Oregon Ballet Theatre seeks




This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT), a classically-based professional ballet company established in 1989 in Portland, Oregon. The company performs an annual season of programs while participating in many community events, as well as regional and national touring. OBT has grown from being a respected regional company to one of national significance, and developed a reputation for breaking the boundaries of what people expect from a night at the ballet. The OBT School is recognized as one of the premiere ballet schools in the country. OBT’s work in dance education includes a far-reaching community engagement program, connecting with students and adults throughout the Portland metropolitan region and Oregon.

OBT is supported by an actively engaged Board, respected executive leadership, 250 committed and talented staff, healthy finances, and a pre-pandemic budget approaching $9 million.


OBT is committed to the vitality of ballet as an art form that is accessible to everyone. We seek people who have lived, volunteer and/or have professional experience partnering, communicating, and engaging with communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other communities.


OBT is seeking professional part-time ballet teachers who specialize in early years classes (ages 3-7) and foundational ballet training levels (ages 8-12), as well as contemporary dance teachers. Areas of strength should include excellent classroom management and motivation, positive engagement with students, and extensive knowledge and education in the art of teaching ballet. Candidates will have significant teaching experience, good references, and be willing to teach sample classes as part of the interview process.

There may be available part-time teaching hours within our summer programs, and definitely a need for extra staff in the fall.


Please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Katarina.Svetlova@obt.org for consideration. Please include your basic teaching philosophy and style, and what skills and strengths you hope to bring to OBT School. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled.