The EBT Teaching Institute (TI) is a year-round program designed for highly-motivated EBA high school students to apply their technical and artistic skills as trained dancers to the field of teaching and community arts outreach. TI activities can be used as volunteer hours for school and build experience for college and job applications. EBA dancers entering 9th-12th grade are encouraged to participate in TI all four years to gain maximum benefit and exposure to a variety of pedagogy and practicum opportunities that build on one another. 

Year-round TI options allow students to focus on different aspects of teaching, choreography and production necessary for successful entry into the workforce or high-level college programming. TI graduates are well prepared to apply their dance training to a variety of fields of study and professional paths. TI is a perfect complement for the comprehensive technical and artistic curriculum offered at EBT through taking class, rehearsing and performing. 

SUMMER: Teaching large, multi-age groups in a community setting

During the summer, mini teaching internships at the EBA studio (camps for young children) and/or a local school district are available in conjunction with EBA ballet intensives. Pedagogy/classroom management workshops, lesson plans, and feedback sessions are provided for EBA students in grade 9-12 who enroll in summer intensive. View information about Summer 2018 opportunities here

FALL: Teaching methods for preballet, costuming AND production

TI participants attend a workshop on costume design, construction, organization and care. TI assist EBT faculty in preparation and execution of the Petite Nutcracker Suite, a mini-production with PreBallet students. TI observe a 1B class in preparation for Spring lecture on Vaganova method in order to see beginning student progress.

SPRING: Teaching methods for beginning classical ballet, outreach AND PRODUCTION

TI observe a follow-up "B" level class and attend a lecture with Ms. Viktoria on the Vaganova method. In addition, TI students enrolled in Modern 2 or 3 have the opportunity to assume a leadership role in EBT Magic Bus outreach assemblies and lead segments of the presentation. TI students also assist EBT faculty in preparation and execution of the PreBallet Spring Fling.


Side-by-side mentoring is available to a limited number of TI students interested in more in-depth exposure to teaching. They can arrange to assist Ms. Sarah, Ms. Olivia, or Ms. Erin with a PreBallet class on a regular basis.

EBT Seniors and Juniors who show exceptional aptitude, responsibility and interest in teaching may be invited to teach in local school districts, community outreach classes with local partner organizations, or Ballerina Birthday Parties. These positions are for TI students who are ready to represent EBT in the community, and may be paid. 

Outstanding Mentor Scholarship

All TI participants are considered for the Teaching Institute Outstanding Mentor Scholarship for teens.



  • June 12: Teaching Methods Workshop for Summer     
  • July 7: Audience interactive activities training/workshop at studio for Magic Bus BSD performances
  • July 9-13: Magic Bus morning performances & preschool classes at Bellevue schools
  • July and August: Internships at summer camps and classes - Email sarahj@emeraldballet.org to arrange