The Baltimore School for the Arts seeks a Dance Department Head (Teacher-level position) to begin in August 2018.
BSA’s Dance Department Head leads a pre-professional dance training program that serves a diverse student body, largely drawn from Baltimore City. BSA’s students are selected through an audition for the dance program, and many are new to intensive dance training.
This person will manage the High School dance program and oversee the TWIGS dance program.
The High School program is part of a full school day, with a minimum of 3 hours of dance instruction per day. The training program features frequent visits from professional choreographers and college dance faculty. The Department Head selects and coordinates the work of the guest artists.
The TWIGS program, free to 2nd through 8th grade Baltimore City residents, is an after-school and Saturday program with class time ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours per week. TWIGS dance students are involved in several large-scale dance productions each year.
The dance program offers a rigorous, physically demanding program modeled on real-world expectations for today’s young dancers. The program features intensive technical training as well as audition-based performance opportunities. A comprehensive curriculum of classes in traditional ballet and modern technique prepares students for advanced college-level dance programs, as well as for future work with professional dance companies – both modern and ballet – and theatrical, television or film productions.
The Dance Department Head is responsible organizing the program’s curriculum, schedule and staff. The training ranges from beginning classes for elementary students to upper-level classes and productions that involve professional orchestras and masterworks of the dance repertoire. Many graduates of the dance program will be qualified for the most selective post-secondary dance training programs. Mentoring students as they progress is central to this role.
Recent BSA Dance accomplishments include:
Performances of The Nutcracker ballet and Appalachian Spring with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Alumni dancing or choreographing with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street
Alumni studying at University of Southern California, Juilliard, Southern Methodist University and Butler University
Strong training and experience as a dance professional
Knowledge of and connection to the professional dance world
Strong evidence of successful teaching in a dance program
Strong evidence of progressive leadership of an art or educational program
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to bring diverse constituencies together to support a common mission
Respect for the value of public education and the understanding of the challenges of working in a public school system
Bachelor’s degree in education or related field from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree preferred
Eligibility for Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Standard Professional Certificate, Advanced Professional Certificate or MSDE Conditional Certificate
Cover letters and resumes should be sent to:
Baltimore School for the Arts
c/o Executive Assistant Dance Department Leader Search
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The first selection round will occur immediately after December 15, 2017. Baltimore City Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: The BSA Board of Overseers will work closely with the Baltimore City Schools’ Office of Human Capital to provide a salary that is within City Schools’ guidelines and is commensurate with background and experience. BCPS
teacher-level salary ranges from $48,430 to $102,832. BCPS also provides excellent health benefits that include vision, dental and prescription drug coverage, State of Maryland teachers’ retirement benefits and life insurance.
Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) provides conservatory quality, pre-professional training in theatre, music, dance, stage production, visual arts and film. Students, admitted to the school solely on the basis of an arts audition, study one arts discipline in conjunction with a challenging college preparatory academic curriculum. Students spend a minimum of 3 hours per day in artistic coursework.... There are 415 students in grades 9-12.
The school has an exceptional graduation and college placement record – each year 95% or more of its graduates continue on to higher education. BSA is a Baltimore City Public School.
BSA has been recognized as one of the top five public arts high schools in the U.S. In recent surveys, graduates report college graduation rates nearly double the national average. BSA alumni can be found on Broadway and television, in films, in major dance companies, orchestras, and in museums, galleries and design firms all over the world.
As one of Baltimore’s premier cultural institutions, the school attracts artists of the highest caliber as faculty, as well as for residencies and master classes. BSA also provides access to the arts to Baltimore’s families and children through its free after-school arts education program, TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills), which serves 700 students per week, as well as other community outreach programs.