Position: Classical Ballet Teacher

Salary: DOE hourly, according to qualifications and experience. Housing may be available as part of compensation.

Contract: August 15, 2019 – May 31, 2020

Reporting to: Mary Beth Loewen, Owner

Hours: Variable depending on desired work level, up to approximately 15-20 hours p/week. Most classes take place evenings and weekends; opportunity for additional private lessons may be available

Location: Kodiak, Alaska

Type: Part Time – Faculty

 Job Description

Next Step Dance Kodiak is seeking to hire a dynamic, energetic, experienced ballet instructor to join our vibrant dance studio. The ideal candidate is experienced as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.  This position involves teaching classical ballet technique as well as choreographing for the annual student production.  Required skills include a thorough knowledge of classical ballet technique and ballet pedagogy for dance programming for students ranging in age from elementary school through high school.  If you love ballet and enjoy working with people of all ages, we encourage you to apply. Proven experience as a dance instructor in the specific discipline of ballet is strongly desired.

About Next Step Dance Kodiak

The Director and Staff of NSDK have a deep respect for the art of dance and the performing arts. We believe that dance lessons are life lessons.  From an early age, our students are able to grasp the value of being a responsible and respectful member of society, someone who is accountable, is able to get along with others, has a disciplined work ethic, a refined etiquette, a graceful attitude and a confident demeanor. Traditions such as classroom etiquette, dress code, dance history and classical technique are combined with current dance trends and styles to produce a knowledgeable and well-rounded performer. Many of the values young students learn as part of a thoughtfully crafted arts program are character traits needed for a successful and satisfying life.  As educators, we believe these lessons are just as important as the dance education we provide, and we develop our programs and our in-class presentations with this in mind.

Our studio is family-oriented, and primarily recreational. Our students know the studio is a place where they are valued, where they will be challenged in a positive manner, and where they will be encouraged each class to improve and become their best selves. We believe a teacher’s influence on a student’s future, regardless of their age, extends far beyond what goes on in the classroom. Our teaching philosophy is centered on instilling a passion for dance, healthy movement, the performing arts and challenging ourselves while building self-esteem and confidence in every student.

NSDK mission statement: At Next Step Dance Kodiak, we believe that artistic expression has the capacity to inspire and enrich the lives of people of all ages. We provide high-quality instruction to all ages, taught with enthusiasm, and provide students with a safe, accepting, and motivating environment in which to learn and grow. Our instruction emphasizes the importance of correct technique, having fun while building self-esteem and a positive sense of self, experiencing the discipline and freedom of movement, and working as an individual within a group. Our staff leads by positive example, facilitates dance among all ages of people, and encourages our students to strive for excellence both within and outside the dance studio.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and teach stimulating classes in classical ballet to students aged 8-18
    • Plan, prepare and deliver class lesson plans according to syllabi (Vaganova preferred)
    • Explain and demonstrate proper technique each class, including breaking down complex steps into basic technique
    • Ability to connect and capture students’ attention, deliver information clearly, concisely and effectively
    • Communicate dance history and background to provide thorough context of ballet in today’s dance world
    • Establish and communicate clear objectives for each class
  • Create choreography for annual year-end student production, select accompanying music and coordinating costume, for classes and small groups or soloists
  • Attend and assist at two performances annually, including attendance at rehearsals
  • Participation in faculty and staff meetings and studio events, communicate effectively with a diverse group of teachers and students
  • Assessment and support of individual student learning styles, including annual evaluation of student performance and recommendations for improvement.
  • Maintain student attendance records
  • Keep up to date in your discipline and implement any changes to the dance routines and curriculum as needed.
  • Nurture each student to maximize his/her balletic potential, while maintaining awareness of the need for sensitive handling of students’ emotional needs, giving constructive criticism, positive encouragement and instilling confidence
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
  • Collaborate with other members of the faculty and staff in planning, choreography, studio events and work collectively with colleagues to meet the needs of all students, families, staff, and the studio.


Personal Qualifications

  • Pleasant personality, exhibit an optimistic outlook, energetic and organized behavior
  • Strong work ethic, high professional and personal standards of work and of conduct, self-motivated, creative, and dependable
  • Love for children and the discipline of ballet training
  • Committed to continuous personal and professional development
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Effective communication skills, including basic computer skills
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Able to demonstrate patience in the classroom, and excellent role model behavior inside and outside the classroom
  • Ability to teach using various styles and methodologies from beginner to advanced level
  • Engage, encourage, and motivate students to reach their goals.
  • Able to create a welcoming, creative, healthy and safe learning environment for all students to grow and learn by setting class-based rules and boundaries that are centered on mutual respect and understanding of our core values

To Apply

Please submit Cover letter, Resume and contact info for three References to:

Mary Beth Loewen dance@nextstepdancekodiak.com

For further information, please email dance@nextstepdancekodiak.com or call 907-654-5722.