Lead Teacher for Adaptive Dance (Part-Time)

Job Type

Part Time




19 Clarendon Street
United States



Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives (ECI), aims to make ballet accessible and cultivate a new generation of life-long arts advocates and participants.  The department’s programs serve a range of community constituents. Its educational programs, Adaptive Dance, Citydance, and ECI on Location, engage students from grades pre-K-12 and adults in Boston’s public schools and communities.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance program provides creative movement instruction to individuals with disabilities ages 2 through adult. Students can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality, and personal/social growth. Fully inclusive classes as well as specialized classes for individuals with Autism and specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome are offered weekly in the fall and spring. 



The Lead Teacher for Adaptive Dance provides direct creative movement instruction to students with disabilities and ensures a safe, challenging, fun and accessible experience for the students who are a part of the program. The Lead Teacher is expected to plan and prepare (outside of class time) lessons based on the program’s curriculum and contribute his/her pedagogical and instructional expertise. The Lead Teacher will collaborate with the physical therapist, musician, studio aides and program staff to ensure instruction is effective and that student needs are met.  

Must be available to teach on Saturdays and attend mandatory training and orientation.



Under the supervision and direction of the Program Manager, the lead teacher will fulfill all responsibilities as indicated below in a professional manner fully consistent with the policies and practices of the Department.


  • Implement program curriculum
  • Plan weekly instruction
  • Provide direct instruction to all participants that is in line with the mission, goals, and objectives of the program and department, age specific, inclusive, and developmental 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
  • Attend all Boston Ballet Staff and Faculty meetings and teacher training seminars as scheduled
  • Perform other related duties as requested


Adaptive Dance (Boston/Newton)- September 15th-November 17th and March 9th-May 18th, Saturdays 8:00-9:00am.

Adaptive Dance (North Shore) September 18th-November 20th and March 5th- May 14th, Tuesdays 4:15-6:15pm


Mandatory training - Saturday, July 27th and Sunday 28th from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Mandatory Orientation - Saturday, September 8th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. 



  • 2+ years of experience working with individuals with disabilities
  • Experience with a variety of dance styles and techniques
  • Prior experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to accommodate various needs and abilities
  • Enthusiasm for working with youth and a commitment to students’ growth and development through the arts
  • Ability to develop and execute lesson plans based on a structured 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
  • Availability during full 20 weeks of Adaptive Dance Program


  • Boston Ballet is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to eci@bostonballet.org by June 22, 2018. IMPORTANT –PLEASE INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE POSITION AND PROGRAM FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL. No phone calls please.