Accompanist (for Adaptive Dance and/or Citydance) Part-Time

Job Type

Part Time




19 Clarendon Street
United States


About this Organization:

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers.  Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.



Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI), aims to make ballet accessible and cultivate a new generation of life-long arts advocates and participants.  The department’s programs serve a range of community constituents. Its educational programs, Adaptive Dance, Citydance, and ECI on Location, engage students from grades pre-K-12 and adults in Boston’s public schools and communities.


About the Educational Programs with Accompaniment:

Citydance:  provides third grade students in Boston Public Schools with a tuition-free introduction to dance education. Our approach cultivates an appreciation of movement, enhances cultural awareness, and fosters creativity and self-expression through two distinct acts. Must be available during weekday school hours (academic school year only).  

Adaptive Dance:  provides creative movement instruction to individuals with disabilities ages 2 through adult. Students can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality, and personal/social growth. Must be available on Saturdays (fall and spring only).


ECI Accompanists are an integral part of the programs’ teaching teams. In the Adaptive Dance program, percussionists and/or pianists both accompany the students and also lead some aspects of the class for students to practice musicality. In the Adaptive Dance and Citydance programs, accompanists play for ballet and creative movement classes. The successful candidate will have experience with a variety of music styles and approaches to playing, and will have enthusiasm for working with youth and accompanying dance.



Under the supervision and direction of the Program Manager, the accompanist will fulfill all responsibilities as indicated below in a professional manner fully consistent with the policies and practices of the Department.

  • Provide accompaniment to support movement activities in class
  • Adjust music to follow the needs of the class and teachers
  • Use music and accompaniment to help maintain attention, engagement, and participation
  • Support student development of rhythm and musicality
  • Make accommodations to ensure individual participant needs are met
  • Communicate with other staff to ensure cohesive instruction
  • Attend all Boston Ballet Staff and Faculty meetings and teacher training seminars as scheduled
  • Perform other related duties as requested



Adaptive Dance (Boston/Newton)- September 15th-November 17th and March 9th-May 18th, Saturdays 8:00-9:00am.

Adaptive Dance (North Shore)- September 18th-November 20th and March 5th-May 14th, Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm.

Citydance Act II- January 29th-April 6th, Tuesday to Friday 10:00am-12:00 noon.

Mandatory Orientation -  Saturday September 8th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Strongly recommended training on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, 29th from 8:30am-4:00pm.



  • Music education experience preferred
  • Experience with a variety of music styles, instruments, and techniques
  • Experience working with youth and adolescents from diverse backgrounds preferred
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities (preferred for Adaptive Dance)
  • Enthusiasm for working with youth and a commitment to students’ growth and development through the arts
  • Availability during the school day and/or Saturdays during the program dates/times

Boston Ballet is an equal employment opportunity employer

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to by June 22, 2018. IMPORTANT –PLEASE INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE POSITION AND PROGRAM FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL. No phone calls please.