Ballet Theatre of Phoenix offers multiple programs for the young dancer ages 3+: the Primary Ballet Program, Classical Ballet Program and Dance for All.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide excellent classical ballet instruction that trains the whole dancer in order to help students understand themselves not only as an artist and performer, but also as a person.

Our School

Ballet Theatre of Phoenix is a school where students come to develop their artistry, skill, understanding, and passion for classical ballet. We offer the finest quality education in a beautiful new training facility in the heart of Phoenix. Our faculty brings a blend of experience, knowledge, artistry, and compassion to the studio. This creates an environment where each student is guided to reach their fullest potential. We see not only what the student has to offer right now, but what they have the ability to become with careful, individualized instruction. Ballet Theatre of Phoenix is dedicated to nurturing a future generation of dancers, perpetuating the art of the classical ballet, and passing on the rich heritage of ballet to future generations.


Our Curriculum

Our school curriculum follows the ABT National Training Curriculum.


ABT’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s National Training Curriculum was designed and written by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with ABT’s Artistic Advisors and the Medical Advisory Board. ABT’s National Training Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

Our Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of experienced dance-educators who have immersed themselves in the art of dance. BTP teachers continue to educate themselves and grow as artists in order to maintain the highest standard of excellence in dance education.


Ballet Theatre of Phoenix is happy to be the home of Convergence Ballet. They have become Phoenix’s answer to the summer-long drought; offering both dancers and dance enthusiasts alike the opportunity to enjoy an evening of quality ballet pieces with an edge. Convergence Ballet dancers push themselves to explore different movements rooted in classical ballet; capturing the audience whether they are wearing slippers, pointe shoes or bare feet.

Employment Opportunities

School Director

School Director | Ballet Theatre of Phoenix

The School Director is responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing the artistic vision and focus of BTP and the educational curriculum for the school articulating this vision internally and to the community. The School Director will plan and execute the BTP’s productions, education and training programs. They will possess a clear understanding of and commitment to the heritage of classical ballet while having the ability to move and mold the art form into the future, building greater audience engagement. The expectation is that the next School Director will bring a breadth of artistic perspective. The Search Committee will consider candidates who have not previously held School Director positions, but applicants will need to have experience in artistic management and/or artistic administration.


Although no one individual will likely meet all criteria, these qualifications will guide and inform the Search Committee in determining its next School Director:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years experience as a supervisor.
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years experience with children in a developmental setting.
  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have valid Driver's License and reliable transportation.
  • Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office


  • Oversee all operations of Ballet Theatre of Phoenix programs and departments programs to ensure the highest quality training.
  • Oversee the hiring, training, development, and supervision of staff team to include Instructors, Office Staff, and Interns.
  • Weekly staff meetings as needed to meet the needs of the school.
  • Administrative duties include budget management, employee timecard approval and management, staff scheduling, working with marketing team to create promotional materials, supervising communication between the school and families, and others as the need arises.
  • Represents and promotes Ballet Theatre of Phoenix by developing positive working and collaborative relationships with all key school personnel and families.
  • Fosters a climate of innovation and resolves problems to ensure member/employee satisfaction.
  • Support the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix’s mission through volunteer development and assist in the Annual Campaign.
  • Participate in PLIES as well as pertinent outreach programs.


  • Deep knowledge of classical ballet repertoire as well as modern and contemporary work from diverse choreographers, from both performance and production perspectives.
  • A highly accomplished ballet artist – a skilled teacher / coach with the ability to maintain high artistic standards within the school – who has experience in staging and producing.
  • A supportive leader with a demonstrated commitment to developing and empowering a diverse school of dancers.
  • An abiding commitment to dance training for children, young people, and adults.


  • Ability to articulate an exciting and inspirational vision.
  • A strategic thinker and planner, with the desire and ability to work collaboratively with a Production Director, Convergence Ballet Director, and a Board of Directors.


  • Engaged and open-minded, eager to explore multiple viewpoints and perspectives and willing to transform and grow.
  • Strong social and interpersonal skills and a desire to represent the Ballet in multiple contexts.
  • A deep commitment to developing dancers, from early training through professional career.
  • A desire to be part of the Phoenix community.


The salary ($45K+, private lessons additional income) The School hopes to make its decision by late 2024, with the new School Director onsite by fall 2024.


Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply in complete confidence by providing materials requested below with these guidelines:

  • A cover letter of no more than 1.5 pages describing why this post is attractive to the applicant and what will make them a potentially strong artistic leader for BTP.
  • Resumé or CV, including links to teaching samples. Other video samples illustrative of the candidate’s artistry are welcome.
  • Each file should have the applicant’s name included as part of the file name and submitted as separate .pdf documents.

Three professional references, including email and phone contact information, will be requested after the initial interview. (Recommendation letters are not required).

Once all materials have been submitted online, the applicant will receive a confirmation of their submission via the email address provided in the application. Applications may be submitted to with “BTP School Director Search” in the subject line.