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Substitute DISC Teaching Artist
San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco, CA

POSITION:                                                          Substitute DISC Teaching Artist
DEPARTMENT:                                                Education and Training
REPORTS TO:                                                    Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support
CLASSIFICATION:                                           Part-time, non-exempt, non-benefited
COMPENSATION:                                           Commensurate with Experience
APPLICATION DEADLINE:                         Open until filled   

Under supervision of the Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support, Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) teaching artists are responsible for conducting high-quality dance education classes for the DISC residencies and youth education programs.

SF Ballet is currently seeking substitute DISC teaching artists for the 2015-16 school year. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and ideal candidates will be contacted based on openings and availability. We are looking for dedicated dance teaching artists specializing in ballet and/or world dance with a willingness to learn and teach the DISC curriculum. Priority will be given to candidates with a career focus in dance education. Submit resume and cover letter.


  • Teaches ballet, creative movement, cultural dances, and other dance styles to preK-12 students in school-based and community-based dance classes.
  • Under supervision of the Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support, DISC teaching artists are responsible for teaching in all aspects of DISC programs, including but not limited to in-school residencies, after-school residencies, workshops, community based youth programs, and special events. This includes planning with DISC staff and direct instruction with dance students of all ages.
  • Researches and develops standards-based lesson plans suitable for each grade level. Reviews, revises, and edits lesson and unit plans as needed to ensure a high-quality, standards-based, sequential residency. Develops appropriate assessment techniques.
  • Participates in ongoing DISC professional development activities, orientations, workshops, and meetings.
  • Performs required administrative duties such as submitting weekly time sheets, lesson plans, school site residency reports, assessments and evaluations. Regular communication with SFB staff regarding all aspects of the DISC Residency Program and timely response to communications from supervisors.
  • Develops and maintains ongoing communication with SFUSD school site administration, classroom teachers, and arts coordinators.
  • Attends and interacts with school groups at Student Matinees. Presentation of a professional demeanor that appropriately represents DISC and SF Ballet. Forms positive relationships with youth participants, classroom teachers, teaching artists, and accompanists.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned by supervisor.


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of dance teaching experience with diverse age groups and educational settings.
  • At least 2 years of experience as an in-school or after-school dance teaching artist.
  • Trained in classical ballet with experience teaching two or more of the following; modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, cultural or ethnic dances.
  • Knowledge of and ability to teach dance styles from a variety of cultures. We are looking for dedicated dance teaching artists specializing in ballet and various genres of world and cultural dances.
  • Degree in dance or dance education preferred but not required.
  • Experience teaching with a live musician/percussionist and prerecorded music.
  • Knowledge and application of dance terminology, state standards, and national standards is preferred. Exceptional knowledge of the elements of dance.
  • Expertise in effective classroom management techniques.
  • Proficiency at lesson plan development and execution for grades preK-12. Familiarity with student evaluation and assessment techniques.
  • Willingness to learn the required DISC curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  •  Application of choreographic principles and concepts appropriate for children and youth.
  • Experience working with English Language Learners or with students with special needs a plus.

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrates ability to work successfully in a team environment by establishing and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues.
  • Actively participates in professional development by participation in educational activities, seminars, staff meetings and discussions.
  • Develops and implements high-quality, pre-planned, well-designed, standards-based, sequential, and scaffolded learning experiences that include student learning assessment.
  • Applies reflective practices that develop greater self-awareness regarding the impact of one’s teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Applies creativity and innovation in teaching practice.
  • Utilizes specialized knowledge to provide differentiated instruction, promoting creative development among various learning styles.
  • Effectively communicates dance and music concepts (verbally and by demonstrating) to K-12 students, classroom teachers, and accompanists.
  • Incorporates culturally diverse curricular content in the classroom. Ability to share age appropriate dance concepts from a culturally diverse and historical perspective.
  • Ability to support a safe classroom environment that allows students to explore movement and learn dances. Demonstrate potential of classroom management skills.
  • Effectively communicates on a regular basis with the supervisor and provides key information regarding school site issues to ensure a successful residency. Effectively resolves issues to ensure a successful residency.
  • Organizes and prioritizes tasks to meet required deadlines and promote a successful residency.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to teach dance effectively for extended periods on hard surfaces in non-traditional settings (i.e., school cafeteria, multipurpose room, gym, or classroom).
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.

Special Equipment Used

  • Must be available to work during school hours.
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to assigned schools in SF.
  • CPR and First Aid certification (paid for by SFB).
  • Satisfactory FBI and California DOJ background check is required of all final candidates in accordance with the Fair Chance Ordinance.


Deadline: 12-15-2015

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