Constitution

Constitution

Article I

Name

The Name of the Corporation shall be “CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.”
(The Council of Organized Researchers for Pedagogical Studies)

Article II

Objectives

The CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. is a professional non-profit Corporation dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education and to the service and promotion of the art of ballet.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • To serve and support the community of university and college teachers of ballet
    • To foster excellence in ballet teaching, creation, performance, and research
    • To promote recognition of the contributions that dance, ballet in particular, and the other arts, in general, apply to society
    • To sponsor and initiate activities and research related to these goals
    • To serve as a ballet emphasis resource for graduate students and dance professionals who teach in higher and secondary education

Article III

Membership

Professional Membership is open to all dance professionals who have worked in higher education as tenured, tenure-track, full-time, adjunct or part-time ballet faculty both past and present. Professional membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Professional members are eligible to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and encouraged to serve on committees. Professional members have ONE vote in decision-making and election processes.

Associate Membership is open to all dance professionals who work with higher education programs on a guest artist basis or who work in professional and pre-professional companies, secondary education and pre-professional and professional training schools and studios. Associate membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Associate members are eligible to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and encouraged to serve on committees. Associate members have no vote in decision-making and election processes.

Graduate Student Membership is open to graduate students who want to network, share their research, and become active in CORPS de Ballet International. Graduate student membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Graduate students are eligible to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and encouraged to serve on committees. Graduate student members have no vote in decision-making and election processes.

Retired Professional Membership is open to all retired dance professionals who have worked in higher education as tenured, tenure-track, full-time, adjunct or part-time ballet faculty and want to participate in CORPS de Ballet International. Retired professional membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Retired professional members are eligible and encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and have ONE vote in decision-making and election processes.

Retired Associate Membership is open to all retired dance professionals who have worked with higher education programs on a guest artist basis or who have worked in professional and pre-professional companies, secondary education and pre-professional and professional training schools and studios.  Retired associate members are eligible and encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Corporation with the exception of voting privileges. Retired associate members have no vote in decision-making and election processes.

Article IV

Dues

To meet the expenses of the Corporation, an annual fee shall be paid by each member, the amount to be proposed by the Board of Directors and ratified by the membership. Dues for all members are payable upon application for membership, and thereafter annually on a date set by the Board of Directors. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be from January 1 to December 31.

Article V

Government

The Board of Directors will consist of the elected officers plus a minimum of three elected board members. The officers shall be President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Board members must chair a standing committee with the exception of President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. A Treasurer-elect shall be elected one year prior to the vacancy of office of the Treasurer and will act as a non-voting board member.

Article VI

Committees

Committees may be established to carry on the programs of the Corporation.

Article VII

Historian

In order to maintain accurate archival records of the activities of the Corporation and its membership, an historian will be appointed.

Article VIII

Elections

Elections of officers and board members shall be held as needed at the Annual Membership Meeting, with a slate of nominees to be prepared by the Nominations and Elections Committee, approved by the Board of Directors, and submitted to the membership four weeks prior to the Annual Membership Meeting.

Article IX

Code of Ethics

A Code of Ethics shall be established by the membership to define standards of professional conduct of Corporation members.

Article X

Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern the meeting of the Corporation in all cases where said rules do not conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Corporation. The President shall have the power to appoint a parliamentarian as appropriate.

Article XI

Amendments

The Constitution of the Corporation may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at an Annual Meeting, provided a written notice of the proposed amendment be sent to all members at least four weeks before said meeting.