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Teaching Artist - Dance

Changing Worlds, an arts and cultural education organization, seeks teaching artists in all areas of Dance to teach in our Arts and Cultural Connections after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools. Changing Worlds’ dance residencies examine dance practices from around the world and inspire an appreciation for creative movement and cultural traditions. Changing Worlds’ dance classes immerse students in the fundamentals of dance to develop strength, coordination, flexibility and creativity. Every dance residency culminates in a performance for friends and family. Our program offerings currently include: African Dance and the Dance of the African Diaspora, Hip Hop, Latin Dance including Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha-Cha, Ballroom including: Waltz, Tango, Samba and Mambo.

Compensated responsibilities include instructing students in an after-school studio setting or in collaboration with a classroom teacher in an in-school setting. The teaching artist will develop and teach choreography, present performances for student showcases, discuss the history and traditions of their dance form, and promote positive relationships with students, parents and school administrators. An important part of this position is to maintain positive relationships with students, parents and school administrators.

Locations of program assignments will be determined by the Program Manager. Timeframes are determined by the participating school or site.


*Support the development of the essential skills in dance and movement for the targeted group of students

*Support the development of cultural awareness and identity development and related vocabulary for the targeted group of students

*Plan and implement of a unique curriculum for a targeted group of students

*Engage with students to encourage their creativity and self-expression, building relationships

*Employ a system of effective and compassionate classroom behavior management

*Support the students in the creation of a culminating exhibit or final critique

*Collaborate with classroom teacher or program site

*Consult with Changing Worlds’ Program Manager on the development of programming and its implementation.

Skills & Qualifications:

*Passion for supporting young people, their artistic development, and the arts as a tool for social change

*Experience designing and implementing arts curriculum for students of wide ranges of abilities

*Experience working with culturally diverse groups of students

*Strong experience with and knowledge of the identified dance forms and its history

*Strong mentorship and leadership skills

*Punctuality, reliability, and communication skills

*Transportation to/from the teaching site is the responsibility of the teaching artist

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Please specify which disciplines you are comfortable teaching and any availability constraints you may know of for the 2021-2022 school year.

Contact Info:
Emma Leff
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL