National Visiting Fellows Program

Kay Mazzo and Katrina Killian working with 2018-19 Visiting Fellow Lanette Costas.

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.


As a result of the continued threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, SAB has made the difficult decision to postpone invitations for the 2020-21 National Visiting Fellows Program. Fellowships for the 2019-2020 cohort have been extended through the spring of 2021.

SAB intends to welcome a new cohort of National Visiting Fellows in 2021-22 and anticipates communicating more about the application process in the spring of 2021.

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

Dates to be announced in spring 2021.


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.

Application instructions and submission deadlines will be announced in spring 2021. Contact Elise Drew León, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at for more information.