Apply to be a Share Dance Instructor

We are looking for new Share Dance instructors!

Apply by: March 3rd, 2021

Job type: this is an on-call position from April 2021 to June 2022

What is Share Dance? 

The Share Dance Program brings free dance workshops into schools and organizations that support underserved young people in metro Vancouver. New Works runs these workshops at no cost to the schools, after-school care programs, or organizations which typically have little or no budget for artistic programming. Share Dance aims to provide opportunity for social and cultural recognition and reflection, utilizing dance as a means of communication that transcends language. As a result, the program is uniquely inclusive for newcomers, and people with learning, mental health, cognitive and physical challenges. Since last year, we’ve crucially expanded into partnerships that serve children, families and youth not served by traditional school systems, due to housing instability, immigration issues, and other complex and systemic barriers. 

Share Dance is accessible and COVID-19 compliant based on the current public health orders. Currently we are only offering live-streamed workshops. 

Remuneration:

We pay Share Dance instructors a one-time $200 prep fee plus $150 for each workshop.

Selection Criteria:

  • This opportunity is open to professional dance artists based in BC.
  • Artist’s with experience working with underserved young people are encouraged to apply. 
  • Artists that align with New Works values, transparency, inclusion, accessibility, and a supportive and collaborative culture are encouraged to apply.

We prioritize applications from equity-seeking artists who have or are facing systemic barriers that infringe on their artistic career. This includes, but is not limited to, artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, Person of Colour, Trans, Non-binary, Queer, Disabled, low income, and living in the intersections of these identities.

Responsibilities

  • Design and Deliver online dance classes for young people between 2 to 30 years old. Group ages vary depending on the school/organization that requests the workshops.
    • Classes are currently delivered through Zoom. Share Dance coordinator, Sindy, organizes & hosts the zoom meeting. 
    • Classes are between 45min up to 1 hour
    • Instructors can teach the classes from their own homes (or studios if they have one).
    • Maximum of 20 children/youth per class
  • Create an inclusive, professional, and fun environment during the classes
  • Provide encouragement and constructive feedback to participants

How does Share Dance work: 

  • We use extensive pre-workshop outreach, and post-workshop feedback to continually tailor our programming to the specific populations we serve in each partnership.
  • This is an on-call position. The number of workshops we can offer to each instructor depends on the needs of the organization/school we are partnering with. 
  • We provide the school/organization with a list that includes instructors’ names, dance styles they teach, and websites/links of their work (if available). 
  • The school/organization gets back to us with 2 prefered options (top 1 and top 2) and with a preferred schedule for the classes; number of participants, and any details they want to share about their community.
  • We reach out to the instructor that they chose as their top 1. If the schedule works for both ends, school and instructor, we then book the workshop. 
  • If the schedule doesn’t work, we reach out to the school/organization’s second choice. If the timing doesn’t work either, they can choose from the rest of the list.

How to apply:

Please submit the following to Sindy, at sindy@newworks.ca by March 3rd, 2021:

  • CV/Bio of the artist (s) involved highlighting your dance background, dance styles you can teach, any experience working with children and/or youth, and languages you can facilitate in
  • Any links to online examples of work, website, etc. (optional)

Next steps:

  • Deadline to apply: March 3rd, 2021
  • Selected applicants will be called for video interviews mid March 2021
  • Selected applicants will be announced at the end of March 2021

If you have any questions please contact Share Dance coordinator, Sindy Angel at sindy@newworks.ca

New Works respectfully acknowledges the sovereignty of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations on whose traditional, unceded and occupied territories we live and work. We commit to dedicating time and resources to stand and work in solidarity with Indigenous Artists and communities and to support their visions and goals.

Share Dance is made possible by the generous support of the BC Arts Council (Operating Assistance and Youth Engagement Program), Canadian Heritage, Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants, the City of Vancouver, Canada Arts Council, the Hamber Foundation and BC Gaming.