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Teacher Assistant Program

In its 7th season at Colorado Ballet Society, the Teacher Assistant Program is designed for dancers who aspire to pursue dance instruction in the future.

 

Students are mentored by our faculty to learn

  • Classroom management

  • Execution of a syllabus

  • An introduction to child development 

 

Teacher Assistants gain valuable production and performance experience. As maturing dance students, we give them opportunities to develop responsibility and time management skills in a supportive environment. Hours earned as a TA could potentially be applied towards leadership requirements for NHSDA
or school activities.

 

Requirements: 

  • Dancers Levels Encore 3-5 & Levels 3a-8

  • Danced with Colorado Ballet Society for one or more years

Teacher Assistant Program & Training Progression
(Assigned per Director and Manager discretion)

  • Teacher Assistant Training 1

    • Minimum requirement 1 class/week

    • May not perform with class on stage

    • Attends all TA meetings 1x per month

    • Follows all Commitments & Expectations​

  • Teacher Assistant Training 2

    • Minimum requirement 1 class/week

    • Will perform on stage (if applicable)

    • Attends all TA meetings 1x per month

    • Follow all Commitments & Expectations

    • May be assigned to a specific dancer or group of dancers

      • These dancers are often those who may have conditional support needs​

  • Teacher Assistant Intern

    • Minimum requirement 2 classes/week

    • Will perform on stage (if applicable)

    • Attends all TA meetings

    • Follow all Commitments & Expectations

    • Able to lead warm-up if asked to

    • Leads 1-3 exercises/week

    • May be called to sub for the instructor​

  • ​Teacher Assistant Faculty

    • Minimum requirement 1 class/week – unpaid position

    • Minimum requirement 1 class/week – paid position

    • May or may not perform on stage

    • Attends all TA meetings

    • Follows all Commitments & Expectations

    • Able to lead warm-up if asked to

    • Leads 1-3 exercises/week

    • May be called to sub for the instructor

Commitment

  • Your commitment is for a 45-week school year, August 7th – July 27th .

  • If your schedule does not allow for this time commitment, you must inform us on this application.

  • You are expected to inform us of any absences affecting your TA assignment.

    • 3 unexcused absences will result in dismissal.

  • Any color, modest leotards, and skirt are required for all ballet classes you are assisting. For all other classes, please wear the applicable dress code requirements.

  • You are committing to all designated meetings once a month from 8:00/8:15-9:00 AM.

  • You are committing to assisting as backstage crew, lobby help, dressing room help, or on-stage performer for the Holiday Showcase on December 2023, as well as the Primary Division Performances on May TBD, 2024. This means a commitment to all Dress Rehearsals and Performances on those dates, in addition to in-studio rehearsals 2 weeks prior to performances.

  • You are committing to instructional training with Colorado Ballet Society faculty.

Expectations:

  • It is expected that you will be prepared for the class you are assisting by:

    • Moving barres as necessary

    • Ensuring props are ready to go

    • Turning on/adjusting music as needed

    • Lining students up outside assigned their studio

    • Fill out a timecard each time you assist faculty, attend meetings, or work at a performance

    • If you are unable to attend Dress Rehearsals, you may be dismissed from the program

    • TA may be reassigned at any time based on Director/Management discretion and studio needs

Teacher Assistant Program Rewards

Rewards are based on cumulative hours within the season or if the dancer chooses to leave CBS. All dancers will be invited to an end-of-year party.

  • TA of the Year *

    • ​$100 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

  • Perfect Attendance Award *

    • $50 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

  • Good Attendance Award (>90%) *

    • ​$25 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

  • Super Sub! *

    • ​$10 in Ballet Bucks for each class subbed for the instructor

  • 150 Recorded Hours – Gold Certificate​​

    • $75 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

    • Goodie Bag

  • 100 Recorded Hours – Silver Certificate

    • $50 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

  • 50 Recorded Hours Per Year – Bronze Certificate

    • ​$25 in Ballet Bucks to be used toward tuition or at the Ballerina Boutique

 

*These will be awarded by faculty and staff recommendation and given to one TA.​

2023-2024 Teacher Assistants:

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