Ballet VB announces fellowship initiative for dancers

news release

Ballet Vero Beach is thrilled to unveil a brand-new fellowship program beginning Fall 2022. Working with Indian River State College and The Learning Alliance, Ballet Vero Beach is establishing a unique program that combines professional performance experience with the company, quality higher education with Indian River State College, and unmatched training in arts integration, arts literacy, and the science of teaching with The Learning Alliance.
The Fellowship Initiative will be completely free for applicants with Florida residency, and, at the end of the two-year program, fellows will emerge with an Associate Degree from Indian River State College, résumé building professional experience with Ballet Vero Beach, additional arts training within the Performing and Visual Arts Department of Indian River State College, ancillary education from The Learning Alliance, and hands-on teaching experience provided through Ballet Vero Beach’s education and engagement initiatives.
Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to thrive in both the college and company environments offered by this unique program.
The Fellowship Initiative has been in development by all three organizations for the past several years. Ballet Vero Beach Artistic Director/CEO Adam Schnell states that the new program was born out of necessity. “With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, dwindling job opportunities for young dancers, and our desire to assist The Learning Alliance and The School District of Indian River County in their quest to attract, train, and retain top quality teaching talent in the district, we saw an opportunity to really make an impact.” The initiative has the potential to reach well beyond the enrolled fellows and change the face of the region.
To learn more about the program, and to apply, please visit

About Ballet Vero Beach:
The mission of Ballet Vero Beach is to promote the art of dance as a universal language in our community and beyond. The organization seeks to accomplish this goal with performances by our professional company, the presentation of reputable national and international dance artists, and through our educational and community outreach programs. As the professional dance organization between Palm Beach and Orlando, the company is working to become the most enmeshed and accessible arts organization in the area, is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for the arts in our community and beyond, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all in all of our activities and programs.
About Indian River State College:
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to the residents of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. The College, ranked second-most-affordable in the nation, serves 26,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates, and applied technology diplomas. It is a recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Learn more at
About The Learning Alliance:
The Learning Alliance is committed to creating a better tomorrow by taking a stand for our children today. By uniting an entire community to reimagine education, we are working together to cultivate literate, creative and compassionate citizens who will improve our world. 

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