"I do not teach children, I give them joy." Isadora Duncan, choreographer
Teaching Artists are the lifeblood of our program and our most valuable asset.
To ensure unity of purpose and intention, we train all prospective teachers extensively in classroom management skills and curricular integration, as well as ballroom training in our step syllabus. We are currently seeking Teaching Artists who have:
The belief that every child can learn and excel, regardless of his/her shape, size, family situation or ethnic background
A passion for dance and creative expression that is easily communicated to, and contagious among, children
Self confidence in his/her dance and artistic abilities
High expectations for what every child can achieve through the program
An ability to express him/herself verbally in such a way that deserves attention
An understanding of children’s classroom dynamics and how to manage behaviour
Flexibility and a good sense of humor
Specifically, a Teaching Artist candidate should:
Have experience working with children. This experience could come from teaching school, being a camp counselor, being a Sunday School teacher, even as a parent. Understanding the developmental realities of 10 to 13-year-old children is important.
Have a dance/creative expression background – not necessarily as a professional
Have the ability to commit to part-time work during the day, Monday-Friday, for approximately 13 weeks in either the Fall, Winter, or Spring school semesters