Ballet Arizona’s Adaptive Dance for Down Syndrome Program is designed to create a class environment that is sensitive to the needs of students with neurocognitive disabilities while nurturing their desire to dance. Students, ages 5-adult, can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality, and personal/social growth.


The Teacher provides direct creative movement instruction to students ages 5-7 with various neurocognitive disabilities and ensures a safe, challenging, fun, and accessible experience for the students who are part of the program. The Teacher is expected to plan and prepare lessons outside of class time and contribute his/her pedagogical and instructional expertise. The Teacher will collaborate with program staff to ensure instruction is effective and student needs are met. The Teacher will possess strong communication skills and must be willing to work directly with families and caregivers to support the needs of the students in the program. The Teacher must be available to teach on Saturdays and attend any mandatory training/orientations.


Under the supervision and direction of the School Director, the Teacher will fulfill all responsibilities as indicated below in a professional manner fully consistent with the policies and practices of Ballet Arizona and The School of Ballet Arizona.

• Implement program curriculum
• Plan weekly instruction
• Provide direct instruction to all participants that is in line with the spirit of the program, age specific, inclusive, and developmentally and culturally appropriate
• Make accommodations to ensure individual participant needs are met
• Communicate with other staff to ensure cohesive instruction
• Contribute to curriculum as applicable
• Communicate participant needs and outcomes to program staff, families, and caregivers
• Attend all relevant Ballet Arizona and School of Ballet Arizona staff and faculty meetings and teacher training seminars as scheduled
• Perform other duties as requested


There will be a total of (12) Saturday classes, split equally between the Fall and Spring sessions. Exact days and times will be determined through consensus between program staff and The School of Ballet Arizona staff.

It is highly recommended that the teacher candidate plan to shadow current program staff over the summer in June 2019 and July 2019 to observe and learn practical tools for success in working with program participants.

The teacher candidate must plan to attend a mandatory teacher training with program staff in Boston at Boston Ballet from August 3-4, 2019. Ballet Arizona will assume financial responsibility for the registration, air travel, and lodging accommodations for the teacher candidate to attend this training.


• Experience with a variety of dance styles and techniques
• Prior experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
• Willingness to accommodate various needs and abilities
• Enthusiasm for working with youth and a commitment to students’ growth and development through the arts
• Ability to work with program staff collaboratively to deliver curriculum
• A sensitive and caring attitude towards students and families
• Exemplary behavior management strategies and ability to effectively utilize positive reinforcement
• Knowledge of safe and effective studio practices

Based on experience.


Organization/Company: Ballet Arizona
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: 06/30/2019
How to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: