Employment Opportunities

Current Job Openings:

POSITION:      Chaperone to Ballet Austin Student Performers
REPORTS TO:     Vicki Parsons
COMPENSATION:     $10.50 per hour worked – number of hours and schedule varies

The primary responsibility of Nutcracker “Kid Wranglers” will be to supervise and assist student performers (children ages 8-17) during their time at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Part-time temporary position during the dates of Ballet Austin’s run of The Nutcracker (December 3, 2015-December 23, 2015).
  • Work hours will be scheduled based on production and staffing need and staff availability
  • Assist with check-in and check-out of student cast members
  • Chaperone/supervise student cast members in backstage dressing room area
  • Assist with hair and costumes as needed under supervision of Production staff
  • Supervise student cast members to and from stage at performance time
  • Carry out additional assignments as directed by Production staff

  1. Pre-screening application and Criminal Background check completed and on file with Ballet Austin
  2. Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent preferred
  3. Ability to work within a professional production environment
  4. Willingness to follow directions and procedures in a busy environment
  5. Ability to work with children
  6. Ability to give directions to children and maintain order
  7. Experience working with groups of children preferable
  8. Ability to work within a team setting
  9. Dependable and reliable

For consideration, please complete the application and return to:
Vicki Parsons (confidential)
Ballet Austin Attn: Vicki Parsons 501 W. 3rd St Austin, Texas 78701
Email: vicki.parsons@balletaustin.org

POSITION TITLE:                  Resident Instructor of Dance
REPORTS TO:                        
Director of Academy
Full-Time; 34-week Academy school year, 6-week Summer Intensive
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT:        Exempt
Commensurate with experience

Ballet Austin is a 59-year old nonprofit organization that is home to one of the largest professional contemporary ballet companies and classical ballet academies in the United States.  Led by Executive Director Cookie Ruiz and Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin operates as a 501(c)3, consisting of a professional ballet company, apprentice company, trainee program, ballet academy and community dance and fitness center that offers a variety of dance and conditioning classes to the general public.

The Resident Instructor of Dance will teach ballet technique and related styles (pointe, variations, partnering) to Ballet Austin Academy Lower and Upper School students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; the position also maintains a commitment to teaching the core curriculum and syllabus prescribed by Ballet Austin artistic staff (influenced by the teaching of Truman Finney and Marcia Dale Weary).

The successful candidate will demonstrate ballet as a first language, work well in a collaborative work environment, be committed to a cohesive approach to training, and exhibit a breadth of understanding of newer disciplines in addition to classical ballet.


  • Teach in the Academy as determined by the Academy Director
  • Teach in the Summer Intensive Program as determined by the Academy Director
  • Participate in ongoing teacher training and professional development as determined by the Curriculum Director
  • Participate in student evaluations as determined by the Academy Director
  • Participate in student rehearsals/performances as determined by the Academy Director


  • Evidence of excellence in ballet technique
  • Demonstrated experience in pedagogy in a variety of teaching methods
  • Evidence of professional career as an instructor and/or substantial professional teaching experience

PREFERRED START DATE: On or before September of 2016
TO APPLY: Please send letter of application and resume, three current letters of recommendation and list of references to:

William Piner
Academy Director
Ballet Austin

501 W. 3rd Street
Austin, TX 78701
512.501.8704, ext.123

Review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Ballet Austin is committed to enhancing the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff. Hiring and other employment-related decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance and other employment-related criteria. It is the policy of Ballet Austin to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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