Program Instructor III - Dance

City of Markham - Markham, ON (30+ days ago)

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Applications are now being accepted for the temporary part-time Program Instructor III - Dance position at the Box Grove Community Centre, in the Recreation Services Department of the Community & Fire Services Commission. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume online by February 21, 2020. Kindly specify in your cover letter which Dance style you would like to be considered for.

Dance Styles: Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary dance.

Hours: Mondays from 5pm to 8pm

Job Summary

Plans, organizes, instructs and leads standard, structured, complex and formal ballet dance for participants from children through to adults. Ensures a positive and safe environment for participants and peers.

Job Duties

Facilitates, leads and supervises the program.
Organizes and writes lesson plans to be handed in by week two of the program. Develops lesson plans specific to the abilities of each group. Reviews lesson plans with the Recreation Supervisor/Program Coordinator prior to class and submits at the end of each session.
Prepares and organizes program equipment and supplies, maintaining an inventory of supplies, reporting to the Program Coordinator/Recreation Supervisor any items needing replacement.
Keeps attendance records and checks with participants who have extended absences. Gives all new participant names that are not on the list to the Program Coordinator/Recreation Supervisor.
Checks and ensures all participant emergency and medical information is obtained through the completion of a personal data form on the participants’ first day.
Ensures all program participants are aware of upcoming events, program changes or cancellations.
Meets with parents (if needed) prior to, or after class time.
Directly guides volunteers and PT Program Assistants as required.
Advises Program Coordinator/Recreation Supervisor of any customer service issues, complaints or inquiries.
Ensures safety at ALL times, enforcing safety regulations as set out by the City of Markham sports, fitness, arts and leisure programs policies and procedures. (e.g. wearing CSA approved hockey helmets for skating programs and mandatory masks for pre-school children).
Ensures the site, equipment and supplies are appropriate to the activity and environment to reduce and minimize risk to other staff and participants.
Children between the ages of 6 – 12 years must use the buddy system when going to the washroom. Escorts preschool children to the washroom or change room, ensuring that preschool children are never left in the sole attendance of a volunteer.
Unlocks and locks-up the facility/program location as required.


Minimum High School Diploma.
Technical and practical training at an advanced level
Demonstrated experience which includes working with children and youth. Must be willing to submit or demonstrate a sample of their choreography.
Minimum of 2 years of practical teaching expertise in formal dance such as Ballet to children and youth. At least 3 years of prior experience developing skills in Ballet.
Current Standard First Aid and CPR “C”.
High Five Certificate and adherence to the principles of Healthy Child Development (Children ages 6 to 12 years).
Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
Knowledge of dance related training and education methods and techniques in a particular area.
Knowledge of Basic Dance principles in Ballet.
Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of Dance equipment and facilities.
Knowledge of warm-up, stretching, choreography & free-styling dance combinations. This form of dance has the most in-demand and sought after form of artistic expression for youth.
Excellent verbal/written communication skills, leadership skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of patrons, parents and staff in a courteous and efficient manner.
Ability to teach basic level (not competition level) Ballet to children, youth and adults.
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behavior and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.

Successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening letter as determined by the City of Markham as a condition of employment.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all applicants who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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