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.

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 2020.

2020-21 Visiting Fellows Dates

Fall Session: Monday, October 5 – Saturday, October 10, 2020

Spring Session: Monday, March 15 – Saturday, March 20, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the fellowship, you must:
  • Be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2020.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Visiting Fellows Program must submit the following:
  • A résumé or CV, which must include dance training, professional performing experience (if applicable), and teaching experience.
  • A written description of the candidate’s current position, an overview of the home studio’s mission/operations, and the demographics of the home studio’s student body (including size, ages, and racial/ethnic composition).
  • A letter of intent and personal statement, explaining why the candidate is interested in participating in the Fellowship and describing the candidate’s commitment to teaching diverse student populations (500-1000 words).
  • A statement from the home studio’s artistic director acknowledging the application of the candidate and indicating the studio’s willingness to allow the candidate to participate in the Fellowship if selected. (n/a if applicant is the studio’s artistic director)
  • A teaching sample in video format demonstrating modified ballet classes (approximately 45 minutes per class), including barre and center. The purpose of the video application is to demonstrate how the teacher applies corrections during class. Therefore:
    •  Teacher and students should be visible throughout the video.
    • Teacher’s instructions to students should be audible and clear.
    • Video should highlight teacher’s corrections, not student performance.
    • Three separate teaching samples should be submitted for 8-10-year-old beginning students, 11-13-year-old intermediate students, and Advanced students (including pointe) if possible.


    Note: If applicant does not regularly teach any one of the above age groups (and reflects that information in their job description), the relevant age group(s) may be eliminated from the video sample.

Update for applicants as of March 18, 2020:
Current dance studio and school closures as a result of COVID-19 may be an impediment to fulfilling the teaching sample requirement prior to the deadline on June 30, 2020. This should not deter applicants from submitting an application. Contact with any concerns or questions.

Submission Instructions

Applications for the School of American Ballet’s Visiting Fellows Program applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2020. All materials sent by mail must be postmarked by June 30th, 2020. 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. (Please submit this form, which collects your basic contact information, just prior to submitting an application so that we know to expect your application.)

2. Submit your application package, which must include:


  • A current resume or CV.
  • The written description of your current position, home studio, student demographics, and any current outreach programs.
  • The letter of intent, as described in the “How to Apply” section
  • A statement of support from the home studio’s artistic director, including contact information. (n/a if the applicant is the studio’s artistic director)

To submit these materials digitally, please email these documents as attachments to Please include “Visiting Fellows Application: (Applicant Name)” in the email subject heading. To submit these materials by U.S. Mail, UPS, Fedex, etc., please use the mailing address below.

3. Submit a teaching sample in video format. (Please refer to the requirements above.) You may submit the teaching sample in one of two ways:

-Email a link to your uploaded video (DropBox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to, with “Visiting Fellows Teaching Sample: (Applicant Name)” in the subject line. If choosing this method, please make sure that the video is not password protected, or that you provide us with the video password;

-Submit a DVD to the address below.

Mailing Address for Application Materials:
Elise Drew León
The School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
Decision notification: Applicants will be notified of their application status by early August 2020.