Dance Teaching Artist

Casita Maria has an exciting opportunity for talented, engaging, and dynamic Teaching Artists to lead successful programming as a joint effort between Casita’s Education & Creative Arts Departments. Most programs will integrate K-12th-grade students/artist-led projects as part of an arts and education focused on the after-school program.

Most programs are interdisciplinary and offer youth a wide range of skills to learn and/or develop. The curriculum used promotes engagement with the Arts / STEAM / CORE needs and aligns with NYC Department of Education Arts Blueprint targets. The main responsibility of the teaching artist is to introduce participants to all aspects and variations of the specific discipline being taught ex. dance, visual art, music (violin, piano), musical theater, improv, etc.


Responsibilities and Duties


  • Implement curriculum and develop lesson plans for structured afterschool activities using the NYC Department of Education Arts Blueprint Targets.
  • Ability to teach hands-on experiential learning style and inspire students to reach for higher level outcomes.
  • Introduce participants to Hip Hop and West African dance.
  • Teach dance as a form of empowerment for all bodies and persons.
  • Maintain a structured classroom environment that is conducive to promoting learning.
  • The program and activities are designed to help promote and foster the educational, social, physical, intellectual, emotional, vocational and professional growth among all participants.
  • Promote interest and participation in the art program; establish and implement a process for orienting new members to this program area.
  • Prepare students for public showcase designed by instructor and other public programs or performances.
  • Attend paid periodic professional development workshops and required meetings as necessary.
  • Submit reports to Arts Education Coordinator.
  • Ability to adapt to a specialized instruction school environment.
  • Submit all lessons plans in advance.


Qualifications and Skills

  • The ideal candidate will possess an MFA or a degree in a related field and two years of teaching experience or a Bachelor’s Degree and four years of teaching experience
  • Experience in West African and Hip Hop styles
  • Experience in a professional dance setting, preferably with K-12.
  • Experienced at guiding students to full-scale culminating presentations
  • Experience working with economically and educationally disadvantaged youth with a sound understanding of the social and cultural issues facing urban families.
  • Experience and/or willingness to work with children with educational or emotional special needs
  • Ability to teach hands-on experiential learning style and inspire students to reach for higher level outcomes.
  • Allow students to “share out” what they have learned and reflect on their learning at each workshop
  • Ability to build self-esteem in students in order to feel empowered while performing in front of an audience. The teaching artist is also encouraged to guide participants towards mid-year and end-of-year productions plus participation in special events.


  • Enjoy working with children with an understanding of youth development
  • Demonstrated experience working with K-12 students
  • Strong teaching and group facilitation skills
  • Expertise in developing art curriculum for young people
  • Have strong organizational skills and a flexible attitude
  • Eager to work in a fast-paced, arts and education-focused environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively, quickly and under pressure with a sense of humor
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Integrity, professional discretion and professionalism
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus



  • Paid holidays, if a holiday falls on a day you are regularly scheduled to work.
  • Five sick days which are earned at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. You will begin to accrue sick days as of your first day of work, and you can begin to use sick time after 120 days of employment.
  • A pre-tax healthcare flexible spending account and pre-tax commuter benefits.


To Apply

Please send your resume with Dance Teaching Artist in the subject line to