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Professional Apprenticeship

New Ballet established the paid trainee program in 2005 as an opportunity for student artists to further their training after high school on the professional level. The program was formalized in 2020 and became known as the Teaching and Performing Artist Apprenticeship program. Apprentices participate in the program full-time or part-time. Funded professional development includes training with the American Ballet Theater Teacher Training ProgramDance Education Laboratory and the National Dance Institute. New Ballet is dedicated to providing apprentices with the training they need to succeed as future performers and teaching artists, whether they remain in Memphis or ascend to the world’s great stages! Past participants include New Ballet alums Breana Moore, Ron K. Brown Evidence, A Dance CompanyMaxx Reed Spiderman Turn off the Dark; and Charles “Lil Buck” Riley (Wikipedia).

Each year, apprentices build their skills in dance performance, instruction, choreography, costuming, and professional skills. Apprentices train alongside New Ballet Teaching Artists and with guest artists and choreographers. Other opportunities include certification training with national curricula experts, participation in national conferences, membership in professional arts associations, and more.

Meet our current apprentices:

Lauryn Adair

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice
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Makayla Balfour (she/her)

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice
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Jeremy Bowers (he/him)

Performing Artist Apprentice
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Asher Bruce (he/they)

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice, Pathways Program, Studio Technique
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Rhaniyah Chism

Rhaniyah Chism (she/her)

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice, Pathways Program and Hip Hop
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Sam Martin (he/him)

Teaching Assistant and Costume Manager
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Charlye Murrell

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice

Lily Reynolds

Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice
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TPAAs contribute 20 to 30 hours per week in classes and rehearsals on salary, rising to full-time status as teaching and performing artists at New Ballet within four years. Apprentices also perform in all New Ballet mainstage productions and are involved in the regular programming as assistant instructors for New Ballet classes and Pathways residency programs. residency programs. Previous apprentices have also had the privilege to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, and the National Museum of African American history. They regularly lead school performances throughout Shelby County.

If you want to join New Ballet’s Teaching and Performing Artist Apprenticeship Program, visit our Careers page or email us at careers@newballet.org.