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AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz Dance)
Cal Performances

Berkeley, CA

Cal Performances is recruiting for a full-time temporary/limited position of AileyCamp Dance Instructor (Jazz Dance). 

Cal Performances is the performing arts presenting, commissioning and producing organization based at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Cal Performances presents and produces outstanding artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs which promote excellence, innovation, diversity, education, and community involvement, with the fundamental belief that the arts are vital to our society locally, nationally, and internationally.  Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances is a program of the department of Artistic Literacy under the general supervision of the Director of Artistic Literacy. Cal Performances supports AileyCamp with an array of professional performing arts services, including but not limited to marketing, public relations, facilities including Zellerbach Auditorium, and a full professional technical staff.

AileyCamp is a nationally proven arts education program that uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills among 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (aged 11-14) who are at risk of dropping out of school.  AileyCamp also provides exceptional dance training to middle school students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.  The project was inspired by the work of the late Alvin Ailey, internationally renowned dance artist, choreographer, and founder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  Please visit to learn more about AileyCamp and Cal Performances.

The AileyCamp Dance Instructors will teach, model and support student learning in and through dance techniques to the AileyCampers. Specific techniques in Jazz, Modern (Horton technique), West African, and Ballet are detailed below.  The dance faculty consists of four instructors working collaboratively with the other camp staff. 

Required Qualifications

  • Requires prior experience as a professional dancer and dance instructor in Jazz and a basic understanding of the principles of jazz dance including jazz hands, jazz walks, jazz runs, leaps, jazz slides, step-ball changes and energy focus.
  • Demonstrated experience working with urban children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, identified as having one or more of the following at-risk factors:  living with a single parent or no parent; having a sibling who dropped out of school or became a school-age parent; having difficulty with the traditional school structure as determined by teacher observation; or having low self-esteem. 
  • Familiarity with and/or ability to be trained in and implement youth-centered learning frameworks.
  • Excellent leadership skills including an ability to command respect and motivate achievement while working effectively with young people.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to diverse persons, and work as a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines in a self directed, prioritized and calm manner. 
  • Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check.

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience choreographing for youth of varying abilities.
  • Experience with the frameworks of youth development and youth-centered learning environments.

Other Information: 

This is a full-time temporary/limited position with a start date of June 19, 2017 and an end date of August 4, 2017.  Five day work week – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., all weeks except the week of staff training which may include a Saturday or Sunday.  Pay is $5,600 total for period of June 19 to August 4, 2017.

Please visit (search by the Job ID #22950) for full job description and to apply. When applying, please include a cover letter with your resume.


Deadline: 04-03-2017

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