Center, The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre and starring 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 a good sense of contemporary movement and style and possess excellent partnering skills. The ability to learn and retain complex choreography is essential.

The 2014- 2015 Season includes a new production of Swan Lake, ALICE (in Wonderland), Balanchine’s Serenade and company premieres from van Manen, Kylian, Wheeldon, Webre and others. The Washington Ballet auditions are intended for classically trained dancers with performance experience with a professional company or school. All dancers must bring a completed registration form, résumé, dance photo and a $20 registration fee* to the audition.

Company and Studio Company auditions will be held in the following locations:

Washington, DC Audition

The Washington Ballet Studios
3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
March 30, 2014
12-1PM: Registration
1-3:30PM: Women and Men

Download the flyer HERE.

For any inquiries, please contact Company Manager, Nick Mullikin, at nmullikin@washingtonballet.org or 202.362.3606 x117.

*Registration fee is waived for AGMA members with proof that they are in good standing with the union.


Full-Time Positions

Director of Marketing and Communications

Department: Marketing
Reports to: Managing Director (MD), Artistic Director (AD)
Start Date: Immediate
Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Scope: As a senior member of The Washington Ballet (TWB) staff, the Director of Marketing and Communications sets the message for and oversees the work of the entire Marketing and Communications Department.

Responsibilities for the supervision of the Marketing Department include:
Developing and maintaining annual budgets for department; collaborating with the AD and the MD on design of seasonal collateral (brochures, direct mail and advertising); working with the Patron Services Manager in developing sales goals; planning, directing and managing all single ticket campaigns including direct mail, advertising (print, online, radio and television) and promotions; and managing the design and production of all signage, direct mail and collateral materials, directs institutional and production oriented merchandising, including the annual Sugar Plum Shoppe and promotional events.

Responsibilities for the supervision of the Communications Department include:
Overseeing and working with the Public Relations & Publications Manager on developing story ideas and angles to garner traditional and non-traditional media attention; overseeing all public relations and publication campaigns, materials and databases; overseeing and managing the company’s website, including the design of the site; overseeing the development and execution of an e-mail marketing, social media and publication plans.

General Responsibilities: 

  • Liaison with the Communications and Marketing Committee
  • Develops and executes annual revenue goals and expense budgets
  • Manage departmental expenses, codes invoices and compares expenses and revenues against actuals and budgets
  • Manage and perform annual reviews on department personnel
  • Executes contracts on behalf of department
  • Implement budgetary reviews and Year End report
  • Marketing Management
  • Develop and execute annual subscription campaigns
  • Develop and execute advertising creative and schedules for each production and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Devise mailing list strategies for direct mail campaigns. Direct list exchanges
  • Act as primary contact for mail house for all marketing-related mailings
  • Research and maintain current media outlets (with the Public Relations and Publications Manager) and community partners for advertising and promotional opportunities
  • Conceptualize and manage promotions and cross-promotions to heighten institutional awareness and support ticket sales
  • Develop and execute sales, pacing and revenue comparison reports
  • Public Relations and Publications
  • Lead on all crisis management public relations issues
  • Serve as an on-site media representative at performances, special events and promotional activities
  • Oversee the activities of the Public Relations and Publications Manager, artists and media for interviews, media coverage, promotional and publicity events
  • Assist the fundraising activities by editing collateral materials produced by that department and scheduling and utilizing electronic distribution
  • Oversee the production of video clips, media photography, electronic media publications, program books, in-house publications and promotional collateral
  • Coordinate proofing and approvals between TWB, designers and printers
  • Oversees bi-weekly external communications meetings and media scheduling
  • Website and e-Marketing Management
  • Point of contact for website design firm
  • Manage the compiling, writing, collection, coordination, updating and management of site content
  • Conceptualize and implement initiatives to increase patron email database
  • Maintain consistency in company image and editorial content in traditional and non-traditional collateral materials
  • Retail/Merchandise Management
  • Oversees the activities of the Sugar Plum Shoppe and production merchandising
  • Develop and maintain merchandise budgets
  • Oversee the Marketing and Communications Coordinator’s efforts to manage the production and ordering of all merchandise and supervise season retail manager, staff and volunteers
  • Miscellaneous
  • TWB representative at special events, promotions and appearances
  • Manage the hiring of department staff and the management of department volunteers and interns
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: 
ED, AD, Marketing Department Staff, Artistic Staff, Finance Department Staff, School Director, and others as needed

External Contacts:
Advertising media and agencies, mailhouses, printers, designers, venues, telemarketing, photographers, videographers, website developers, media, TWB Volunteers, retail/publication partners (designers, shippers), Members of the Board

Positions Supervised:
Director of Patron Services, Public Relations and Publications Manager, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Group & Patron Sales Coordinator, Ticket Services Assistant


  • A bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Communications, or a related field
  • 7-years experience working in Marketing/Public Relations, preferably in the arts, or a non-profit organization, 3-years in a supervisory capacity

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
  • Experience in event operations and management
  • Comfortable in a leadership role
  • Communicate conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to executive staff
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful and flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently and as part of team
  • Ability to work in high-pressure situations

Knowledge of:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook essential
  • Website content management systems, email systems, databases, html, and Adobe Creative Suite beneficial
  • Dance knowledge, or arts organization knowledge (non-profit) a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Ballet Instructor

Location: The Washington Ballet - TWB@THEARC campus, Washington, DC
Reports to: Director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC

General Description : The Washington Ballet (TWB) seeks a Ballet Instructor for programs and classes at it southeast Washington, DC location, The Washington Ballet @ THEARC (TWB@THEARC). 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 ballet at The Washington School of Ballet (SE campus) and in the DanceDC program, an Education and Outreach Program of TWB.

The candidate will possess 3 to 5 years teaching experience in ballet to children of varying levels in a conservatory and 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.

Successful candidates will not only work with students from The Washington School of Ballet but also in the public school setting, DanceDC. The individual’s knowledge of community engagement training, teaching and working with students, parents, and school administration is a plus. Those applying should have previous experience in the non-profit sector. There are also additional duties that include choreography for a variety of school and community performances.


  • Lead and instruct students of ballet and creative movement classes at partnered DanceDC schools and The Washington School of Ballet at SE campus
  • Prepare dance routines for class groups for student showcases, including the 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 site.
  • Assist with other duties assigned


  • 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

  • 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.

    Part-Time Positions

    Part Time Teacher

    Department: NW School
    Reports to: School Director
    Classification: Part-time, Seasonal
    Location: Washington, DC

    Scope: The Washington School of Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with significant experience teaching ballet technique to children. The person must possess strong classical ballet knowledge, must be a team player, teach the school’s curriculum and have experience in choreography for young children.

    General Responsibilities: 

    • Teach ballet classes in level(s) Pre Ballet 1 through Level 2
    • Choreograph for the Pre Ballet 2 & 3 Class Presentations and Spring Performances for Level 1A and up
    • Write evaluations for each student

    Internal Contacts: 
    School Director, School Manager, Associate School Manager, Faculty

    External Contacts:
    Students, Faculty, Pianists

    Qualifications- Education and Experience (min.):

    Teaching or professional experience in a nationally recognized company and/or school is preferred. Experience teaching and choreographing for young children is a must.

    Professional and Technical Competencies:

    • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
    • Must be a self-starter
    • Must possess excellent organizational skills, good collaborator
    • Communicates conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor
    • Work in a detail-oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and is able to handle tasks simultaneously
    • Works independently and as part of team

    Knowledge of:

    • Classical Ballet

    Equipment Knowledge and Use:

    • PC and software
    • Standard office equipment

    Please submit your application by July 30, 2014. All applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.


    The Washington Ballet @THEARC Summer Internship 2014

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    Summer Development Internship

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    Summer Public Relations and Marketing Internship 2014

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