OUR MISSION The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
Middle School Arts Recognizing that the arts help us to appreciate and express both the individuality and shared threads of the human experience, we believe that cultivating artistic expression is a central tenet in our quest for our students to construct and demonstrate understanding. As we work with students to build their capacity for innovation and creativity, we seek to deepen each student's experience in the visual and performing arts.
Our strategic initiatives demand that we examine how the arts can more powerfully interact with other subjects of study. To support this important work, each division has a department head who leads the arts team in creating a curriculum that focuses on literacy in the visual arts, dance, drama, and music and fosters collaboration within the department and with other disciplines. Such an approach leads to an "education in the arts and education through the arts."
Middle School Dance The Middle School Dance curriculum focuses on technique, performance skills, and choreography. Confidence, creativity, expressiveness, musicality, and energy are emphasized in classes.
Creative work is central to the curriculum, and students explore a wide range of topics from across the curriculum through choreography. Recent topics have included coral reefs, the Harlem Renaissance, sound waves, the Indus River Valley, multiples and factors, and the Italian Renaissance. Through these projects, students learn how to explore ideas through movement, how to structure a dance, how to create movement phrases, and how to use elements such as level, dynamics, speed, theme and variation, and stillness effectively.
Frequent in-class presentations of student choreography provide opportunities for detailed discussions, which help students revise their work.
Our next Middle School Dance Teacher will…
be an educator and dancer who
understands pre-adolescent and adolescent development and applies this knowledge in designing a Middle School dance curriculum for students in grades 4–7
creates an inclusive and welcoming classroom in which students take creative risks and share ideas with confidence
designs engaging lessons to teach dance technique and choreographic skills
introduces students to a rich and broad range of dances and dance traditions with a focus on thoughtful historic and cultural context
leads the Middle School Dance Club, Winter Concert Ensemble, and develops other extracurricular activities
collaborates with colleagues to create integrated projects in which students explore concepts from many disciplines, including history, science, mathematics, and literature, through dance.
collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the arts, and so
is a contributing member of the Middle School Arts Department
partners with colleagues in the Lower and Upper School Dance Department to ensure alignment across the divisions
participates as a member of a Middle School Homeroom team
participates fully in the rich life of the School
have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in order to support the School mission, and so
understands and celebrates diversity in the deepest and broadest sense, working equitably with all learners and exhibiting cultural competency to support students of different backgrounds
shares the School’s belief that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth and is committed to ongoing professional development in DEI work
will support all students through inclusive curriculum and practices
Successful candidates will
Have a BA degree and extensive dance training
Have experience teaching dance to children
Have experience as a choreographer
Demonstrate a desire to share their knowledge, skills, and passion for dance with Middle School students
To apply: Candidates should submit a current résumé and cover letter by April 30.
About The Chapin School
The Chapin School is dedicated to empowering a diverse, ambitious and resolute community of young women to thrive and lead in their world. Guided by our motto, Fortiter et Recte, Chapin considers bravery, compassion, service and respect for self and others to be fundamental values. We believe that equity, inclusion and collaboration are critical to personal growth. By advancing and deepening each student’s agency, confidence and resilience within an affirming and joyful learning environment, Chapin strives to ensure that each student is emboldened to pursue distinction as a leader and contributing citizen.
The Chapin School, founded in 1901, is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City currently serving 802 students K–12.
Chapin’s signature Focus Forward strategic plan, which guided our work for more than a decade, intensified Chapin’s historic commitment to offering the most challenging academic curriculum while also teaching the social, emotional and other skills that will set the stage for its students’ success in this century. Chapin’s institutional priorities continue to be imbued with the spirit of Focus Forward. We have fine-tuned our... articulation of the School’s purpose as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. A forward-focused learning community whose symbol is a wheel will never cease to strive toward achieving its vision of cultivating in girls the skills and attributes that will allow them to be brave for themselves and for others.
UNDER ONE ROOF
Chapin’s single building provides a unified learning environment under one roof for all students, the 128 faculty members who teach them and the 85 staff members who support all other aspects of school life. An ambitious construction project to be completed in 2020 will feature an entire floor dedicated to the arts and a gymnasium with suspended running track—all with spectacular views of our urban location. The Hayot Center for Innovation, to open in 2020, will provide our entire learning community the opportunity to extend our commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry-based investigations and explorations, deepening students’ interests through experimentation, invention and the development of out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues.
Our vibrant, inspiring and welcoming new spaces will further our commitment to a forward- focused learning environment that enables all students to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century to the best of their abilities. With these exciting new spaces as a canvas, we renew our pledge to develop curriculum and pedagogy that reflect current research and best practices, always placing each student at the center of her own learning.