Dance Teaching Artists

  • Part Time
  • Chicago
  • October 20, 2021

Website chi_danztheatre Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

“one voice, one story, one person at a time”

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is seeking dance teachers of all styles to join their teaching artists team. Currently, we are seeking teachers for a middle school program in Wicker Park in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school in Little Village and substitutes.

People of color and male-identifying are strongly encouraged to apply.
Lead Teachers must have 1 years of experience working with students.

Teaching Artists are an integral part of all residencies’ curriculum planning and documentation, and will meet with classroom teachers/program coordinators prior to and throughout each residency.   We are looking for a diverse group of artists who would like to expand upon their main discipline incorporating other art forms into their classes and who can link literacy and social/emotional learning.

About us:
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble challenges, engages and inspires audiences both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling in the genre of Tanztheatre, which unites all art media and to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind. As an Ensemble, we collaboratively create thought-provoking arts performances and educational outreach programs incorporating elements of theatre, music, movement, visual arts and literary text.  We are dedicated to “performance with a purpose.”

Arts Educational Programs Mission: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble arts educational programs teach math, science and literacy through the visual and performing arts with a progressive education teaching model that emphasizes social/emotional learning.

Equity Statement
CDE strives to create an equitable and empowering space for our artists, administrators, teachers, audiences, and for children of all backgrounds. We aim to build a platform for the voices of the diverse communities we serve. All are welcome.
Teaching Philosophy:
CDE teaching artists carefully plan lessons through a fully developed progressive education curriculum and pedagogy that explore a particular theme through music, dance, art, and drama. Classes include multiple arts disciplines and encourage students to be creative in new artistic ways. Working with classroom teachers is additionally designed to reinforce math, science, and reading skills through art and performance, which results in a much more memorable, exciting experience for the students and the classrooms teachers are trained to replicate components of the program after the residency is complete.

By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided with an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through to completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. Because many students return to distressed home environments at the end of the day, this teaching methodology has evolved to encourage students’ social- emotional growth in addition to their artistic competency. CDE instructors are trained to positively reinforce good behaviors, team work, and creative risk-taking rather than creating an authoritarian environment. As a result, students discover holistic development to better empower their educational and creative prowess.

Prior to each session, classroom teachers and the CDE teaching artists collaborate through planning meetings to create a unit of study. The theatre curriculum will coincide with lessons taught by the classrooms teachers and part of their classroom unit plans.

Instructions to Apply:

Email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director, with “Teaching Artist Application” in subject heading
no phone calls
Resume with teaching experience & three references
A brief explanation on how your teaching philosophy fits with ours, your experience, why teaching in a school or community center is different than a studio and why you love teaching.
Age and grade level you prefer to teach
Any curriculum ideas for the school programs you are interested in applying for
State whether or not you have a car & availability

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Pay Rate/Range*: $35-45
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