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Ellyzabeth Adler

PK-4th Grade Dance Teacher

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble works within schools and community centers through out the city.

Dance Teachers must have experience with Creative Movement, Jazz, Ballet, Modern and with an understanding of creative process vs. product.

CDE focuses on teaching the arts and integrate social/emotional learning with literacy and comprehension.

Teaching artists, regardless of background and years teaching will go through paid training program.

Lead teachers must have 1-2 years of teaching experience and a college degree, while assistant teacher must have at least 3 years of college and child care experience.

Compensation: Lead Teachers: $25-45 depending on program and experience. Assistant Teachers: $15 an hour

Application: email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director, with “Teaching Artist Application” in subject heading
no phone calls

  1. Resume with teaching experience & three references
  2. A brief explanation on how your teaching philosophy fits with ours, your experience, why teaching in a school or community center is different than a studio and why you love teaching.
  3. Any curriculum ideas for the school programs you are interested in applying for
  4. State whether or not you have a car & availability

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind. As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text. We are dedicated to “performance with a purpose.”
Arts Educational Programs Mission: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble arts educational programs teach math, science and literacy through the visual and performing arts with a progressive education teaching model that emphasizes social/emotional learning.


  • Attend all Teaching Artist professional development workshops
  • Develop, teach, and document arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the creative process, social emotional learning and literacy.
  • Implement assessment tools embedded within programming
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers/program directors and colleagues to create innovative residency experiences for students

Skills & Qualifications:
• Minimum 2 years teaching experience in school or community center settings
• BA or BFA required
• Knowledge of state and national core arts standards
• Experience with arts integration/multidisciplinary arts learning
• Spanish language skills a plus
• Must be able to improvise/be flexible
• Demonstrate experience advocating for equality, diversity and inclusion and understand social/emotional learning
• Professional demeanor when interacting with students, partner teachers and staff

  • Must be able to collaborate/ work well with administrative staff, and classroom teachers

• Ability to travel to various locations and schools in the Chicago area.

  • Must be patient and skilled in childhood and youth development
  • Minimum 1 year commitment

Teaching Philosophy: Methodology for educational purpose and objectives
CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama. Classes include multiple arts disciplines and encourage students to be creative in new artistic ways. Working with classroom teachers is additionally designed to reinforce math, science, and reading skills through art and performance, which results in a much more memorable, exciting experience for the students and the classrooms teachers are trained to replicate components of the program after the residency is complete.
​By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided with an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. Because many students return to distressed home environments at the end of the day, this teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students' social- emotional growth in addition to their artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, team work, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.

Prior to each session, classroom teachers and the CDE teaching artists collaborate through planning meetings to create a unit of study.The theatre curriculum will coincide with lessons taught by the classrooms teachers and part of their classroom unit plans.

Contact Info:
Ellyzabeth Adler
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: chicago