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Requisition Number 14-0207
Post Date 7/30/2014
Title Dance Specialist
City New York
State NY
Description Summary:

Activity Specialists facilitate service learning, organize trips, conduct outreach and recruitment, and partner with the community on service based projects. They attend monthly workshops, provide supervision to tutors/counselors, and provide quarterly reports to meet SASF and funder requirements. Our Academic, Activities and Sports Specialists are responsible for creating lessons, projects and objectives that meet the individual students’ needs. He/she fosters an atmosphere of fun and learning and serves as a role model to youth, always conducting him/herself in the utmost professional manner and maintaining appropriate boundaries. They are also responsible for maintaining target number of participants.
• Dance Specialists organize, lead, and promote interest in activities such as Traditional Jazz , African dance, Folk dance, Hip-hop & funk dance, Acro dance, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary dance, Flamenco, Modern dance, Tap dance, Latin dance, ballroom dance, liturgical dance, improvisational dance, step, freestyle, break/house dance. Specialists should teach basic dance principles and then go beyond that through the act of demonstration by teacher, student’s follow and then challenge student’s to use their own creative thinking within the art. Exploring creativity is part of dance, drama and music. Art Specialists utilize and adapt the New York State Arts Learning Standards along with the SASF curriculum for dance in order to create an engaging and awarding activity that encourages participation in SASF programs.

Essential Job Functions:

• Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
• Organize, lead, and promote interest in daily dance activities such as warm-up, movement across the floor, center activity and combinations as well as activities that lead to full performance pieces, trips to see shows and workshops outside the site to enhance and further learning.
• Organize performance groups, and direct their rehearsals, put on performances at the site and prepare to audition for the Annual SASF Performing Arts Showcase.
• Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to students.
• Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet the requirements of SASF along with the student’s interests.
• Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
• Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in the activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
• Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other students, explaining rules, and encouraging participation.
• Evaluate activity to determine if they are producing desired results.
• Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
• Coordinate competitions between other Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation programs or outside of SASF programs.
• Progressive development of student skills leading to a final project
• Provide support during academic/homework hour
• Promotes positive character development in all youth
• Most SASF Specialists are expected to provide homework support during Academic hour.

Required skills:
• Must be knowledgeable and skilled in one or more styles of dance and have prior experience successfully teaching and instructing youth in dance.
• Must have prior performance experience and stage/theater etiquette and understanding
• Must have knowledge and prior experience choreographing dance works and putting a performance together.
• Must have knowledge in dance terminology, history and resources to develop a well rounded and cohesive study in dance throughout the school year.
• Must be responsible, reliable and punctual!
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required

• High school diploma
• Minimum of two years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required.
• Must have passion for SASF mission and demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development.
• Able to work late afternoons and/or evenings. After-School hours can span from 2:50pm-6:50pm, with most programs running from 3-6pm.
• Certifications and credentials in respective dance activity highly preferred.
• Candidates who are qualified to lead instruction in more than one activity preferred as well.
• Must pass pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to employment history and criminal background check
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