Teaching Artists

Job Title: Teaching Artist – Community Engagement Programs

Supervisor: Community Engagement Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Classification: Part-Time Hourly


The Teaching Artist is an ideal part-time position for someone balancing a variety of teaching jobs or other part-time work. The position teaches Community Engagement Curriculum in the after-school and community settings for variety of programs. Candidates must be comfortable teaching ballet in the after-school setting in non-traditional dance spaces. The position has an hourly rate, plus a travel stipend and paid training. The position reports to the Community Engagement Manager and may work directly with other department staff and Teaching Artists. Teaching Artists will work offsite from the Ballet Arizona studios and will work with students of a variety of ages, experience, abilities, and backgrounds. Currently seeking three different artist for the following locations and time, Central Phoenix in the 2024 Fall Season, Chandler in the 2024 Fall Season, and Chandler to begin training in October 2024 to teach for January 2025.

Essential Duties:

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
      • Teach and/or assist with ballet classes for diverse ages and abilities, including in classes that take place non-traditional dance spaces including but not limited to DanceAZ, Creative Aging, classroom visits, and residencies
      • Implement program curriculum
      • Plan weekly instruction
      • Provide direct instruction to all participants that is in line with the spirit of the program, age specific, inclusive, and developmentally and culturally appropriate
      • Support Community Engagement programs on and off-site under the direction of the Community Engagement Manager
      • Maintain positive relations with existing community partners
      • Maintain polite and professional communication
      • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate a high-degree of integrity, dependability, accountability, and global fluency.
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt to changing needs in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be a strong collaborator and a team player.
  • Are practicing dance artists, who have ballet teaching experience
  • Must exemplify Ballet Arizona’s core values.
  • Are as passionate about teaching as they are about their art form
  • Exude joy and love of dance
  • Are dynamic, expressive, and energized movers
  • Have experience creating choreographic phrases
  • Have strong musicality
  • Have a confident presence and positive and inclusive classroom management skills
  • Understand the developmental needs of children and are capable of tailoring instruction to support different learners
  • Are committed to culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices, and to creating classrooms in which every student is seen, valued, and feels that they belong
  • Have experience with (or a willingness to learn) lesson planning and designing units of instruction
  • Are reflective practitioners who seek opportunities for continuous learning
  • Are collaborative; thrive in a team dynamic in which power and responsibility are shared
  • Are flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and strengths of different school communities
  • Believe that all children are dancers and capable of achieving success in and through dance

Work Environment

    • Work is conducted primarily in a classroom, multi-purpose room, and dance studio settings.  Event support at the main office location and at external event sites is required.
    • Applicants must be able to commit to teaching during the afterschool time frame, at least two days per week, ideally for the duration of the school year (late Aug-Nov; Jan-early Mar). Some weekends, nights, or substitute teaching opportunities are required.
    • Travel to and from external event sites (within Maricopa County) is required.
    • Must have reliable transportation to commute to and from the office, program, and partner sites on a regular basis.

Education & Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Working knowledge of Classical Ballet
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred
  • Proficiency in Spanish desirable
  • Background in dance, experience teaching dance (in public schools or non-traditional settings preferred), or formal education in dance/dance education

How To Apply:

Qualified applicants can apply at www.balletaz.org or may submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information to Human Resources via e-mail to HR@balletaz.org. Please note that NO telephone calls will be accepted.

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