Koresh Kids Dance seeks Apprentice Teaching Artist


Koresh Kids Dance has been a community partner of the School District of Philadelphia for 16  years, and currently partners with 25 2nd-5th grade classrooms in 10 elementary schools within the District. Our residencies run from October-June and provide rigorous, high-quality creative dance instruction during the school day. Students learn fundamental dance technique and movement vocabulary, while developing their own creative voice and building key social and emotional skills. Over the course of a residency, students are invited to create their own dances individually, in small groups and in collaboration as a class, culminating in a final performance of their work.


Teaching Artist requirements:

  • Must have a BA, BFA or higher education in Dance or Dance Education, OR equivalent experience
  • Must be motivated to teach, interested in working in Philadelphia public schools, and able to commit to the full school year (October-June)
  • Applicants should desire to facilitate students as creative artists and center student voice in their teaching
  • Must be able to teach collaboratively and facilitate collaboration among students
  • Must be able to complete clearances as required by the School District of Philadelphia


Preferred applicants will have:

  • Experience teaching in a school or other community dance setting
  • Experience teaching a creative dance curriculum
  • Willingness/ability to travel to sites outside of Center City


Additional consideration given to applicants with:

  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Background in Latin American, African or Black American folkloric dance styles


Teaching Artist responsibilities:

  • Assist at least two 45 minute dance classes for 2-5th grade students beginning the week of October 11th and culminating in early June.
  • Classes will be at consecutive times during one regularly scheduled school day (approximately 8:30 AM-3 PM)–exact day, time and school placement TBD
  • Learn and implement the Koresh Kids Dance classroom model
  • Gradually take on increased responsibilities for lesson planning and lead teaching as the year progresses
  • Develop lesson plans based in creative dance concepts
  • Help to develop and maintain a classroom environment that is safe for creating dance
  • Facilitate the development of students as artists, choreographers, and dancers
  • Assist the program director in developing a final end of the year performance
  • Attend up to 3 teaching artist meetings and PD sessions throughout the year outside of teaching


This position may include a possible opportunity for an additional placement as an Assistant Teaching Artist at a second site.

If interested please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected] 

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