The Downers Grove Park District offers dance classes for all ages, from parent & tot to elementary ages to adults. Reporting to the Recreation Supervisor of Cultural Arts, the Dance Instructor will demonstrate safe and proper technique, develop age appropriate curriculum, and choose appropriate costumes, songs and choreography for the annual Spring Recital, as well as potential smaller performances throughout the year.Our current dance classes primarily focus on tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop for pre-school through elementary-school aged children; however, we are interested in dance instructors looking to teach any audience/age group, and in just about any style of dance!
Pay Rate: Starting at $18.00/hour, higher rates available depending on experience. Planning and choreography time paid at same rate as teaching time.
Hours: Part-time; variable. Flexible schedule based on staff availability.
Winter (Feb-Mar) hours would be substituting as needed for existing dance classes, or Instructor may work with the Recreation Supervisor to launch partial-season classes for the remainder of Winter, depending on date of hire. Instructor will work with the Recreation Supervisor to develop a class schedule for Spring (non-recital), Summer and Fall.
There may be additional hours for meetings, trainings, or special eventsEssential Functions
Responsible for the supervision and safety of the students at all timesResponsible for instructing students with enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to adapt to student learning stylesPlanning of lessons and curriculum for each sessionProperly demonstrate dance moves, techniques and choreographyRecital Duties (applicable only to recital level classes)Select music, costumes and attire appropriate for students in class and recital by deadlines setChoreograph combinations, correct mistakes and create routines for performance at the recital for recital level classesMust attend dress rehearsal and recital and actively help plan for its successRepresents the Park District to parents, students and guests and conducts him/herself with professionalism and courtesyTake proper attendance and report excessive absences to the Recreation SupervisorMaintains courteous and effective communication between staff, participants and parentsMaintain a neat and orderly work environment including dance rooms and storageAttends staff meetings and training, as scheduled by the Recreation SupervisorFollows District’s Safety PoliciesRequirements
Prior experience in multiple genres/disciplines of dancePrior experience teaching dance to students with a broad range of abilities and backgroundsMust be able to understand the needs and issues of staff, parents and children, and communicate and provide information to meet these needsExperience in rehearsing and directing performances preferredPrevious experience working with children in a park district setting preferredCPR, First Aid and AED certification is required or willingness to obtain. The Park District provides trainingThe Downers Grove Park District is an EOE (M/F/Vet/Disability/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation)Click here to apply