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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 has filled all professional dancer positions for its 2014.2015 Season and the Studio Company program is full.

Please check this web page soon for updated information on our audition schedule for the 2015.2016 Season.

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.


Full-Time Positions

Please check back later for open positions.

Part-Time Positions

Boutique Assistant

Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Marketing and Communications Manager (MCM) and Boutique Supervisor (BS)

Scope : The Boutique Assistant (BA) is responsible for assisting the BS with sales, operations and human resources function of the boutique to assure excellent guest experience and optimum profitability. The BA must also motivate and inspire the Volunteers to achieve productivity and sales goals.


  • Under the direction of the BS, the BA supervises the Sugar Plum Shoppe (SPS) retail operations and sales for The Nutcracker performances at THEARC, the Warner Theatre and The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party, or other venues as assigned
  • Engages and assists guests with retail sales
  • Liaises with BS, SPS Chair(s) and volunteers for a smooth operation of Sugar Plum Shoppe
  • Operates cash registers and utilizes handheld devices to ensure positive guest satisfaction
  • Assists volunteers with retail sales and merchandise handling
  • Coordinates Shoppe/Boutique volunteers for select performances
  • Inventories daily stock levels and restocks merchandise
  • Runs sales reports at the end of each performance and completes paperwork for deposits
  • Supports the MCM and BS with various tasks including inventory, transportation and set up of the Sugar Plum Shoppe at THEARC and Warner Theatre or other venues
  • Contributes to a positive work environment
  • Other duties as assigned

Internal Contacts: MCM, BS, Marketing Department Staff, Development Department Staff and others as needed

External Contacts: Volunteers and members of the general public

Positions Supervised: Volunteer guest service providers


    • Demonstrated cash handling experience
    • High School diploma or GED certificate
    • 2 years of retail experience, minimum
    • Familiarity with MS Office software including Word and Excel
    • Familiarity with retail software such as Quickbooks, GoPayment and Square

    Professional and Technical Competencies:

    • Demonstrates exceptional skills in managing volunteers
    • Fosters ongoing positive relationships with individuals encountered
    • Sports a cheerful attitude
    • Maintains positive and professional decorum in relations with others
    • Maintains neat and professional attire during retail operations periods
    • Performs other duties as assigned by MCM in a timely manner and with a positive attitude
    • Works in a detail oriented manner, is resourceful and flexible, and able to handle tasks simultaneously
    • Demonstrates solid supervisory, mathematical and analytical skills
    • Works independently and as part of team

    Knowledge of:

    • Retail sales operations
    • Cashiering operations
    • Cash handling procedure, preferred

    Physical Demands:

    • Cyclical working hours- according to programming
    • Evening and weekend hours as required or assigned
    • Standing for prolonged periods
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds

    Equipment knowledge and use:

    • Computer and software
    • Current valid driver's license

    Hourly, $12; This position is subject to a background and security clearance.

    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.


    Department: Administration
    Reports to: School Manager
    Classification: Part-time
    Location: Washington, DC

    Scope: The Washington Ballet seeks an energetic candidate with excellent guest services skills and a professional demeanor. The person must be a team player, communicate effectively and multitask efficiently.

    Summary of Responsibilities: 

    • Answers all incoming calls
    • Direct callers to appropriate departments and extensions
    • Greet customers, clients and appointments as they enter TWB
    • Announce and direct arrivals to correct individual/destination
    • Manage merchandise sales
    • Oversee security by monitoring door and arrivals
    • Receive and notify recipients of packages as they arrive
    • Assist other departments with projects as needed

    Specific Duties:
    Customer Service

    • Greet customers and answer telephones in a pleasant and courteous manner
    • Direct all business sales inquiries to the Director of Facilities or the Director of Finance
    • Filter incoming calls to the correct department/individual.
    • Transfer individuals to voicemail if department/individual is unavailable
    • Provide General Information to the public regarding the following or direct them to the organization’s website:
    • - TWB Season (program/dates/length/location)
      - Ticketing (price range/availability/where to purchase if not TWB)
      - TWB Events (when/where/ticket price/contact Special Events Manager)
      - TWB/WSB Meetings (who/where/when/meeting contact)
      - TWSB Schedule (classes/location/studios/teachers/pianist)
      - TWSB Auditions (where/when/age range/direct to website)


  • Maintain list of make up classes
  • Alphabetize filing
  • Help prepare attendance books
  • Prepare Adult Class sign-in sheet and 10 class cards
  • Greet Adult Class students, provide information
  • Use the terminal provided to process charges for adult classes and TWB/TWSB merchandise


  • Notify finance department as soon as mail arrives
  • Maintain necessary supplies for front desk duties/place orders with Executive Assistant
  • Must read and refer to the Employee Handbook
  • Notify department managers when supplies arrive for them to pick up
  • Use the terminal to clock in and out of work and breaks
  • Keep the front door locked at all times
  • Report suspicious individuals to Director of Facilities or School Manager
  • In case of an emergency contact a member of the facilities staff immediately or call Director of Facilities on cell phone
  • Inform the School Manager when taking a break or have another staff member monitor the front desk
  • It is very important that all patrons are aware that the TWB building is secure
  • If late or unable to get to work, call Director of Facilities,Fidel Colin at 703-536-2116 or Director of Finance, Shakira Reid-Segundo at 202-362-3606x132

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

    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 and attends Special Events, including Opening Nights and Cultivation Events
    • Assists in season mailings for Individual Giving, Institutional Giving and Special Events
    • Prepares for TWB 2014.2015 season Appeals
    • Assists with Grants and Corporate Proposals
    • Aids in the establishment of Planned Giving Program


    • Currently enrolled or recently completed coursework in arts administration or related field of study
    • Excellent writing skills including syntax, usage, and creative writing
    • 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

    Final Products:

    • Create report of "Donor Analysis Report"
    • Create an evaluation report on a program or event within the Department

    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.

    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

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