Artist Residency Program


In an effort to provide support to emerging local artists, Southern California Ballet is inaugurating an artist residency program. The program provides studio space to professional dancers and choreographers wishing to develop new work and further their creativity whilst sharing their knowledge and experience with our students and community.

At the end of the residency, the artists will hold a performance or showcase of their work, to be followed by a Q&A.

Southern California Ballet welcomes experimental projects, collaborations, and ideas. In particular, classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballet-based choreography with a strong emphasis on the narrative aspect of dance is encouraged.


Suggested length: 1-4 weeks
Preferred times of year: May-June, September-October*

*Even if applying outside of these months, please submit your application at least four weeks in advance of your proposed start date.

During residency, successful applicants receive:

  • Free use of Southern California Ballet studio space at pre-agreed times of the day (times at the discretion of the SCB artistic team—academy always takes priority) for pre-agreed amount of time to develop choreographic work

  • Performance or presentation opportunity at end of residency

  • Regular feedback and mentorship from Southern California Ballet Artistic Directors, Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley

  • Promotion on Southern California Ballet social media and within our community

  • Paid opportunities to work with dancers of the SCB company level to share and refine the work being developed

Application requirements

Applications are currently accepted on an ongoing basis, but should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the requested start date.

  • Requested schedule, including preferred start and end dates, days, and times

  • Resume/CV of primary applicant(s)

  • Letter of intent, including a description of the project and its goals

  • Please provide links to any relevant materials, including work samples, videos, photos, personal website, inspiration etc.

Post-residency requirements

  • Performance or presentation

  • Q&A

  • An artist statement describing the work, processes, and results of residency at Southern California Ballet, to be submitted within one month of the end of the residency

Artist Residency Applicaton

Past Residents


Marlie Couto & Courtney Mazeika  (November 2018)