TitleInstructor of Ballet
Department Name1020-Dance

The Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Program seeks a dedicated full-time instructor of ballet. The program seeks a high energy, positive and enthusiastic candidate who possesses professional dance experience in a nationally and/or internationally recognized and renowned classical ballet company or training program. Areas of expertise should include classical technique, advanced pointe work, and the ability to serve as a ballet master and repetitor, in particular with corps de ballet for full length and excerpts of classical ballet repertoire.


The candidate should have teaching experience with students in pre-professional academic settings (university and/or high school) along with a comfortability and familiarity working with students coming from a variety of different dance backgrounds, levels, and skill-sets. A certification or recognized extensive experience in a certain style of classical ballet is preferred, with the candidate having the flexibility to use this technique as a springboard to further develop their own teaching methodologies and concepts specifically for the students at IAA. The Instructor of Ballet may also be a choreographer with opportunities to showcase their work on the students, however the primary focus and emphasis of this position is on ballet instruction and mentorship for the students; coaching for repertoire in performances from visiting choreographers and/or stagers; coaching solos for college / summer program auditions; along with being an advisor toward career and higher education goals.


Interlochen is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minorities and other individuals from underrepresented groups.


Major Responsibilities

  • Instruct ballet, pointe, and technique classes to IAA dance majors on a daily to near-daily basis with a variety of levels based on aptitude, skill-set, and age. Each class should demonstrate a progression in technique and intensity for the different classes;

  • Serve as a coach for various new works of guest choreographers in their absence; staple pieces or repertoire staged both “in house” and from guest repetiteurs;

  • Mentor students as they search for colleges, universities and summer programs with a classical dance focus along with assisting students in preparing video auditions, college dance audition solos; complete reference letters as requested;

  • Serve as a liaison between student and parents; handle questions or concerns from parents about students and their progress in ballet classes, or rehearsals as a whole;

  • Instruct other classes or coach rehearsals as needed and designated for the overall artistic needs of the program


Knowledge and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Ballet, Dance and/or a related field is required to apply for this position.

  • A Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field combined with significant professional experience as a dancer or teacher may also be considered.

  • Applicants with equivalent degrees from outside the US may need to submit academic history from their affiliated dance education institutions.  

  • Experience with a professional dance company of national and/or international recognition.

  • Experience as a dance teacher and rehearsal master with a preference for work at the high school level.

  • Additional experience in an area of dance education such as anatomy, nutrition, pedagogy or Pilates is preferred along with experience in working with students who train on a daily with a focus on classical ballet technique.



  • Commensurate with experience




A Complete Application Includes:

  1. Cover letter/letter of intent

  2. Curriculum Vita/Resume – A vita/resume that outlines the applicants professional and teaching experience

  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy – A teaching philosophy statement should clearly articulate your current teaching methods and how your pedagogy might introduce new and innovative teaching methods to students at Interlochen.

  4. Publicity– Clippings of dance career and/or teaching care

All of the above items have to be combined into one document and then uploaded.  This should be done first and then the application completed.

  1. A List of Three References- Please include at least three professional references who can speak to your experience and ability to succeed in this position.  You will need their email addresses.

Please note: Do not submit a choreographic or teaching reel unless further requested. All components of this application should be uploaded as a PDF document and submitted as one file.  Review of materials will commence immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.

The next step of the application process will ask you a series of questions, some are required by the EEOC concerning Protected Veteran Status and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability. For more information please view the following hyperlinks. 

EEOC Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veteran Status

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

If interested in applying please submit an application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of the page. 


More information about Interlochen Center for the Arts:

Interlochen Center for the Arts MISSION

To engage and inspire people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts.



To ignite lifelong passion for the arts 



Nurturing, Inspiring,Transforming, Enlightening and Enduring


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio 

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; 94.7 FM, Traverse City and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington. Streaming online at ipr.interlochen.org. Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the regions position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nations largest arts presenters.

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