Girls Rise Up Dance Instructor

LocationNew York, NY
TypePart Time


As a Dance Instructor, you will boldly lead girls in our 3-week immersive summer program, Girls Rise Up. While your main task is to teach dance and choreographic skills, you will also help build the confidence and thinking skills of our girls with the end goal of preparing them for a future in STEM. You will create and teach dance routines and facilitate students creating a piece of their own that incorporates technology. You love working with young people, have an electric energy that students love, and have a passion for using dance to empower others. You will become a trusted advisor and role model to our girls, with the belief that all girls have the ability to succeed in STEM. Girls RIse Up is a STEM-based program where girls of color learn to code, dance, and discover their STEM potential. Application deadline is 4/15.


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but it means much more than that. STEM is the science of using data and information to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. It features some of our country’s most high-impact and innovative jobs, yet it is greatly lacking in diversity. STEM From Dance gives girls of color access to a STEM education by using dance to empower, educate, and encourage them as our next generation of engineers, scientists, and techies.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Create and teach dance and facilitate students in creating their own choreography. Genres of dance that are prioritized are Hip-Hop, Step, Afro-Caribbean, Contemporary, and more.

  • Follow and execute day-to-day curriculum and schedule provided by STEM From Dance.

  • Manage, assess, and adapt instruction based on students’ progress and proficiency in dance.

  • Co-lead, with a STEM instructor, a cohort of 15-25 girls and cultivate a collaborative, engaging, and empowering community and learning environment.

  • Support general program operations and logistics.

  • Assist in preparing students for the Girls Rise Up Showcase and Ensemble

  • Attend team meetings and trainings as required both before and during programming.

  • Dates: May 2023 - August 2023

  • Days and hours may vary based on the programming aspect including launch, planning, and program execution

  • Locations: Brooklyn or Harlem, New York during launch and program execution. Training is virtual

  • Passion for and demonstrated interest in the STEM From Dance mission

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including being self-directed and entrepreneurial

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to build meaningful relationships with girls of diverse backgrounds

  • Ability to think big, generate ideas, and implement solutions to complex problems

  • Ability to be consistent, timely, and meet deadlines with focus, initiative, and drive

  • Maintain a positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations

  • Strong classroom management skills

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)

  • Educational background in and/or work experience with dance required; hip-hop dance preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing a classroom of 15-25 students preferred.

  • Previous experience teaching dance preferred.

  • Experience teaching in an academically diverse and culturally responsive classroom community preferred.

  • Experience being the “other” in a majority setting is preferred.


STEM From Dance follows all guidelines recommended by the CDC. We also follow the guidelines and protocols of any sites we operate in, including DOE sites. At this time, any SFD instructors who work in person with students must be vaccinated, or provide documentation for a medical or religious exemption.

  • Pay rate for this role is $35 - $55 per hour. Commensurate with experience.

STEM From Dance is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.