"Dancing is about connections … to our friends, to our families, to our neighbors. It is one of the most expressive ways we celebrate and communicate our cultures and communities. With Dancing Classrooms, we are able to reach children in existing classroom settings and address fundamental issues of mutual respect and self-esteem – issues that social dance puts into practice. We hope to inspire children through dance to do well, to respect one another, to be proud. This program is about more than dance, it is about teaching children to take a bow.”        - Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau

Be a Teaching Artist

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 5th & 8th grade 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 11-12 year old children is 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, Winter, or Spring school semesters
  • have dependable transportation – personal vehicle or reliable mass transit options
  • 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 to Akron and/or Cleveland. You will be fingerprinted with state of Ohio upon employment.  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 7:30 am – 4:00pm.

Requirements: Applications are being accepted for a summer 2019 training (Tentatively Scheduled for July 23-26, 2019).  Applicants must be available to attend unpaid four day 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: Apply online by submitting the required information below OR send your resume, cover letter, 2 references (with email) and photo via email in MS word.  References will be contacted

Send credentials: Send credentials by email to: info[@]dancingclassroomsneo[dot]org

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 7:00 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 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 Team Match
  • 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 ini our organizations: ladies, wear a skirt/blouse or dress 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 Northeast Ohio (Cuyhaoga County). 

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.

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 DCNEO 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
  • 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 semi and finals process


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