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About Us

The Ballet Alliance member companies value rigorous training methods, and innovative choreography, which directly benefit the technical and artistic development of our dancers. Our member Artistic Directors have built a unique and lasting camaraderie that relishes an inspiring support of each other, shared professional development, and networking opportunities.

The members of The Ballet Alliance host an annual 4 day Festival where our dancers take master classes from renowned instructors, participate in dance-related seminars, perform for their peers, and forge new relationships. During the Festival, member dancers are seen by recruiters from world-class ballet schools, professional dance companies, and college & university dance programs. It is common for dancers to be awarded scholarships to summer intensives, early acceptance to higher education dance programs, and receive apprenticeships or professional contracts from Artistic Directors. Over $66,000 in scholarships were distributed at our 2019 Festival in Spokane, WA.

An Evaluation process precedes the Festival. TBA selects a Festival Artistic Director, or a panel of Festival Artistic Directors, who work with each member company. These professionals collaborate with member company Artistic Directors and offer vital advice and support regarding training methods, choreography, board development, and anything else the member company desires. A relationship is forged between member company and Festival Artistic Director which enables growth between their first consultation, an in-person Evaluation, and ultimately collaboration at the Festival. Each Festival Artistic Director directs their own evening, continuing the mentorship through performance. This process strengthens the overall standards of The Ballet Alliance while also enhancing camaraderie between the Festival Artistic Director and their assigned member companies.

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