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Sessional Instructor, Introductory Ballet I, Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts

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Job ID: 15667

Updated: June 19, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to teach the following course during the Fall 2018 Session:

  • DNCE 221 - Introductory Ballet I
    SEM S01 Monday 08:00-09:50,
    LAB B01 Wednesday 08:00-9:50

Course Description:

Introductory study of the techniques of ballet.

Course Hours: 3 units; H(2S-2)

Notes: A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.



The preferred candidate will have university level experience teaching both dance majors and non-majors. Certification in an area of body studies (yoga, pilates, Gyrotonic, Penchenat Method or other), is an asset. Professional experience teaching Ballet for Contemporary Dancers is preferred. 

Skills Required

  • Possession of a Master's or Bachelor’s degree in dance with a Ballet emphasis OR equivalent professional dance experience in Ballet
  • Strong foundation in functional anatomy
  • Experience teaching Ballet to adult beginners in a non-recreational environment
  • Understands the role of ballet training to support a contemporary dance curriculum
  • University and/or professional level teaching experience in Ballet

Desirable Skills and Abilities

  • Energy, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Willingness to work with students having a wide range of skills, varying abilities, motivations, and academic or vocational goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to use instructional strategies designed for diverse learning styles and academic goals.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current literature on dance.

Application Process:

To apply to the above teaching opportunity, please submit a letter of application to the email account indicating which course(s) and session(s) you are interested in teaching.

In support of your application, please provide the following:

  • Current, up-to-date CV (if the SCPA does not already have one on file)
  • Three references (required if you have not taught for the SCPA before)
  • Description of your qualifications in support of each course you are interested in teaching, as well as any restrictions (e.g. scheduling day or time constraints) that would need to be taken into consideration

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Monteros, Chair, Division of Dance, by email at or by phone at 403 220-8983.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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