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Adrienne Arsht Center
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Miami, FL, United States

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AileyCamp Miami - West African Instructor


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Miami, FL, United States


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About AileyCamp Miami 2019:

June 22, 2020 - August 1, 2020

A six-week summer day camp where middle school students are “turned on” to dance and come to respect the discipline of dance as a physical activity that requires athletic ability comparable to skills demanded by any sport.  Also, campers will increase their leadership skills and enjoy a variety of social activities.  AileyCamp Miami is an innovative summer program of the Adrienne Arsht Center, designed to use dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression and critical thinking skills.  It does not serve as a training ground for professional dancers, but rather serves as a platform for self-growth. AileyCamp Miami serves Miami-Dade County Public Middle School students currently enrolled in 6th, 7th and 8th grade ages 11 to 14.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 500 events each year across its eight flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs 12 signature series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. The Center includes the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall, the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, a 200-seat flexible space Carnival Studio Theater, and the 57,000-square- foot central Thomson Plaza for the Arts outdoor performance space.
The Adrienne Arsht Center is proud to be home to three artistic resident partners:
Florida Grand Opera: formed in 1994 by the merger of Greater Miami Opera and The Opera Guild Inc. of Fort Lauderdale FGO stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. It combines a rich history of presenting internationally acclaimed artists, lesser known operas by great composers as well as commissions of works of living composers. 
Miami City Ballet: is among the largest ballet companies in the country. Since 1986, MCB has toured more than 100 U.S. cities, Europe, Great Britain, South America, Central America, and Israel. MCB currently performs in four counties in Florida with an active repertoire of 98 ballets.
New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy: prepares graduates for leadership position in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Since its inaugural concert in 1988 NWS has performed around the globe. 

Basic Function:

The West African Dance Instructor will instruct 1-4 classes of West African Dance in a classroom/studio setting for children ages 11-14 from diverse backgrounds. The West African Dance instructor will be an engaging instructor that can successfully introduce West African dance, other art forms, culture and terminology to non-dancers. Ideal candidate should have experience working with under- resourced youth populations.

Job Requirements:

West African Instructor Responsibilities:

• Teach1-4 West African dance classes per day, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 3:30pm
• Lead 20-27 campers in proper warm-ups, body movement and cool downs on a daily basis
• Teach fundamentals of dance as it relates to West African dance and culture
• Use appropriate terminology when talking or discussing West African dance and culture
• Manage the classroom of campers to assure all are engaged and learning
• Collaborate with drummers for live percussion music to support learning in the classroom
• Serve as a role model to campers by demonstrating high standards of personal conduct
• Assure the safety of campers at all times in the classroom
• Assist with daily camper check in and check out
• Choreograph for the final camp presentation in consultation with the AileyCamp Miami Director, Arsht Center Staff and other faculty
• Provide AileyCamp Miami Director with a schedule of proposed class content, written lesson plans for four weeks of instruction, five days per week
• Participate in breakfast duty, lunch duty, free periods and general supervision of campers when not in classes or meetings as needed
• Participate and supervise campers as directed on field trip days
• Participate in all rehearsal, preparation and day-of final performance activities as needed to support other artistic staff
• Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings (3:30 – 4:30pm) and individual meetings with AileyCamp Miami Director when scheduled
• Provide AileyCamp Miami Director with a written evaluation of student’s progress.
• Dress in the AileyCamp Miami staff uniform and in a neat and clean manner ensuring clothing and/or costumes do not contain inappropriate references for children (alcohol, drugs, profanity, etc.)
• Attend a mandatory staff orientation on June 17,18,19, 2020
• Voluntarily participate in the background checks required for employment including but not limited to federal and sex offender checks and finger printing
• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Minimum of 4 years’ previous experience, teaching dance to middle school aged youth
• Prior experience in establishing creative environments and opportunities of creative expression for youth
• Must be able to identify with and inspire youth from a variety of cultural backgrounds and learning environments
• Must have exceptional verbal and written skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate well to a diverse population, and work as part of a team with other creative staff members
• Demonstrate ability to take initiative, work under pressure and manage multiple tasks with completing deadlines in a self-directed, prioritized and calm manner
• Flexibility to meet changing needs and priorities as they occur
• Preferred- Bilingual in English, Spanish or a mixture of Creole and English

Suggestions for candidates and expressions of interest should be addressed to:

Email:, West African Instructor – AileyCamp Miami search in the title line.

The Adrienne Arsht Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer