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Dance Educator/Teaching Artist (Independent Contractor) 

 

The National Ballet of Canada is one of the most exciting, innovative arts institutions in Canada, and is regularly ranked among the top ten ballet companies in the world. Established by founder Celia Franca in 1951, The National Ballet of Canada presents a full range of traditional full-length classics and has been an innovative commissioner of new contemporary work by some of the most important choreographers and designers in the world. The National Ballet is deeply committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion across the organization, and through community education programs that bring dance to the broadest possible communities. 

We are currently looking for a Dance Educator/Teaching Artist to support the delivery of YOU dance workshops affiliated with The National Ballet of Canada’s Education and Community Engagement initiatives that will take place in school and community settings.

This is an independent contractor position for the term of December 2022 to May 2023.

YOU dance stands for Youth, Outreach and Understanding Dance and is designed to introduce students in grades four to six to the world of dance through free workshops and performances. Workshops are led by a Dance Educator/Teaching Artist and present a learning experience for both students and classroom teachers. For more information on our YOU dance programming, visit the YOU dance webpage: national.ballet.ca/Explore/YOU-dance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Learn and prepare dance workshops
  • Lead workshops independently at various schools and community settings across the city of Toronto
  • Communicate with Senior Manager, Education and Community Engagement, school board and community contacts on workshops and necessary logistics
  • Support the scheduling of the workshops you will facilitate
  • Ensure space provided in school is appropriate and set up to maximize program delivery potential and safety of participants

Qualifications

  • Minimum 8 years experience teaching dance
  • Proven dance skills, experience in a professional dance company is considered an asset
  • Experience working with children and youth under the age of 18
  • Passionate about youth programming and work well with children and youth
  • Ability to employ creative teaching approaches to meet the individual needs of participants with varying abilities and accommodations
  • Ability to instruct, observe, provide feedback, and keep interest of the participants
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Take initiative and adapt to changing demands

Work Requirements

  • Up to 3 workshops a day and up to 8 workshops a week
  • Willing to travel across Toronto to different schools and community centres (needs to have own reliable transportation)
  • Available during school hours, Monday to Friday. Some evening and weekends may be requested
  • Ability to perform the following physical activities adequately: standing, sitting, squatting, walking, balancing, bending, kneeling, or crouching

Compensation

The Dance Educator/Teaching Artist will receive $50.00 per workshop with a maximum of up to 8 scheduled per week based on demand with no guaranteed number. Each workshop will be forty-five (45) minutes to up to sixty (60) minutes in duration. Training and mileage will also be compensated.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are to forward their resume and cover letter to HR@national.ballet.ca with the subject heading: "Dance Educator/Teaching Artist” by no later than November 30, 2022. Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. The National Ballet of Canada recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment where employees feel valued and respected. We are committed to reflect the diversity of our community, our city and our country. We strive to ensure our recruitment and selection processes are bias-free. We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, the Deaf and disabled as well as individuals of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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