Assistant Teaching Artist Training Program

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Position: Assistant Teacher / Teacher Training Program Reports to: School Director Applications accepted year-round.

MMDG believes that access to the arts is essential to everyone. The Dance Center is a place for all members of the community to gather to create, learn, and perform. It has become a major NYC cultural center offering a wide range of education and community programs all with live musical accompaniment– reflecting the spirit of MMDG in its celebration of music and dance.


Assistant Teachers help Dance Center faculty with class management in the Children & Teen Program and Dance Camps at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Assistants must possess a strong interest in dance education, have the maturity and disposition to work with children in a bustling dance center, and have reached advanced proficiency in their own dance training.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Help with taking attendance (Check IN and Check OUT)

Correct students and/or assist a struggling dancer as the teacher leads the class

Correct students who are misbehaving or not following instructions

Lead certain warm-ups or exercises when requested by the teacher

Escort children to bathroom or water fountain

Oversee a group of students during scheduled breaks during dance camps

Hand out props or set up items to be used in class

Keep an eye out for potential hazards like untied shoe laces or poor spatial awareness while children are dancing

Be a source of positive and enthusiastic energy in the class

Keep students on task and focused

Offer encouragement to dance students during the class

Help to line up students and to keep them in line

Work seamlessly with the teacher by anticipating his/her needs so that together you can provide a fun and supportive learning environment for younger dancers



Teaching Trainees should have appropriate dance training and should enjoy working with children. Assistants must make a commitment to the classes they’re assigned, attending every scheduled class and finding substitutes for the classes they cannot attend. Absences are strongly discouraged. Assistants must be present for The School’s Parents’ Observation Days in the Winter and the Fall as well as the end-of-camp performances.


Commit to 16 weeks of either Fall or Spring semester, or both. Priority will be given to those applicants who are able to commit to both semesters

Commit to TWO 2-class shifts per week or ONE 3-class shift per week

Commit to a full Dance Camp. Dance Camps are held in February and July/August

Attend the annual faculty meeting, date determined by School Director


Unlimited discounted dance classes

Valuable experience as a dance teacher

Letters of recommendation or reference for future work as a dance teacher

Access to affordable studio rental space

Discounts on intensives, workshops, and master classes offered at the Dance Center

Access to discounted tickets and special events


Monday-Friday: Class times meet between 3:45-6:45pm Saturday: Class times meet between 9:00am-12:00pm Dance Camps: Camps meet Monday-Friday for 4.5 hours (summer; mid-winter break)COMPENSATION:

Upon successful completion of two semesters (or one academic year) of classes, trainees will be added to the Dance Center faculty substitution list (standard rate of pay) and eligible for pay for classes they assist.

The Teacher Training program accepts 20-25 participants each year.

Please provide with your application:

1. Resume detailing your teaching, dancing, work, and academic experience.

2) Cover Letter explaining where you are currently in your dance education career, what interests you, and how the Teacher Training program at Mark Morris Dance Center will further your interests and career.

3) A Letter of Recommendation Apply

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.

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