The Dalton School, a progressive independent K-12 gender inclusive school in Manhattan seeks a full-time Dance Theater teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Dalton is recognized as a national and international model of progressive education based upon a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum. Guided by the Dalton Plan, we are an intentionally diverse community committed to a tradition of life-long learning and educational innovation.
Dalton seeks an accomplished and visionary educator to join the First Program’s performing arts program. The Dance Theater teacher will work with fellow performing arts colleagues within and across the divisions to fulfill our mission of valuing and nurturing imagination and self-expression in the arts, and being particularly mindful of our historical emphasis on music, dance, theater and visual arts. We believe that active participation in and exposure to the performing arts expands our students’ horizons, empowers the development of their voice, and enhances their lives both at the First Program and beyond. This individual will be a dynamic and collaborative self-starter who uses their background in theater, drama and movement as tools for the explicit development and exercise of life skills. Candidates should be comfortable in moving their bodies with ease and expression.
Teach weekly Dance and Theater classes, Grades 1-3
Provide support for special projects/curriculum for Kindergarten students, as needed
Write, direct, choreograph and execute original musical dramatizations based on children’s literature with a NYC theme
Collaborate with classroom teachers to create arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the explicit development and exercise of life skills.
Help to organize student assemblies for the division. This includes clear planning, communication and execution with multiple stakeholders.
Assist FP Administration in execution and planning of large-scale, performances for various community events throughout the year
Work as part of a larger team with the lower school music teachers to coordinate and implement curricula
Liaise with other performing arts colleagues across the lower, middle and high school divisions
Possesses sustained experience teaching a lower school dance and/or theater program
Finds joy in working with children and in school life
An advanced degree or equivalent experience in Fine Arts, Theater and Dance
Approaches work with optimism, energy, kindness and a sense of humor
Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Possesses the ability to work across departmental lines, fostering collaboration and cooperation amongst faculty, staff and administration
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Commitment to the mission of The Dalton School, as well as the school’s ongoing dedication to ongoing learning about diversity, equity, inclusion and justice initiatives
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs and hiring. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, physical disability, or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.
We appreciate your interest in employment at The Dalton School. We would like to note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.
The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.
The Dalton School is the innovative leader in developing creative problem solvers who identify issues, grapple with possibilities, and design solutions to global challenges from multiple perspectives.
Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring.