Seeking art teachers – Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to some wonderful new grants that have come in, we have an opportunity to expand some of our programs into more schools in the West Town/Humboldt Park neighborhood. We are looking for dance and theatre teaching artists to work in k-8th classrooms as well as to lead Wellness (fitness and nutrition/cooking) classes for parents. I’ve included and attached the job description, please feel free to pass it onto anyone you know who maybe interested. The programs will begin in February and March and we are hoping to fill the spots before break on Dec. 22.

Thank you for your help,
Ellyzabeth Adler

Dance and Theatre Teaching Artist Positions Available
(contracts begin February 2011 & are roughly 8-20 sessions, 1 hour in length):
· CDE is currently seeking dance and theatre teaching artists experienced in teaching children grades prek-8th for our residency programs. (see descriptions below under candidates)
o Specific programs include: Books Alive, Cooking Show & Measurements of Movement
· CDE is seeking teaching artists to teach fitness and cooking classes for parents in low-income schools in the West Town neighborhood.
Compensation: rates depend on the program between $25-60 an hour plus prep time
Candidates must have experience teaching, developing curriculum, working with classroom and fellow teaching artists to develop programming. Must have a desire for fun with kids and innovation teaching methods. Background checks required.

Current Teaching Positions:
Residency School Day Programs: we are currently accepting applications for our following programs:
Measurements in Movement This class is designed for all grades to explore choreography movement and mathematical concepts resulting in a structured modern dance. The purpose of this class is to develop an awareness of body, space, tempo and connect the movement to concepts such as symmetry, number, line, parallel, diagonal and fractions.

The Cooking Show The Cooking Show addresses a need for wellness education in our schools through acting exercises, learning new recipes and writing foods reviews. By learning to cook healthy meals, students are also able to demonstrate math skills (ie. how many 1/4 cups are in 1 cup). At the end of the program, the kids will use all their new skills to create a filmed TV show performance that will include a host, judges, student cooking teams and an audience.

Books Alive Theatre Night for Day and After School CDE works with grades K-8 using books, folklore and student poetry to create performances for school, parent or community audiences. All source material is directly tied to current academic curriculum. Our teaching artists work with classroom teachers to decide on themes and stories and create accompanying sets and costumes.

Parent Wellness Fitness and Nutrition Workshops and Classes this is a new program for CDE and will be developing based on classes already taught by Ellyzabeth Adler. The focus is to educate parents in healthy lifestyle choices that include portion size, cooking, and exercising. The exercise classes should incorporate dance, yoga, and Pilates. No need to be certified, just a strong knowledge to make the workouts fun and inspiring to parents who have little to no exercise experience.

Application: please email the following information to Ellyzabeth Adler, Executive Director, no phone calls please

1. Resume with teaching experience & three references

2. Knowledge of the Illinois State Standards

3. A brief paragraph on how your teaching philosophy fits with ours, your experience & why you love teaching

4. Any curriculum ideas for the school programs you are interested in applying for

5. State whether or not you have a car & availability

Who we are: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is a multidisciplinary arts organization that engages and inspires the community through socially conscious performances and outreach programs. We fuse literature, theatre, contemporary dance, theatre, multimedia and visual art into the content of our performances and outreach programming.
Outreach Programs:
Kids Project is a school age outreach program that works to increase awareness of the arts and improve literacy in children of all backgrounds through experiences in visual and performing arts. Similar to the adult performance ensemble, the Kids Project uses literature as a vehicle and introduces students to the fine and performing arts while increasing literacy skills and fostering greater self-esteem.

Teen Artist Project encourages teens to draw upon their experiences to express their own thoughts and ideas through the fine and performing arts. Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s outreach program for middle school and high school students, fills a need for arts programming in Chicago schools and community centers through our collaborative spirit and ability to connect with students through our multidisciplinary work.

Teaching Philosophy: CDE uses a process-oriented approach in our classrooms so that we can build upon of each child’s personalities and inherent talents. By giving our students achievable goals, they become more self-confident and we are able to build on those simple goals by making them more complex. Our “Whole-Child” teaching philosophy enables us to help students learn better ways to communicate. By processing emotions and their physical responses, our students gain an understanding of body awareness and become more intuitive to others’ needs. The “Whole-Child” teaching philosophy allows us to create a flexible curriculum incorporating theatre, dance and visual art to meet the needs of our students.

Teaching Objectives:
â—¦ Engage and inspire students by fusing literature, theatre, dance and visual arts.
◦ Build upon each child’s personality and inherent talents.
◦ Strengthen student’s literacy skills, critical thinking and self-esteem.
â—¦ By teaching creatively gets children to fully understand academic concepts

Jorge Félix
arts direction – curatorial-exhibition consultant – non-profit administration
phone: (773) 620-8608 e-mail:

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