Assistant Teaching Artist

Position: Assistant Teaching Artist

Reports to: School Director and/or Community Programs Director

Applications accepted November through February.

Mark Morris Dance Group 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:

Each year the Mark Morris Dance Group seeks qualified and versatile assistant teaching artists to join its faculty. Interested candidates should look for the application period to be open each November-March and be prepared to submit a resume, cover letter, and recommendation letter (PDF format is preferred). Appropriate candidates will be selected to attend an Assistant Teaching Artist Information Session in the early Spring, consisting of details regarding the programming in which they may be staffed. Candidates should be aware that those who have completed the Teaching Artist Training Program have priority in staffing. Those interested in receiving more information about the Teaching Artist Training Program should sign up here.

Assistant Teaching Artists support Dance Center faculty with class management in the Children & Teen Program, Dance Camps, and Community Education programs. Assistants must possess a strong interest in dance education, have the maturity and disposition to work with children in a bustling dance center and/or off-site, and have reached advanced proficiency in their own dance training.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Model movement clearly to support student learning
  • Provide modifications and offer encouragement to individual students
  • Opportunities to lead warm-up or exercises when requested by the teacher
  • Be a source of positive and enthusiastic energy in the class
  • Support Teaching Artist’s classroom management strategies
  • Keep students on task and focused
  • Manage student count/rosters
  • Before class, greet students and assist with transition into studio.  After class, support students as they exit and ensure they have found a parent/guardian
  • Keep an eye out for potential hazards (untied shoe laces, spatial-awareness, etc.)
  • Prepare and clean up space (props, etc.)
  • Escort children to bathroom or water fountain
  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS:

Assistant Teaching Artists should have appropriate dance training, strong interest in the dance classroom, and find enjoyment working with children. Assistants must make a commitment to the classes they’re assigned, attend every scheduled class and find substitutes for the classes they cannot attend. Absences are strongly discouraged. Assistants must be present for The School’s Parents’ Observation Days, as well as end-of-program in-formal sharings.

To better reflect the community we serve, we strive for diversity in our teaching staff. We encourage artists of every race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status to apply.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age requirement of 18 years; to learn about opportunities to be a Teen Volunteer Assistant (age 14+), contact roberge@mmdg.org
  • 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 two-weeks of a Dance Camp. Dance Camps are held in February, April and July-August
  • Attend two annual faculty meetings

BENEFITS

  • Unlimited discounted dance classes
  • Valuable experience as a dance teaching artist
  • Letters of recommendation or reference for future work
  • Access to subsidized 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 8:00am-6:45pm
Saturday: Class times meet between 9:00am-4:00pm
Dance Camps: Camps meet Monday-Friday for 4.5 hours (summer; mid-winter break)

COMPENSATION:

Hourly; $20/hr.

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 Teacher Training program at Mark Morris Dance Center will further your interests and career.
  3. A Letter of Recommendation

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.