Teaching Artists are the lifeblood of our program, our most valuable asset.
To ensure unity of purpose and intention, we train all prospective teachers extensively in classroom management skills and curricular integration, as well as ballroom training in our step syllabus.
We are currently seeking Teaching Artists who have:
- The belief that every child can learn and excel, regardless of his/her shape, size, family situation or ethnic background
- A passion for dance and creative expression that is easily communicated to, and contagious among, children
- Self confidence in his/her dance and artistic abilities
- High expectations for what every child can achieve through the program
- An ability to express him/herself verbally in such a way that deserves attention
- An understanding of children’s classroom dynamics and how to manage behavior
- Flexibility and a good sense of humor
Specifically, a Teaching Artist candidate should:
- have experience working with children. This experience could come from teaching school, being a camp counselor, being a Sunday School teacher, even as a parent. Understanding the developmental realities of 10 to 13-year-old children are important.
- have a dance/creative expression background – not necessarily as a professional
- have the ability to commit to part-time work during the day, Monday-Friday, for approximately 13 weeks in either the Fall or Spring school semesters.
- have dependable transportation.
- be able to pass a criminal background check.
Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists are: actors, dancers, individuals who can move with rhythm; have excellent interpersonal skills; love kids; able to work in a team; work in a classroom; have a generous spirit; a sense of humor, of language, of rhythm; willingness to travel throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. You will be asked to take a criminal background check. Depending on the district, you may be asked to be fingerprinted with the state of Texas. We contract Teaching Artists, paid on an hourly basis and not as full-time employees. Employment is during the school year, between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00pm.
Requirements: Applicant must be available to attend an unpaid 32-hour training; make a solid commitment to a sequential ten-week residency (two days per week in a school during the hours of 8am and 4pm). Training commitment is non-negotiable, please do not apply if you’re unable to commit to attending training.
Submission Criteria: Send your resume and photo/headshot via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please use “ATTN: Teaching Artist” in subject line and indicate how you heard about the program. You can also send hardcopy materials to: Dancing Classrooms North Texas, 1506 Pioneer Parkway, Suite 114, Arlington, TX 76013.
If you become a Teaching Artist, you will be expected to sign an agreement to:
- provide Dancing Classroom instruction between certain dates; provide 20 lessons as detailed in the Dancing Classrooms syllabus per the schedule noted on the following page; follow lesson plan as detailed using terms and steps in a consistent manner
- contact the DC Coordinator and/or Liaison, by 8:00 a.m. on days that the Teaching Artist cannot provide instruction per the schedule on the following page
- collaborate with the School Principal, Classroom Teacher and DC Coordinator to facilitate the Culminating Event
- collaborate with the School Principal and Classroom Teacher to audition and select the 12 students who will participate in the Colors of the Rainbow competition
- accompany the group of 12 to the Colors of the Rainbow competition
- attend all required DC team meetings
- sign a non-compete agreement that will restrict the use of all Dancing Classrooms materials to only the provision of classes contracted
Attire: Our program is as much about Ballroom Dancing as it is about modeling what we teach. There is a dress code for Teaching Artists in our organizations: ladies, wear a skirt/blouse or dress with either heels or ballroom dance shoes and gentlemen wear slacks and a dress shirt with tie; dress or dance shoes – no sneakers.
Communication: We will need to be in contact with you often primarily via email and will expect that you both acknowledge and respond in a timely manner. Do you have a functioning cell phone? Do you have an email you consistently check?
Travel: You will be expected to travel throughout North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex).
Training: You will be trained intensively in the Dulaine Method and Syllabus. Your training will prepare you to teach with our methods, specific vocabulary, and standards. DCNT will has regular trainings in August and January!
How is Dancing Classrooms integrated into a school:
- Dancing Classrooms is a 10 week – 20 session, 45-50 minute training program applied to all of the fifth (or eighth) grade classes during the school day in participating schools. It is not an after school program!
- Prior to the program being implemented at a school, the DCNT School Liaison & Teaching Artist will meet with the school principal, fifth-grade classroom teachers, PE and/or Art teachers to explain how the Dancing Classrooms process will unfold
- 10-week program is implemented
- At the end of the 10-week program, each school holds a Culminating Event. All of the fifth and/or eighth graders put on a performance for the other students, faculty and especially parents and community
- After the Culminating Event, schools that are interested in competing in the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match (as highlighted in Mad Hot Ballroom) choose 12 students (six ladies and six gentlemen) to represent their school. These students are not necessarily the “best” dancers and are jointly chosen by the Teaching Artists and school personnel
- Competing schools move through a semis, and finals process