Feb 27, 2024

We are hiring teachers: NYC & Portland

Calling all dance artists

We’re growing our team and currently looking to hire new teachers in New York City and Portland, OR. Seeking dance artists who are community-minded, entrepreneurial and excited about supporting the growth of Dance Church in their city.

The deadline to submit applications is March 17, 2024.

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⭐️ Mission / Goals
Dance Church is on a mission to bring the joy and release of dance to every body, while building sustainable systems of support for dance artists. Every class is taught by a dance artist, and Dance Church invites new audiences into dance spaces, enabling connection and financial support for teachers that complements their dance careers.

⭐️ About the Class
Dance Church® is an all-levels movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies. Teachers guide 60-70ish minutes classes of guided movement cues and free form dance breaks, accompanied by a curated playlist of multi-genre pop music, and encourage intuitive choices from all takers.

⭐️ What it means to be a teacher
We are looking for dance artists who are community-minded, entrepreneurial and excited about supporting the growth of Dance Church in their city. You will become part of the Dance Church teacher community, receive in-depth training and ongoing support for class structure and planning, music curation, community-building, and access to marketing mentorship and resources. Teachers are scheduled by the Dance Church programming team, and must be available for at least 2 shifts per month at all venues in your city for the first 6 months of hire. You can also teach pop-up classes while traveling and on tour. In addition to teaching, all Dance Church teachers are regularly scheduled to Support classes. Support shifts include setting up the dance space, checking folks in, supporting the safety and energy of class, and adding your movement to the room!

⭐️ How to apply
Start your application here! We will reach out to you within 1-3 weeks and those who qualify will be invited to a 60 minute screening call before the decision is finalized. 

⭐️ What is the time commitment?
If you’re invited to become a teacher, congratulations! You’ll meet your cohort and receive in-depth training covering best practices for teaching class, building community, and ongoing marketing. Training takes 16-20 hours and can mostly be completed asynchronously (on your own time) online. During Training you will also be asked to attend IRL classes in your city, and meet with your cohort and the Training Manager for 3 one-hour meetings.

The main work is to go through training, regularly attend classes in your city (research and development!) and maintain an active and thoughtful teaching practice. Once you begin teaching, classes are compensated at 5 hours of work per class, including playlist building, class planning, and in-studio teaching time.

Teachers are guaranteed at least 1 Teaching shift and 1 Support Role shift every month. The programming team will schedule each month based on availability. All Dance Church Teachers and team members meet monthly for one hour on zoom. This ongoing meeting provides a rhythm for collaborative development, company updates and ongoing training.

⭐️ Compensation

Teachers are W2 employees and are paid as follows: Teacher Role (5 hours/scheduled class) & Support Role (2 hour/scheduled class) Hourly Rates below

  • $40 an hour - First 10 Classes taught
  • $45 an hour - Second 10 classes taught
  • $50 an hour - After 20 classes taught

Additionally, teachers are paid minimum wage (per their state and/or metropolitan jurisdiction) for their time completing required training and setup prior to their first class, and ongoing $20 per hour for any required work outside of classes, for example attending teacher meetings.

We will provide you with necessary equipment: AV adaptor, sweat towel, Aesop spray, and monthly Spotify account. Dance Church will not reimburse for travel. 

⭐️ Inclusivity

Dance Church is committed to creating spaces that are equitable and inclusive for all backgrounds, identities, abilities, and body types. This pursuit is woven into every action we take as a company- in classes, the organization, and the community. We have a lot of work to do, and it will take time to reach this vision.

Over the past few years we have:

  • $5 tickets to in-person classes for dance artists through this application process
  • $0 tickets for BIPOC dance artists through this application process
  • Fundraised and amplified multiple non-profit organizations
  • Implemented equitable hiring practices to prioritize a diverse applicant pool
  • Continued conversations and training around accessibility and inclusivity in our classes

⭐️ To apply, you'll be asked to provide the following:

  • CV/Resume (Please include all job experience in and outside of Dance, i.e - administrative, service, management, self ran business, non-profit, etc.)
  • 2 minute (max) Self-Tape (Introduce yourself, share an excerpt of something you worked on recently that you’re proud of, or represents who you are as a person and artist, and attach any teaching excerpts if applicable.)

⭐️ Criteria

  • You are a Dance Artist
  • You have some experience as a Dance Educator // Teacher
  • You live in one of our centrally-programmed Dance Church cities: LA, New York, Portland, Seattle
  • You have connections to a community who you think would show up for classes & you are a conscientious community builder
  • You are somewhat familiar with DC as a brand and as a class structure
  • You have taken at least one IRL Dance Church class (preferably in your city of hire)
  • You are a good communicator, organized, reliable
  • You have practice with building relationships, supporting and building brand awareness
  • Your intent is to teach often
  • You have experience building community across a diversity of identities. We prioritize inclusion for identities traditionally marginalized in dance (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, age diversity and body diversity).
  • You are available to complete asynchronous training within six weeks, and fulfill your first shift (Support or Teacher) within seven weeks of hire

We are an equal opportunity employer and highly value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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