Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire an exceptional and highly qualified educator for a part-time teaching position in the Upper School Performing Arts Department (grades 10-12). The ideal candidate should be a conservatory-trained dancer with a demonstrated knowledge in adolescent movement and dance pedagogy.
The responsibilities of this position include team-teaching one section of advanced dance each weekday in the afternoon. This auditioned class becomes the company for the dance concert and begins extra after school and weekend rehearsals mid-year. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated experience in the creation, development, and staging of high-level dance productions and will work in conjunction with the production manager and members of the performing arts department in all facets of production; staging, sound-design, lighting, and costuming. The director will have a great deal of creative control and license over the conceptualization and development of the production and will work closely with the student dancers, inspiring them to find their own creative voice. Additional responsibilities could include the choreography of the Fall musical and co-directing end of semester dance showcases.
Minimum-- Bachelor’s Degree in Dance; Master’s Degree or MFA preferred;
Experience and expertise teaching Dance; including choreography, technique, performance and large ensemble productions;
Demonstrated commitment towards pedagogical development in the field of dance, choreography, and movement;
Ability to communicate concepts in a clear and concise manner to students and foster an innovative and creative learning environment;
Zeal for working with adolescents;
Enthusiasm to become part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students and colleagues, and attending events outside their field of responsibility.