The Name of the Corporation shall be “CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.”
(The Council of Organized Researchers for Pedagogical Studies)
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 advocate for diversity, inclusion and access across all aspects of the ballet field including training, education, and scholarship
- 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
Individual Membership is open to all dance educators who actively work or have worked in higher education as ballet faculty; those 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. Individual membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Individual members are eligible to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and encouraged to serve on committees. Individual members have one vote in decision-making and election processes.
Retired Membership is open to all retired dance educators who have worked in higher education as ballet faculty; 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 membership is granted upon the completion of the application and payment of annual dues. Retired members are eligible to participate in all aspects of the Corporation and encouraged to serve on committees. Retired members have one vote in decision-making and election processes.
Graduate Student Membership is open to students currently enrolled in a graduate dance program and to graduate students interested in promoting ballet in higher education. 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 one vote in decision-making and election processes.
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.
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.
Committees may be established to carry on the programs of the Corporation.
In order to maintain accurate archival records of the activities of the Corporation and its membership, an historian will be appointed.
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.
Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics shall be established by the membership to define standards of professional conduct of Corporation members.
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.
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.