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Teacher Fellowship

July 19 - August 10, 2014

The Teacher Fellowship is a three-week immersion experience in the Festival's Professional Training Program that offers practicing high school dance educators a chance to refresh and renew their passion for teaching and gain valuable new insights and information to enhance their classroom and creative work.

In 2014 the Festival is offering a limited number of full fellowships to experienced dance educators who are currently teaching dance full-time in grades 9-12. Transportation is the responsibility of the applicant. Fellows must enroll full-time (4 courses) including the Teacher's Toolkit course. 

To Apply

Applicants must submit the required Professional Training Program application form (available Jan. 13) along with a resume of recent related work experience and a one-page letter articulating your interest in dance education and how this fellowship will support your goals.  All application materials must be received by Monday, March 24. Do NOT rely on overnight mail. Late applications will not be considered.

Comments from past Fellows:


“Coming to Bates was like a life preserver for me that lifted me up and gave me the courage, friends, support, inspiration, desire and motivation to continue on in dance. This was one of the best things I could have done for myself.” Krista DiLello, Lone Peak High School, Utah

The quality of the experiences from technique classes to performances were eye opening and will touch my spirit forever. How wonderful to have a chance to sit and talk with others around the country and the world. This is truly a safe place to be as a learner, performer and artist.” Kathy Follensbee, Dr Phillips High School, Florida

“I really feel that I have so much more to offer my students. I feel renewed and inspired. Thank you for helping me rediscover why I teach dance.” Caroline Schmidt, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Florida

"My experience at Bates has helped reinvigorate my teaching. I have been able to introduce new concepts to my students and I have created relationships with other dance teachers from around the country who will be great resources as I strive to improve my teaching.” Lora Ruttan, Youth Performing Arts School, Kentucky

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