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The Ballet Master works directly under the Artistic Director's supervision. The work relies on applying extensive knowledge of ballet and teaching techniques for various classes and rehearsals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned;
- Coach all ranks of company dancers
- Teach technique class for company dancers on a regular basis and for Academy students occasionally
- Stage various classical and contemporary ballets
- Prepare and rehearse company and academy dancers for productions and performances
- Assist outside choreographers and repetiteurs during the creation and/or rehearsal process, documenting repertoire details for artistic department records
- Understand and follow the Basic Agreement between Houston Ballet and the American Guild of Musical Artists
- Support the learning, development, and progress of the dancers
- Work closely with the Artistic Planning Coordinator in developing and revising daily rehearsal schedules
- Coordinate and communicate necessary casting changes to administrative staff promptly
- Attend all performances
- Must be willing to tour with the company as needed
- Assist in the recruitment and audition process for new dancers
- Professional experience with a classical ballet company is required. Previous Ballet Master experience preferred
- Principal coaching experience on a wide range of repertoire
- Substantial experience teaching professional, classically-trained dancers
- Extensive knowledge of classical repertoire and dance in its current and past forms is essential
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and team-building skills
- Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail and word processing as well as technological skills operating audio/visual equipment in the studios
- Knowledge of union contracts
- Positive attitude and inspiring presence
- Ability to develop strong working relationships with fellow Ballet Masters, Artistic Director, Artistic Administrative and Company Management Staff, Production, Stage Management, Academy, Wardrobe, and other departments as needed
- Tuesday – Saturday between 9am and 6:45pm with ability to work nights and weekends for performances and/or auditions as necessary.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Statement:
Houston Ballet Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.
Houston Ballet embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. We recognize our responsibility to be an open, welcoming, and anti-racist organization where students, artists, staff, trustees, and volunteers of all backgrounds collaboratively learn, work, and serve. Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are instrumental in the fulfillment of our mission and values. We address the challenges of our future in a culture that honors what is unique in all of us. Join us, together we are Houston Ballet.
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- EXCELLENCE: We are passionate about results. Our programs are recognized and awarded for excellence. We are committed to delivering quality programs at the highest standard. Work in all departments matches the caliber of the programming on stage.
- ENGAGED: We are proud to be a part of a company that produces art and trains artists. We attend performances and are tremendous advocates for the education and community engagement programs we offer. We are “all in” and well-versed in the mission of Houston Ballet.
- DRIVEN: We are driven to take goals and run with them. We are excited to deliver results beyond expectations. We are accountable for our actions and work. We reinvent Standard Operations Procedures, leaving our jobs better than we found them. Much of our work product becomes the standard for individuals who will fill our roles in the years to come.
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