BALLET INSTRUCTOR OPENING
THE WASHINGTON BALLET @ THEARC (TWB@THEARC)
Job Title: DanceDC Instructor, Community Engagement Department
Location: The Washington Ballet – TWB@THEARC campus, Washington, DC
Reports to: Director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC, Education Programs Manager
The Washington Ballet (TWB) seeks a DanceDC Instructor for TWB’s education outreach program called DanceDC; TWB@THEARC is the headquarters of TWB’s education department and the Southeast Campus of The Washington School of Ballet. This full-time faculty position will be assigned to teach classes at partnered DanceDC schools, and also possibly at The Washington School of Ballet (SE campus)
The candidate will possess 3 to 5 years teaching experience in ballet to children of varying levels especially in outreach setting. The candidate must possess and demonstrate classical ballet knowledge, a willingness to embrace The Washington School of Ballet’s curriculum and demonstrate proficiency in choreography. The candidate will have an understanding of practical forms of dance education including arts experience and arts integration which are essential to the company’s educational mission.
Successful candidates will lead classes and instruct students in ballet at The Washington School of Ballet and in public school settings through the DanceDC program. Collaboration with students, parents, and school and company administration is required. The candidate’s knowledge of community engagement training is a plus. Previous experience in the non-profit sector is preferred. Additional duties include preparing and rehearsing dance routines for a variety of school and community performances.
• Lead and instruct students of ballet and creative movement classes at partnered DanceDC schools and at The Washington School of Ballet at SE campus
• Assist with Annual Spring Showcase, Annual Spring Performance and other unique activities
• Assist with dance rehearsals of The Washington Ballet productions that include children of the School, such as The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), etc.
• Create lesson plans that relate to the educational and artistic goals of the outreach program
• Execute administrative duties assigned to faculty members including writing and completing student progress reports and semester-end student evaluations
• Collaborate with public school teachers at DanceDC schools to develop a cohesive dance curriculum and presentation plan, which combines academic subject learning and dance movement methodology
• Coordinate and guide a culminating presentation for DanceDC students at the conclusion of each session
• Administer, complete, and collect all necessary evaluation tools, surveys, and assessments from students, teachers and administrators at each outreach location • Assist with other duties as assigned
• Strong interpersonal communication skills with children and adults • Ability to control groups of students
• Ability to demonstrate musicality and work with company pianists • Ability to motivate others
• Understanding and ability to carry out health and safety measures • Patience and tenacity
• Ability to work with all ages
• Ability to work independently and as part of the team
• Ability to possess excellent organizational skills
• Ability to stand for prolonged periods
• Ability to carry or lift 40 lbs.
• Ability to get to and from the elementary school and community centers
Bachelor’s degree in dance or dance education with ballet teaching, choreography experience required. 5 years professional dance teaching experience may substitute for degree requirement.
The successful candidates must have both classical training and contemporary sensibilities with an appreciation for dance as a total art form. Teaching experience is required, preferably in a nationally recognized conservatory school and/or outreach setting. Reliable transportation is required. Demonstrated experience in a team environment is desirable. Professional dance performance experience is preferred. Preference is given to candidates with work experience in an urban community setting, those with an adaptable attitude, and those who demonstrate cultural sensitivity, social competencies.
TWB is committed to providing a safe and production learning community. To achieve that goal, TWB conducts background screening for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background check may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
The Washington Ballet is an equal opportunity employer