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Professional Exchange Visit Series: The Business of Ballet

Professional Exchange Visit Series: The Business of Ballet

EACE Blog contribution by Angelique Torres Kim, Associate Director of Employer Relations, Salem State University 

Where can college representatives get a tour of the only in-house costume shop for a Ballet company in the United States and participate in a rare viewing of a Company rehearsal?  On Thursday, June 19th, the Boston Ballet provided that opportunity to over 20 professionals.

The Boston Ballet is the 4th largest Company in the United States and currently employs 180 employees and between 500-600 part-time employees.

Boston Ballet’s mission is to bring new levels of excellence to ballet — both on and off stage.  It accomplishes this through a process that is inclusive in scope, education, and creative.  The Boston Ballet has a dedication to continual enrichment and development of all of its constituencies by illuminating the technical and artistic elements of dance, music, and the related theater arts.  Zakiya Thomas, Director of Education and Community Initiatives, shed some light on the visit and why she got involved with the program.


Credit: Boston Ballet

What does the Boston Ballet hope to gain from participating in the Professional Exchange Visits program?

Boston Ballet sees the exchange as a significant opportunity to heighten public awareness of professional work opportunities within an arts non-profit organization.  However, the experience also enables Boston Ballet staff and leadership teams to understand the dynamic nature of collegiate career services work as well.   Ultimately, the program strengthens our respective networks, lays the groundwork for a slate of unique higher education partnerships and provides career service personnel with a tool kit that helps illuminate what we do on stage, in the studio and in the community.

Why should employers be involved in the Program?

The identification of existing and potential talent is an essential part of the growth and development of any organization.  A thriving organization is one that can remain relevant and is able to adapt in a changing public, private or non-profit landscape.  The exchange program streamlines the process through which institutions can access individuals with an array of skills and strengths.  This is particularly beneficial for an organization like Boston Ballet where there are an abundance of career opportunities that students might not be aware of but require more than dance training.  From production to finance, event planning to music, education to marketing and everything in between, Boston Ballet has a lot to offer a potential employee.

What did participants experience during the visit?

Participants had a rare opportunity to explore Boston Ballet’s facilities on 19 Clarendon Street, which includes a suspended glass board room, world class studios, a costume shop and more. They then had the opportunity to learn about college intern and ambassador opportunities as well as pathways to professional leadership directly from Boston Ballet Senior Staff.  A Q&A session followed.

What would people be surprised to know about the Boston Ballet and/or working for a non-profit?

Not everyone is an arts and/or dance aficionado!

The Boston Ballet provides undergraduate and graduate internships for students in various departments, including Marketing, Development, Education, and Community Initiatives, Boston Ballet School, and Wardrobe.  These positions are available throughout the academic year and/or during the summer.  To learn more about internship opportunities with the Boston Ballet, please visit

Are you interested in a Professional Exchange Visit?  There is still time to register for visits taking place throughout the summer across the eastern seaboard.  Please click here to learn more.


Angelique Torres

Angelique Torres

Angelique Torres Kim was a Recruiter in the University Relations space in the private sector.  She is now the Associate Director of Employer Relations with Salem State University.  Prior to joining the Salem State Team, Angelique was the Employer Outreach Specialist at Endicott College within the Career Center where she built the foundation for the Employer Outreach Initiative.  She has served on the Board of the Career Counselors Consortium, Northeast and currently serves on the Road Trips to the Real World and Professional Exchange Visits Committees through the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE).  She presented during the EACE Annual Conference in May 2013.  Angelique holds her MA in Organizational and Corporate Communication from Emerson College.

Angelique is a connector and has a passion for helping others by making connections that fulfills the needs of both students and employers.


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