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LaDonna Lane


Red Clay Dance Company is excited to request applications for our Teaching Artivist positions. Our search is for dance educators who combine high skill with innovative execution. One who will continue the elevation of dance education for our youth and communities as a vehicle for self-expression. We anticipate a like-minded candidate with such contagious passion that it stimulates the academic and social growth of those served.

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 Teaching Artivist position works within our Education Department’s Community Engagement, Education, and Partnership (CEEP) Programs. Our CEEP programs provide transformative learning opportunities where participants activate their passion for artivism (art + activism).


The Teaching Artivist will:

  • Develop contextually relevant and developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on Red Clay Dance Company’s curriculum framework.
  • Deliver highly engaging and excellent dance instruction.
  • Prepare/coordinate and obtain equipment, materials, and supplies for classes from Program Manager, Academy Manager or Site Coordinator.
  • Manage learning environment including attendance tracking and reporting.
  • Assist participating youth at community-wide events, showcases/ recitals, etc.
  • Actively engage in mandatory staff meetings, orientation(s), and professional development.
  • Evaluate participant learning and curriculum effectiveness in your class settings, reporting findings to RCD management.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a personal passion for 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 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Dance or 1-2 years of teaching experience.
  • Access to automobile is a plus but not required.

To Apply:

Job Type: Contract
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$31.00 - $52.00 hourly rate

All materials submitted will be kept confidential. All submissions will be acknowledged.

Successful candidates for this role are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they begin work and will be required to provide proof of vaccination. “Fully vaccinated” as defined by the CDC means that at least 14 days have passed following receipt of the final dose of an FDA authorized Covid-19 vaccine.

Red Clay Dance Company is a Black, female-led, 501(c)(3) tax exempt for-purpose organization that awakens "Glocal" Artivism through creating, performing, and teaching dances of the African Diaspora.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago