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Position: Teaching Assistant / Teacher Training Program

Reports to: School Director

Now accepting applications for the 2016-17 School Year

MMDG believes that access to the arts is essential to everyone. The Dance Center is a place for all members of the community to gather to create, learn, and perform. It has become a major NYC cultural center offering a wide range of education and community programs all with live musical accompaniment-- reflecting the spirit of MMDG in its celebration of music and dance.

SUMMARY:

Teaching Assistants (TAs) assist faculty members with class management in the Children & Teen Program and Dance Camps at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center. TAs must possess a strong interest in dance education, have the maturity and disposition to work with children in a bustling dance center, and have reached advanced proficiency in their own dance training.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help with taking attendance (Check IN and Check OUT)
  • Correct students and/or assist a struggling dancer as the teacher leads the class
  • Correct students who are misbehaving or not following instructions
  • Lead certain warm-ups or exercises when requested by the teacher
  • Escort children to bathroom or water fountain
  • Oversee a group of students during scheduled breaks during dance camps
  • Hand out props or set up items to be used in class
  • Keep an eye out for potential hazards like untied shoe laces or poor spatial awareness while children are dancing
  • Be a source of positive and enthusiastic energy in the class
  • Keep students on task and focused
  • Offer encouragement to dance students during the class
  • Help to line up students and to keep them in line
  • Work seamlessly with the teacher by anticipating his/her needs so that together you can provide a fun and supportive learning environment for younger dancers

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QUALIFICATIONS:

Teaching Trainees should have appropriate dance training and should enjoy working with children. Teaching Assistants must make a commitment to the classes that they assist, attending every scheduled class and finding substitutes for the classes they cannot attend. Absences are strongly discouraged. Teaching assistants must be present for the Parents’ Observation Days in the Winter and the Fall as well as the end-of-camp performances.

Requirements:

  • Commit to 16 weeks of either Fall or Spring semester, or both. Priority will be given to those applicants who are able to commit to both semesters
  • Commit to TWO 2-class shifts per week or ONE 3-class shift per week
  • Commit to a full Dance Camp. Dance Camps are held in February and July/August
  • Attend the annual faculty meeting, date determined by School Director

BENEFITS

  • Unlimited discounted dance classes
  • Valuable experience as a dance teacher
  • Letters of recommendation or reference for future work as a dance teacher
  • Access to affordable studio rental space
  • Discounts on intensives, workshops, and master classes offered at the Dance Center
  • Access to discounted tickets and special events

AVAILABLE SHIFTS:

Monday-Friday: Class times meet between 3:45-6:45pm
Saturday: Class times meet between 9:00am-12:00pm
Dance Camps: Camps meet Monday-Friday for 4.5 hours (summer; mid-winter break)

COMPENSATION:

Upon successful completion of two semesters (or one academic year) of classes, trainees will be added to the Dance Center faculty substitution list (standard rate of pay) and eligible for pay for classes they assist.  


The Teacher Training program accepts 20-25 participants each year. 

Please provide with your application:

1. Resume detailing your teaching, dancing, work, and academic experience.

2) Cover Letter explaining where you are currently in your dance education career, what interests you, and how the Teaching Assistant program at Mark Morris Dance Center will further your interests and career. 

3) A Letter of Recommendation 

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"It was such a pleasure to work as a TA  here for two years. I  definitely gained a lot of experiences from all the fantastic  faculty members. I was even able to occasionally lead activities and share my thoughts and questions with the lead teachers. This TA position helped me pass the teaching artist audition at Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan this June. I think everyone should experience at least once before you enter your real career!" – Ya Ting, 2013-2015
"This program is amazing. I have been able to see firsthand how much the students learn at such a young age. Even as a new teacher, I've learned so much in the last year from the experience I've gotten both with the kids and the other teachers." - Morgan Hasson (2014-present)

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