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Dance ,
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Lauren Slipkowsky

Instructor for Adult & Children's Dance (PT)

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an experienced and enthusiastic instructor for adult and children’s dance programs.


Bachelor’s degree in Dance or related area preferred. Three years of experience teaching beginning through advanced students in multiple disciplines of dance to adults and children (age 3 and up) is preferred.

Training in or willingness to learn Social Emotional Learning based pedagogy and up to date teaching practices required. Candidates should have experience with choreography, technique as well as ensuring safe movements during classes. Training in Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Creative Movement is required. Prior experience as a performer is helpful. Must be able to clearly communicate with students and parents. Certifications like YPAD, RWID or another movement discipline are a plus.

Ability to teach at Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square locations strongly preferred. Monday and Wednesday evening availability is required. An additional day of availability is a plus.

Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

If interested and qualified, please apply through our Career Center.

About Old Town School of Folk Music

Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (“OTSFM”) is the largest community school of the arts in the U.S. and a non-profit organization committed to celebrating American music and global cultures. Founded in 1957, Old Town School provides a wide range of music, dance, and arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 weekly class offerings, a broad array of private lessons, and over 400 concerts and community events per year.

Old Town School of Folk Music opened its Lincoln Square facility in 1998 and expanded in 2012. The Old Town School operates two campuses located in Chicago's Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods that include world-class concert halls, classrooms, an award-winning music store, and a music resource center. Online classes were introduced in 2020 and students from nearly every state and a dozen countries participated over the course of the pandemic. Children's classes are also held at several suburban satellite locations. More information is available at

Equal Employment Opportunity

OTSFM is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. OTS strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. This is critical to our success as a community focused organization.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL