Reports to: Academic Dean and Art Department Chair
Foxcroft seeks a part time, experienced dance instructor, who is prepared to teach Foxcroft’s Dance Company and the PE Dance program, and to sponsor student-run dance clubs. This is a unique opportunity to rebuild a program that includes student choreography and community outreach as well as to contribute to the performing arts program at Foxcroft.
The Dance Instructor will oversee Foxcroft’s dance program by teaching Foxcroft’s Dance Company, which meets concurrently with the PE Dance students 3 times per week for 2 to 2-1/2 hours after school throughout the school year. The position will direct an annual dance performance and assist the directors of theatre and music with choreography and instruction of dance for the musical review and the musical. Students who are taking the course for art credit must perform at other times throughout the year and must receive grades and comments. As a faculty member, this position will attend faculty meetings as designated by the Academic Dean and Arts Department Chair. A calendar of meetings will be provided.
In addition, the dance instructor will provide guidance on a regular basis to Rhythm Nation and the STEP team, two student-run dance clubs.
Time commitments may vary during tech weeks. Clear, advance communication with the Academic Dean and Arts Department Chair is required.
No job description can anticipate all responsibilities as such; there may be other assigned duties.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
College-level study of dance is required. Teaching experience is preferred.
Knowledge of instructional strategies for teaching dance to girls
An understanding of the developmental needs of adolescent girls
Energy and enthusiasm for the program
Organization, punctuality, good communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to build relationships with multiple constituencies: students, parents, faculty, the community.
All prospective employees must be able to clear a fingerprint and background check.
Physical Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent may be required to remain sedentary for long periods of time in meetings and while processing information and paper work both manually and on a computer. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The employee uses hands and arms to reach and must be able to use fingers and hands to type and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse. The requirements of the job include repetitive motions of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
Position involves both inside sedentary work and work in the dance studio to coach, teach, and train students. Demonstration of appropriate skills may involve strained muscles or orthopedic related injuries from physical movement.
The employee is regularly required to listen, physically direct, and speak. Additionally, this position must be able to converse clearly in both written and oral communications, over a telephone and in person. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Work hours may vary and include days, nights, and weekends.
Occasionally, the employee may be required to lift up to 25 pounds, traverse uneven terrain and climb stairs while moving about campus, bend and stoop. Work hours may vary and include days, nights, and weekends.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet; however, variations in noise level may occur when the employee attends school functions such as assemblies, school dances, graduation and other events.
About Foxcroft School
Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The school is located on 500 acres in Middleburg, Virginia, 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Student Body
Foxcroft is, by design, a small, residential school. The 2015-16 student body is 70 percent boarding students with a total of 167 girls from 18 states, Washington D.C., and 14 countries. Seventeen percent are U.S. students of color, 25 percent international students and more than 30 percent receive financial aid. More than 15 percent of the students are related to alumnae -- an impressive testament to the relationship between the School and its graduates.
Foxcroft curriculum offerings number 83 courses and 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as academic support through the Learning Center and the Math and English Labs. In 2015, 21 students -- including 10 members of the (then) Junior Class, earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board. Seven girls earned AP Scholar with Distinction Award ...status by achieving an average of at least 3.5 (out of five) on all the AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more tests. Nationwide, only 22 percent of students who take AP Exams earn such recognition. (AP Scholars must earn a grade of three or higher on three or more AP Exams.)
The student:faculty ratio is 6:1 and 83 percent of the teaching faculty have advanced degrees. About 85 percent of the faculty live on campus and all are available outside of class for extra help, review, and additional work. A diverse group, 16 percent of our classroom teachers are people of color/multiracial, and individual members have lived and worked all over the world, including Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland.
Above and Beyond
Foxcroft is at the forefront of STEM education and inspiring girls to pursue these vital fields of study: More than 35 percent of its 2014 graduates chose STEM fields as their majors in college -- compared to 20 percent nationally. Science and Math faculty incorporate new teaching strategies, technologies, projects, and service learning into students’ lives and School facilities include STEM lab, an engineering workshop, an Animal Room and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. In addition, the Read Observatory houses a Newtonian-Cassegrain reflecting telescope, two 8-inch Celestron telescopes, and astrophotography and solar-observing accessories.
Members of the Class of 2015 received 128 acceptances to 85 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. See a full list of acceptances in the College Counseling section of our website.