5 Reasons to Apply to SAB’s National Visiting Fellows Program

Are you a ballet teacher committed to nurturing students from diverse backgrounds who is looking to expand your classroom experience? SAB is currently accepting applications for our 2023-24 National Visiting Fellows Program. Here are five reasons why you should apply to this memorable experience!

1. Two, all-expenses paid trips to New York City

There is no better way to learn all things SAB than to experience studio life firsthand at our Lincoln Center headquarters. Fellows are invited to attend two all-expenses-paid sessions during SAB’s Winter Term. During each session, Fellows will participate in a variety of educational and community-building activities with SAB faculty and students. Fellows also receive a $1,000 stipend for each onsite residency at SAB, as well as a complimentary ticket to a New York City Ballet performance while in season.

2. Observe a complete range of SAB Winter Term classes

Our National Visiting Fellows Program gives participants the exciting opportunity to observe a wide assortment of SAB classes taught by expert faculty members who provide students an education in classical ballet shaped by the renowned George Balanchine. Fellows are invited to observe a variety of classes including ballet technique, pointe, partnering and variations, as well as rehearsals for choreography projects and other unique performance opportunities. Fellows are also exposed to a range of levels from beginners to advanced students to better understand the SAB syllabus for various skill levels. 

3. Meet with SAB faculty members 

In addition to observing classes, Fellows also have the chance to meet with SAB faculty members to discuss training methods and how to apply SAB’s curriculum to their own classroom. Fellows dive into the course structure and break down movements with ease alongside SAB’s skilled faculty. SAB faculty member and Children’s Division Manager Katrina Killian meets one-on-one with Fellows and answers questions on technique, the SAB syllabus, and more!

4. Teach an SAB class 

After observing classes and learning the curriculum, each Fellow has the opportunity to teach an SAB class during the second session of their residency. While utilizing the SAB curriculum, Fellows lead the classroom and engage with SAB students who are eager to learn. SAB faculty provides helpful feedback for each class so that Fellows can be sure the technique they’ve learned can be translated to their students back home.

5. Meet with School Leadership to discuss diversity and inclusion in ballet

SAB’s National Visiting Fellows Program is geared towards dance educators passionate about serving students of color and/or underrepresented communities. During the Fellows Program, participants will meet with SAB leadership to discuss diversity and inclusion in ballet. Fellows will also receive a $5,000 grant to support diversity initiatives for their affiliated school.


Interested in becoming a Fellow for the 2023-2024 school year? Applications to become one of our National Visiting Fellows are open through the end of June. Apply below: 

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