Arts In Education Dance Instructor

New York, NY, USA Req #77
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is hailed as “cultural ambassador to the world” by the U.S. Congress and is renowned for its stellar performances, high-caliber dance training, and innovative educational initiatives which reach nearly 500,000 people around the globe each year. Robert Battle, Artistic Director, continues the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey and furthers the development of a cultural community which provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people.

The Ailey organization has a rich and inspiring history rooted in African-American traditions and provides young people with a range of role models within its group of experienced instructors. Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs (AIE & CP) employs teaching artists and musicians part-time to instruct and accompany dance residencies in a variety of dance techniques. AIE & CP’s teaching artists provide a standards-based, rigorous approach to teaching dance. AIE & CP’s musicians serve as accompanists to the teaching artists. Dance residencies take place off-site at Pre-K – 12 public and private schools both during the school day and in after-school programs; at community centers, hospitals, and other community based organizations; as well as on-site at The Joan Weill Center for Dance. Dance residency assignments vary from a 1-hour workshop to a multi-week residency with 1-5 classes per day.

Through its Arts In Education programs, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is dedicated to meeting the following goals:

  • Promote self-esteem, self-expression and critical thinking;
  • Convey the value of commitment, self-discipline, dedication and emotional expression to be found through the art of dance;
  • Provide opportunities for cultural enrichment offered by dance training and attendance at performances;
  • Provide opportunities to develop positive peer relations;
  • Provide appropriate role models;
  • Introduce young people to the artistry of professional dancers and the demands/rewards of a career in the arts;
  • Instill respect for and pride in one’s own body; and
  • Whenever possible, forge links between dance and students’ academic subjects, stimulating learning in the classroom.

Ailey AIE & CP teaching artists report to the Director, Arts In Education & Community Programs, and are responsible for supporting the mission of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and the arts in education initiatives, which include AileyDance Kids, AileyCamps, National Outreach, and Community Programs.


For each dance residency, Ailey AIE & CP teaching artists are responsible for conducting a planning meeting with the school or organizational liaison and participating teachers, and designing and submitting lesson plans based on the themes and ideas discussed in the planning meeting, rooted in the specific dance technique assigned.

Ailey AIE & CP musicians are accompanists to the teaching artists and are responsible for supporting the goals of the residency in their role as a musician and role model for the students.

Administrative responsibilities for teaching artists include:

  • Timeline response to work offers (for residencies and other dance workshops);
  • Submission of a time sheet, signed by the responsible party at the site, for each instructional session;
  • Submission of required evaluation surveys;
  • Supporting the successful completion of evaluation surveys by teachers and students;
  • Attending an annual meeting for AIE artists each fall; and
  • Submission of a lesson plan for each residency assigned, based on the goals of AIE and the agreed upon themes of the partnering teachers at the site.


  • Teaching artists should demonstrate expertise working in a particular dance technique(s) as a professional artist and educator. They should possess a passion for working with youth and adults and a commitment to inspiring an appreciation for the joy of dance.

  • Ailey AIE & CP artists must have availability to work during school hours, after-school, and during occasional evenings and weekends. They must be willing to travel to schools and organizations within the five NYC boroughs and in the NYC major metropolitan area. Additionally, there may be occasional travel to a national or international site. Proof of fingerprinting clearance through the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is required for employment. Additional fingerprinting clearance may be required for work outside of NYC DOE. Note: As fingerprinting clearance is a condition of employment, if an applicant is flagged as “ineligible” by the NYC DOE or any other clearance system, he/she will not be hired as an Ailey AIE & CP artist until the matter is resolved. If, at any time during employment, an Ailey AIE & CP artist is flagged as “ineligible” by the NYC DOE or any other clearance system, the Ailey AIE & CP artist will be temporarily removed from his/her work assignment(s), and if the matter is not resolved, may be terminated.
  • Ailey AIE & CP teaching artists are part-time employees and compensation for local work is on a per class basis. In addition, travel to sites in the NYC metro area is reimbursed.


    Interested dance instructors should visit the Alvin Ailey website at to become familiar with the Ailey organization and its Arts In Education programs. Cover letter detailing your interest in this position and resume.
  • Other details

    • Pay Type Hourly
    • New York, NY, USA