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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 2020

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.

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.

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

Job Requirements:


• 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