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LaDonna Lane


Red Clay Dance Company is excited to request applications for our School of Dance Faculty positions. Our search is for dance educators who combine high skill with innovative execution. Seeking individuals who will support our mission to awaken “glocal” Artivism through creating, performing, and teaching dances of the African Diaspora. We anticipate a like-minded candidate with such contagious passion that it stimulates the artistic and social emotional growth of our aspiring Artivist!

This role is a unique opportunity to join a trendsetting, culturally relevant, socially transforming, elite dance organization in the Chicagoland Area. "We envision an Artivist as one who utilizes their artistic genius to become part of the solution for social change. Creatively using the body and movement as tools to gain personal and collective freedom!" (Founder, Vershawn Sanders-Ward)

The faculty position works within our Education Department’s School of Dance to prepare its graduates to enter rigorous pre-professional dance programs or begin a career in the concert dance field. Our training fortifies technical mastery in Classical West African and African Diasporic Dances, contemporary techniques in artistry and performance, and is supplemented with ballet, modern, and other dance forms.


The School of Dance Faculty will:

  • Deliver highly engaging and excellent dance training.
  • Develop contextually relevant and developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on Red Clay Dance Company’s curriculum framework.
  • Manage learning environment including attendance tracking and reporting.
  • Assist participating youth at scheduled performances.
  • Actively engage in mandatory staff meetings, orientation(s), and professional development.
  • Evaluate student learning and curriculum effectiveness in class settings, reporting findings to Education Department management.
  • Regularly communicate with students, parents and other Red Clay Dance Company staff to share artistic progress.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess a contagious passion for teaching dance.
  • Advocate for dance education.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage, challenge and interest youth through dance technique and dance making.
  • Possess authentic care for the people and communities served.
  • Facilitate a safe, inclusive, supportive, and creative environment in the classroom.
  • Employ exceptional communication encompassing public speaking, active listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to be a team player deeply engaged with all stakeholders and understand their diverse needs and interests.
  • Exude contagious excellence and professionalism.
  • Desire to share dance with diverse populations.
  • Consistently be involved in exploration, skill development, and growth as an artist and educator.
  • Committed to creating a student-centered learning environment.
  • Utilize technology and digital platforms in the classroom and as they relate to enhancing the arts educational experience for students.
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago