National Visiting Fellows Program

2018-19 Visiting Fellow Ebony Haswell Frazier teaching at SAB

The School of American Ballet (SAB) invites U.S.-based classical ballet instructors with a proven commitment to teaching students from diverse backgrounds to apply for the National Visiting Fellows Program.

Visiting Fellows will be invited to attend two all-expenses-paid sessions during SAB’s Winter Term, where they will observe a range of SAB classes, meet with faculty to discuss SAB’s curriculum and strategies for progression, teach SAB students and receive faculty feedback, and discuss relevant topics in dance education with administrative staff and faculty. In addition, the home school of each Visiting Fellow will receive a monetary award of $5,000, to be applied to current or future diversity-related initiatives.

2021-22 PROGRAM UPDATE

SAB is thrilled to reinstate the National Visiting Fellows Program for 2021-22 after postponing invitations for 2020-21. Despite the many unknowns surrounding the future trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, SAB is optimistic that this program will resume in-person in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

View our roster of National Visiting Fellows

Program Details and Criteria

The School of American Ballet welcomes applications from classical ballet teachers of all backgrounds to apply for the Visiting Fellows Program. Applicants will be selected based on various qualifications, including, but not limited to, teaching quality, demographics of the community served, and commitment to serving students of color and/or underrepresented communities.  The School of American Ballet encourages submissions from diverse applicants.

Program Details

  • Receive two, all-expense paid trips to New York City for the fall and spring sessions.
  • An award of $5,000 to the fellow’s home studio.
  • A stipend for lost wages and per diem during fellowship visits.
  • Observe a complete range of SAB Winter Term classes.
  • Attend curricula and technique demonstrations with students and faculty.
  • Meet with SAB faculty members to discuss training methods and other relevant topics.
  • Teach an intermediate-level class and receive feedback from SAB faculty.
  • Meet with School Leadership to discuss administrative operations and topics of diversity and inclusion in ballet.
  • Enjoy complementary tickets to NYCB performances (provided fellowship visit occurs during NYCB season).
  • Fellows will be selected and notified by early August 2021.

2021-22 Visiting Fellows Dates

Fall 2021
Monday, October 4 – Saturday, October 9, 2021

Spring 2022
Monday, March 21 – Saturday, March 26, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the fellowship, you must:
  • Be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2021.
  • Have a minimum of five years teaching experience in classical ballet.
  • Be currently employed by a U.S.-based dance academy or studio. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply, as long as the affiliated school or studio is located in the United States. Artistic directors are welcome to apply.
  • Have a demonstrated and documented commitment to serving underrepresented communities in ballet and/or students of color.
  • Have the full support of your home institution.

Contact Elise Drew León, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at fellows@sab.org for more information.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Visiting Fellows Program should prepare the following to be submitted through our online application form:
Résumé or CV
Include dance training, professional performing experience (if applicable), and teaching experience.
Written description of current position/title and organization
Include descriptions of organization’s training programs and demographics of the current student body (age, racial/ethnic composition, student body size)
Statement of Intent
In 500-1000 words, explain your interest in participating in the Fellowship and your commitment to teaching diverse student populations.
Letter of Support
Letter from your organization’s artistic leadership* indicating support for your application.

*Not applicable if applicant is an Artistic/School Director

Video Teaching Sample (more guidelines included below)
Recorded in-person classes as well as recorded Zoom classes will be accepted. Video sample(s) should be recorded and uploaded to an online hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube. You will be required to include a url link to your video(s) in the application. (See below for more guidelines on submitting your video sample)

Video Teaching Sample Guidelines

We request all videos be uploaded to a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo prior to submitting the online application. You will be required to provide a link/url to your final video(s) in the application. Links that require the video to be downloaded are not accepted. Additionally, please do not provide links that require an invitation to a specific email address to view (such as in the “private” setting for YouTube uploads).

Note that you do not need to compromise your privacy in order to submit a video. To keep your videos private on YouTube, choose the “unlisted” setting (instead of the default “public” setting) when you upload your video. An “unlisted” video will not be publicly viewable in your YouTube channel and cannot be found through a YouTube search. Vimeo users can update their privacy settings by selecting “People with the private link” under “Who can watch”. This will hide the video from your Vimeo channel and searches.  For an added layer of privacy on Vimeo, you can add a password by selecting “people with the password,” which you must then provide on the SAB application.

Note that in order to upload a video longer than 15 minutes on YouTube, you must verify your account. Instructions for doing so are included here.

If you have difficulty providing a video through one of these services, please contact fellows@sab.org to inquire about alternative submission methods.

Consider the following in preparing your video:

  • Include modified barre and center work (including pointe work) for students you currently teach (no more than 45 minutes per class).
  • If applicable, you may include separate teaching samples for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students (including pointe).
  • Teacher and students should be visible throughout the class
  • Teacher’s instructions should be audible and clear and not overpowered by music or other background noises
  • Highlight teacher’s ability to give clear directions and corrections, rather than student performance.

Submission Instructions and Pre-Application Form

Applications for the School of American Ballet’s Visiting Fellows Program applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2021.  There is no cost associated with the Visiting Fellows Program application.

Please complete the following steps in order to apply:

1. Complete the online pre-application form below. (Please submit this form, which collects your basic contact information, prior to submitting an application so that we know to expect your application.)

2. Prepare your applications materials as outlined above and submit the full online application in which you will have an opportunity to input or upload the items listed in the “How to Apply” section.  After submitting the pre-application, you’ll receive a link to complete the final full application.