Dance Education Coordinator and Instructor

Moscow, Idaho, United States

Job description

TITLE: Dance Education Coordinator and Instructor (one vacancy).

START DATE: August 2018

SALARY/HOURS: $22,300 for nine months (mid August to mid May). Minimum of 26-30 hours per week including evenings and weekends. Renewable position.

BENEFITS: Five weeks of time off during the school year comprised of Thanksgiving week, three weeks at Christmas, and Spring break week.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Festival Dance and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the University of Idaho Dance Program, is seeking a Dance Education Coordinator and Instructor. This position presents a unique opportunity for a professional in the dance field to work in both an academy setting and a collegiate dance program preparing future dancers and instructors for careers in the performing arts. Festival Dance has been providing quality dance instruction to area residents for over 30 years, and functions as a lab for university dance program students to observe and practice effective teaching strategies for all ages and movement disciplines. This position will be ideal for someone who specializes in ballet and pointe, and has enthusiastic interest in teaching dance to children, adolescents, and college level students. Additionally, Festival Dance’s presence on the University of Idaho campus presents ample opportunity for creative collaborations with departments and programs across campus and in the community.

As a multi-faceted non-profit organization in residence at the University of Idaho, Festival Dance’s mission is to provide access to quality arts education and programming through Festival Dance Academy (serving ages 4 to adult), our annual Great Performances series of professional touring events (3 to 4 each season), and extensive outreach activities and collaborations with numerous community and university organizations. Festival Dance shares office and studio space with the University of Idaho Dance Program through a memorandum of agreement.

The University of Idaho Dance Program offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance. UI Dance offers courses in all levels of ballet and modern, supplemented by courses in jazz, tap, hip hop, and world dance. UI Dance students have the opportunity to perform and participate in the production of two main-stage concerts each year and numerous student-produced concerts.

Facilities used by Festival Dance and UI Dance include two large studios, one of which converts to a 120-seat theatre for student concerts, the University of Idaho Administration Building Auditorium, and the University of Idaho Hartung Theatre for main-stage concerts.


For Festival Dance Academy: Candidate will provide approximately 10-12 contact hours per week of high-quality and safe instruction in ballet, jazz, and other technique courses to students enrolled in Festival Dance Academy classes. This will include developing choreography for the annual Spring Concert and other performances as necessary. Additionally, candidate will oversee local childrens’ participation in The Nutcracker (presented every other year by Eugene Ballet), which includes supervising the auditions and performance, and conducting weekend rehearsals in the fall. Candidate will be active in our outreach programs, including coordinating and teaching Discover Dance classes in area elementary schools. Academy administration duties (approximately 6-10 hours per week) will include attending meetings with Festival Dance Executive Director and instructors, responding to parent inquiries, working with our administrative assistant on academy enrollment, scheduling/coordinating performances for academy students, coordinating and overseeing all other academy instructors in conjunction with the Festival Dance Executive Director, and all other duties as assigned.

For UI Dance Program: Candidate will provide 8 contact hours per week of high-quality instruction in university-level ballet courses, plus modern and/or jazz technique, depending on interest and background. Candidate will be required to complete a comprehensive syllabus for each course taught, attend all required meetings, keep record of student attendance/assignments, uphold UI Dance policies and procedures, create a safe and positive learning environment, follow fair assessment practices, adhere to FERPA guidelines, and report grades.


  • Choreograph and rehearse a piece for the University of Idaho Dance Faculty concert in the fall.
  • Teach intersession courses for Festival Dance in June, enrollment permitting.
  • Teach summer workshops for Festival Dance in July and August, enrollment permitting.
  • Teach additional classes for the University of Idaho Dance Program if candidate specializes in other movement areas or academic topics in dance.


  • Instruction of on-line and/or in-person summer courses for University of Idaho.
  • Professional development through attendance at state, regional, and national conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should have expertise and interest in teaching and choreographing for a variety of ages and skill levels in ballet and jazz. Background in additional movement disciplines is desired. Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Dance is preferred, but equivalent experience will be considered.

Candidates should submit the following:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • Links to videos of choreography illustrating work with a variety of skill levels (2 complete works and clips as desired).

How to apply

Please submit required information to: Abby Glanville, Director of Festival Dance and Performing Arts, by email to

OR by mail to:

Festival Dance and Performing Arts
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2403
Moscow, ID 83844

Application Deadline for priority consideration is February 23rd, 2018.

For more information about Festival Dance and Performing Arts or the University of Idaho Dance Program, please visit:

Since 1889, the University of Idaho has been a place that expects more from itself, more from its students, more from knowledge and more from life. We offer a distinctive combination of outstanding majors and graduate programs, accomplished faculty, world-class facilities, renowned research and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting. It's no wonder we're ranked among the top national universities in the country (U.S. News & World Report). We're also one of the best values in higher education (The Princeton Review).