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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, gender identity, disability or any other factor made unlawful under applicable fair employment laws.


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.


Special Events Manager

Manager of Institutional Giving

Education Program Manager

DanceDC Instructor
Residence Assistant

Fall Development Internship

Full-Time Positions

Special Events Manager

Department: Development
Position Title: Special Events Manager
Reports to: Director of Development (DOD)
Scope: Under minimal supervision, The Special Events Manager oversees the planning and execution of all special events for The Washington Ballet, including major fundraising events and the annual gala, as well as opening night parties, donor cultivation events and events sponsored by the Ballet’s volunteer groups, including the Jeté Society and the Women’s Committee. Creates and implements a comprehensive special events calendar for each fiscal year and manages all special events budgets to ensure the budgeted net revenue goals are achieved. The Manager of Special Events reports to the Director of Development and is a collaborative member of a Development Team with overall responsibility for raising unrestricted and restricted gifts in support of The Washington Ballet, its School and Community Engagement programs.


Special Events
  • Create and implement annual events plan for TWB to ensure development and stewardship goals
  • Manage all special events, staffing committee and senior staff on all logistics from planning to execution
  • Create and execute detailed events budgets to ensure budgeted net numbers
  • Facilitate the creation of all event collateral, including invitations, save the date cards, e-blasts, etc. working closely with the marketing and communications department
  • Organize staff and volunteer human resources to ensure proper coverage at events
  • Regularly report on financial and attendance figures to Executive Director and other relevant parties
  • Facilitate all event follow-up, including invoices and donor acknowledgement with the Manager of Development Operations
  • Maintain a special events calendar
  • Manage all events budgets
  • Oversee benefits fulfillment for event donors
Donor Stewardship, General
  • Liaise with all development staff on donor contacts
  • Coordinate cultivation and stewardship activities in support of high profile volunteers and key staff, and collaborate in the development of strategies, proposals and stewardship reports
  • Manage reports and update donor records with key activities/notes

Internal Contacts:
Managing Director, Artistic Director, DOD, Development Department Staff, Marketing Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Production and Artistic Staff, Dancers, members of the Board of Directors, and others as needed.

External Contacts:
Committee chair(s), Event management staff and volunteers (TWB/TWSB volunteer committees), constituents and donors, members of the general public.

Positions Supervised: Volunteers and event staff


Min. 3-years of experience organizing and executing large scale special events
Non-profit fundraising or events planning/managing
Bachelor’s Degree

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and advocate for the Ballet in the community
  • Demonstrate sound event management skills including ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Foster ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner, be resourceful, flexible, and able to efficiently handle tasks simultaneously
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity
  • Work independently and as part of team with willingness to avail oneself to other company duties as needed
  • Must possess strong social etiquette and protocol skills
  • Maintain positive and professional decorum in relations with others
  • Prioritize work to effectively balance assignments, communications, and relations
  • Communicate conflicts, concerns or matters of urgency to appropriate supervisor or company director
  • Demonstrate exceptional skills in managing administrative tasks
  • Confidentially, and with respect to private/confidential information, communicate and disseminate information or data to appropriate personnel or individuals

Knowledge of:

  • Event management, planning and execution
  • Ballet/dance company operations or arts organizational knowledge a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Cyclical working hours – according to season programming
  • Evening and weekend hours as required
  • Prolonged standing and sitting
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 40lbs.

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • RaisersEdge
  • Standard office equipment
  • Two-way radio equipment (optional)

Manager of Institutional Giving

Department: Development Position Title: Manager of Institutional Giving
Reports to: Director of Development (DOD)
Classification: Full – Time, Exempt

Scope: Under minimal supervision by the Director of Development, the Institutional Giving Associate is responsible for identifying prospective foundation, corporate and government donors, for preparing and submitting grant proposals and reports, for developing and maintaining relationships with representatives of foundations, corporations and government agencies, and managing the timely submission of funding proposals. The associate reports is an integral member of the Development team with overall responsibility for raising unrestricted and restricted gifts in support of The Washington Ballet (TWB) and its School and Community Engagement programs.


  • Create grant proposals, project descriptions, budgets and attachments
  • Manage portfolio of current and prospective institutional funders
  • Construct new and finely targeted proposals for prospective funders
  • Identify and research new support opportunities and determine connection with TWB funding
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit corporations for general, program and event
  • Assist and coordinate with the events team for special event support
  • Maintain familiarity with TWB’s artistic, education, and community engagement programs to advocate effectively for support stewardship
  •  Attend staff, company and departmental meetings
  • Work with Directors to develop contacts with key institution funders
  • Work with CFO to ensure proper reporting of gran agreements, gifts and gift recording and reporting
  • Prepare reports, maintain frequent and balanced communication, and schedule visits with foundation, corporate and government funders
  • Generate required reports for reports
  • Coordinate the delivery of acknowledgement letters and benefit fulfillment of all institutional gift commitments
  • Manage grants calendar to ensure the timely submission of proposals and reports
  • Prepare reports and record-keeping documents for management, i.e., grants to-date, i.e. actual vs. projections, asks out etc.
  • Meet regularly with institutional donors and prospective donors for stewardship, cultivation and solicitation
  • Enter and update constituent records for institutional donors in Raiser’s Edge and disseminate information to appropriate TWB staff and Board members
  • Represent and provide support as a member of the Development Team at TWB fundraising and Opening Night events; attend other events as needed/assigned
  • Assist the department with office communications, events and proofreading/editing as assigned
  • Planning/Strategy
  • Prepare foundation, corporate and government sections of annual development plan for planning and budgeting
  • Work with the Development Committee of the Board and the Development staff to develop strategies to increase foundation, corporate and government support
  • Special Projects
  • Provide management and leadership assistance to a comprehensive Scholarship Funding Program for The Washington School of Ballet and TWB@THEARC, including but not limited to grant preparation, meetings with donors and enabling the work of Board of Directors engage in this funding effort
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: Managing Director, Artistic Director, Director of Development, Development Department Staff, Executive Assistant, Artistic Staff, Operations Staff, School Director, Finance Director, Director of Marketing and Communications. Company Dancers, Marketing Department Staff, Finance Department Staff, Marketing Department Staff, Ticketing Staff and others as needed.

External Contacts:
Institutional and Foundation contacts, contacts from area chambers of commerce, civic clubs and professional organizations, donors, corporate and business partners, members of the Board, constituents and donors (institutional), members of the general public

Qualifications - Education and Experience

  • At least 2-years of experience working in institutional advancement for a major non-profit
  • 3 years grant / proposal writing experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Strong writing, speaking, mathematical and analytical skills
  • Online and offline research experience
  • Raiser’s Edge software knowledge
  • Interest in ballet and/or performing arts

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Strong commitment to the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet
  • Act as an advocate for TWB in the community
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Exhibit superb interpersonal skills and maintain positive and professional decorum in relations with others
  • Foster ongoing positive relationships with internal and external contacts
  • Prioritize work to effectively organize, manage and balance assignments, communications, and relations
  • Demonstrate sound project management skills including ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines and objectives with a sense of urgency
  • Work in a detail-oriented manner and exercise resourcefulness, optimism and flexibility in approaches to tasks and assignments
  • Demonstrate exceptional skills in managing day to day administrative tasks
  • Confidentially, and with respect to private/confidential information, communicates and disseminates information or data to appropriate personnel or individuals
  • Face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity

Knowledge of:

  • Fundraising Operations and Planning
  • Raiser’s Edge software system
  • Database management systems
  • Microsoft Office ® software programs
  • Development operations
  • Education, Ballet/Dance, Theatre company operations, preferred

Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

  • Cyclical working hours – according to season programming
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours as required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
  • Regularly sits at desk/computer workstation
  • Occasional prolonged periods of standing (events)
  • Regularly visits SE campus, partner schools to observe operations and activities

Equipment Knowledge and Use:

  • PC and software
  • Standard office equipment

Education Program Manager

Department: THEARC
Position Title: Education Program Manager
Reports to: School Director @ THEARC
Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Scope: Under direction, assists with planning, design and implementation of The Washington Ballet’s In-school DanceDC program in designated elementary schools and community settings. Teaches and integrates dance and ballet techniques with classroom subjects- english, science, math, history and etc. – to second and third graders. Assigned to specific schools requiring considerable coordination between school personnel – teachers, principals, and school coordinators. Researches industry models, practices, theories to stay abreast of 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 schools as assigned
  • Develop lesson plans in accordance with The Washington School of Ballet’s Syllabus, District of Columbia education standards in collaboration with the teachers
  • Have students perform classical, modern, theatrical, or social dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies
  • Collaborate with Director in order to refine or modify dance lesson plans and compositions
  • Research and develops a new set of curriculum that highlights historical, cultural, and social information of the dance Diaspora
  • 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
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness
  • Assist with the production of Spring Performance of TWB@THEARC
  • Fulfill training requirement to be able to teach in the academy and teach as needed
  • 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
  • Provide and create a statistical data and report for internal and external us

Internal Contacts: School Director, THEARC School Manager, Faculty

External Contacts: Students, parents, faculty, pianists

Qualifications - Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 2-3 years of related experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office

Professional and Technical Competencies:

  • Support the philosophy and mission of The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet
  • Must assist marketing and development department with outreach and promotion of The Washington 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 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:
Ballet and multiple dance disciplines

Physical Demands:
Must be able to transport self and teaching materials to class locations

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


  • 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

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

Residence Assistant

Department: TWSB – Northwest Campus
Position Title: Residence Assistant (requires live-in residency)
Reports to: School Manager (upper division) / Managing Director
Classification: Part Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Scope: The Residence Assistant (RA) oversees student life and activities of adolescent girls and young adult women residents at The Washington Ballet dormitory facility while participating in The Washington School of Ballet, an intensive, highly selective, and internationally recognized classical dance training program. RA lives on the property on a full-time basis and works under minimal supervision. The RA ensures the safety, security and well-being of student residents; monitors daily activities, and compliance with resident policies; reports necessary building maintenance; responds to emergencies; and closely communicates with the School Manager.

Compensation: $13.84/hr., housing (including utilities)

Housing: The RA has private living quarters at the Residence House and is expected to live there on a full-time basis. Housing and utilities (electric, gas, internet and basic television) are provided at no cost the RA.

On-duty paid hours: 2 hours each evening and 1 hour in the morning, 7 days per week
Overnight: Must remain on premises overnight until morning on-duty time, 7 days per week (sleeping time is unpaid)


  • Highly responsible, with proven track record of consistent judgment, reliability, and professionalism;
  • Knowledge of female adolescent development, including physical, emotional, social, academic, and other areas of development;
  • Proven track record of establishing trust and rapport with teens and young women while maintaining appropriate authority and boundaries at all times;
  • Experience providing guidance, mentoring, and care to teen girls and young women;
  • Proven ability to act as a positive role model at all times (on and off campus);
  • Ability to establish and enforce all policies and rules of the Residence;
  • Ability to promote, and maintain a safe, mutually-respectful environment at the Residence House;
  • Ability to recognize and respond appropriately to extreme, problematic, or unhealthy behaviors;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with students and parents or guardians from diverse cultures;
  • Ability to establish build the trust and confidence of parents and guardians through prompt, clear, and appropriate communications (written or verbal) about students’ activities and well-being;
  • Ability to respond to emergencies calmly, effectively, and immediately, while exercising leadership and sound judgment;
  • Knowledge and experience in general household management, including general house maintenance, light cleaning, and use of standard household equipment;
  • Knowledge and experience in meal preparation, good nutrition, use of kitchen appliances;
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to collect and maintain complete and accurate files, including student records;
  • Proficiency in using email and telecommunications;
  • First Aid / CPR Certification; and
  • Ability to move or lift up to 40 lbs.

Philosophy and mission

  • Support the mission of TWB and the academic mission of its School of Ballet;
  • Create and maintain a safe, mutually respectful, and positive developmental environment at Residence House;
  • Maintain high ethical standards in all decisions and actions that represent or reflect on TWB;
  • Act as a positive role model at all times, on and off campus and in online social media activity; and
  • Know and abide by all local, state, and federal laws.

Oversight of Student Activities:

  • Clearly communicate, interpret, and enforce resident facility policies to students and parents/guardians;
  • Maintain clear, direct and open relationship with students;
  • Conduct and coordinate monthly resident meeting;
  • Ensure daily check-in/out of students and remind them to carry mobile phones (with adequate charge) when departing resident facility;
  • Assign chores for housekeeping and manage general tidiness and cleanliness of students;
  • Set cleaning schedules, cooking schedules; and laundry room sharing plan for student residents;
  • Inspect student bedrooms and common areas monthly for damage or repair needs; and
  • Replace missing/lost student keys (at expense to student).

Student Safety and Well-Being:

  • Oversee student arrivals and departures at the start and end of school year;
  • Conduct resident orientation for new and returning students;
  • Collect and review student medical information with parent or guardian;
  • Provide TWB and co-student contact information to parents or guardians;
  • Maintain student information files, including confirming current parent or guardian contact information and medical insurance information;
  • Maintain confidentiality of all student records in accordance with HIPAA and student privacy rights;
  • Advise School Manager of behavior or code violations by students on each occasion;
  • Communicate any concerns or actions requiring medical attention to students during residency to School Manager;
  • Inform School Manager of extreme student behaviors - eating peculiarities, behavioral changes, anti-socialism; and
  • In consultation with the School Manager or other qualified provider, implement programs or other proactive interventions to minimize behavioral issue(s).

Residence House maintenance and safety:

  • Report building maintenance concerns to School Manager, generating written repair request to Facilities Manager as needed;
  • Set and monitor temperature controls for heating and air conditioning in the residence;
  • Ensure nightly securing of the building;
  • Coordinate emergency or crisis response to management or police, fire, or EMS personnel; and
  • Review all serious incident reports and/or police reports with School Manager and Managing Director when necessary.

Internal Contacts: School Manager, School Director, Managing Director, Facilities Director, Maintenance Staff, Students

External Contacts: TWB Staff at-large, Neighbors of PSH, Parents/Guardians of students, Police/Fire/EMS personnel

Positions Supervised: N/A


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

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

  • 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.


  • 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

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Development Operations Coordinator at aneal@washingtonballet.org.