Tap Dance Kidz Community Teaching Artists

Type of Position:   Part-time Contract

Salary:   $100.00 Per Workshop

Job Type:    In-person

Application Post Date:   December 3, 2021

Application Deadline:   December 13, 2021

About Our Organization

New York City Center has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943—making the best in the music, theater, and dance accessible to all audiences. Championed by a staff of passionate arts lovers, this commitment continues through celebrated dance and musical theater series including the Fall for Dance Festival, the Tony-honored Encores!, and the newest series Artists at the Center and City Center Dance Festival. The distinctive neo-Moorish theater in midtown Manhattan welcomes over 300,000 annual visitors to experience internationally acclaimed artists on the same stage that legends like George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, Barbara Cook, Martha Graham, and Paul Robeson made their mark. Home to a roster of renowned companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center’s dynamic programming, art exhibitions, studio events, and master classes, are complemented by education and community engagement programs that bring the performing arts to over 11,000 New York City students, teachers, and families each year.

New York City Center is also proud to have featured acclaimed tap artists including Ayodele Casel, Dormeshia, Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher & Company.

Job Position Summary

New York City Center seeks teaching artists with tap expertise to facilitate Tap Dance Kidz, a community engagement program connected to City Center’s upcoming production of The Tap Dance Kid. Ideal candidates will have previous teaching experience, an understanding of tap history, and an appreciation for working with new dancers.

This is a part-time, contracted position. The program structure aims for each teaching artist to work with a minimum of two community partners, facilitating three 75-minute workshops at each location. However, work is determined by partner registration and availability. The facilitation rate will be $100 per workshop, with additional fees for planning, training, and travel.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Facilitate a series of three in-person workshops specially targeted for young people ages 12 to 17
    • Set workshop curriculum includes tap history, tap basics and an original choreography exercise
    • Workshops are 75-minutes each and free to participants
    • Program participants will be expected to be vaccinated and masked for workshops
  • Personalize curriculum to include one’s own journey with tap dance and modify programming for community partners, as needed
  • Attend paid teaching artist program training
  • Serve as a representative of City Center for community partners across New York City

This Role Requires:

  • Expertise in tap
  • Previous teaching experience, preferably working with new dancers
  • Understanding of the origins of tap, including the style’s roots in Black culture
  • Experience developing curriculum
  • Comfort with improvisation and teaching tap with modifications (focus on body percussions, without tap shoes or preferred flooring, etc.)
  • A flexible weekday, evening and weekend schedule during January 2022
  • Travel to NYC’s 5 boroughs

To be successful in this role, you will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Ability to take ownership of assigned work and accountability for positive outcomes
  • A passion for accessibility in the arts
  • A commitment to working in and with communities across New York City
  • Multi-lingual, a plus

How to Apply

To apply: 

  • Email your resume, highlighting education experience, and a lesson plan in a related arts discipline to jobs@nycitycenter.org. Both documents should be in PDF format.
  • Please include Teaching Artist in the subject line. In the body of the email, please indicate that you are applying for the Tap Dance Kidz program.

Materials should be received by Monday, December 13.

City Center is an equal opportunity employer. This job description is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.