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 include:
African Dance and the Dance of the African Diaspora – Students engage in the dances and rich cultural traditions of Africa. Students make connections between modern social dance and African dance as well as compare African and American culture.
Hip Hop - Students study Hip Hop dance technique and the art form’s evolution. This exploration of dance includes opportunities for students to examine and connect to the five pillars of Hip Hop.
Latin Dance - Students will practice various Latin dance forms including Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha-Cha. They learn the history and influence of these dances and compare them to dance styles relevant to them.
Ballroom Dance - Students will be introduced to partnered dance and learn the history and origins of traditional ballroom dance, which include: Waltz, Tango, Samba and Mambo.
Compensated responsibilities include working with groups of up to 15 students in an after-school setting or up to 35 students in an in-school setting and curriculum planning. The artist(s) 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.
Locations of program assignments will be determined by the supervising Program Manager. Typically, an-school programs may engage an artist for up to 3 hours of teaching, occurring between the hours of 8am-3pm and after-school programs are 90 minutes to two hours between 3pm-6pm at the designated school or community site. Timeframes are determined by the participating school.
*Support the developmental skills for a dance discipline for targeted group of students
*Support the development of cultural awareness and related vocabulary of the targeted group of students.
*Planning and implementation of a unique curriculum for the targeted group of students that connect the arts learning and cultural awareness to social/emotional learning concepts
*Engage with students to encourage their creativity and self-expression
*Employ a system of effective classroom behavior management
*Support the students in the creation of their culminating performances
*Consult with Changing Worlds’ Program Manager on the development of programming and its implementation
Skills & Qualifications:
*Strong experience in and knowledge of the stated dance form and its history
(demonstrated in resume and portfolio shared with Changing Worlds)
*Comfortable working with groups of students that represent a wide range of abilities
*Comfortable working with diverse learners
*Strong mentorship and leadership skills
*Prior experience with youth is mandatory
*Transportation to/from the teaching site is the responsibility of the teaching artist