In our February issue, we share 6 resumé do's and don’ts to help you land your next teaching gig.

DO: Tweak for Each Job 

Job postings are like snowflakes—they’re each unique. Thoroughly read the job description and alter your cover letter to explain why you are the teacher they’re looking for. This can be time-consuming, but it shows you’re paying attention to the details.

DON’T: List Every Job You’ve Ever Had

“Guest teachers continue to help my business evolve and stay current in the dance world,” says Sue Sampson-Dalena, owner of The Dance Studio of Fresno. Show the studio owner you’re on top of the latest trends by keeping your job history relevant. It’s OK if your resumé is longer than one page, but it shouldn’t be a novel. If your teaching experience is as extensive as your choreography credits, consider creating two resumés. Also, include a link to your LinkedIn profile (a great marketing tool), where you can add more detailed information about your experience.

For more resumé do's and don’ts and to learn about opportunities for continuing education, check out our 2016 Teacher Training Guide by subscribing to Dance Teacher.

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The National Dance Education Organization has announced some stimulating class offerings for teachers through its Online Professional Development Institute.

Starting in July, there’s an introductory and broadly focused mini course—Developmental Domains—which lasts just four weeks and can give you a taste of online learning during the studio off-season. The class will cover physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in students and how teachers can learn to identify behaviors in each context to create an inclusive class.

Then, if back-to-school season has you itching to hit the books, NDEO offers a roster of 12-week fall sessions to choose from:





• Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953 (September 7–November 29)

• Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice (September 7–November 29)

• Creative Process for Dance Integration (September 14–November 22)

• Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Consideration (September 21–December 13)

 • Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities (September 21–December 13)

Plus, two more mini courses—Elements of Dance and Developing Cornerstone Assessments for the New Dance Standardslaunch in October and November.

All classes’ credits go toward earning NDEO’s Certificate in Dance Education and are also available (at additional cost) for college credit from University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Visit or for class descriptions and registration information.

If winter weather has you California dreamin’, you may want to consider this new educational dance offering from the San Francisco Bay Area: Saint Mary’s College of California has just announced a shiny new dance MFA program. Designed with the working dance professional in mind, the graduate program offers two degrees: a master of fine arts in dance in creative practice and a master of fine arts in dance for design and production.

While many schools have theater design and production programs, Saint Mary’s will offer the first dance-specific concentration in the country. “Designers and technicians for dance have mainly been self-taught until now,” said Linda Baumgardner, director of the design and production program, in a statement. Students who choose this course of study learn set design, costuming, lighting, stage management and more, all based on setting the scene for choreographed bodies in motion.

The other degree program, for dance in creative practice, offers multidisciplinary studies in choreography, technique, somatics, pedagogy and theory, as well as technical aspects of production and scenic and lighting design. For those pursuing performance (or other) careers, this track offers a low-residency option, where students take the majority of their courses during June and January. CatherineMarie Davalos, who directs the creative practice area of study, says she hopes this program “will be of interest to dance teachers in the Bay Area and to professional dancers across the country.”

The inaugural MFA in dance class will begin studying in June 2014. The early application deadline is January 2. For more information, e-mail, or contact Graduate Programs in Dance coordinator Jennifer Smith at or (925) 631-8183.

Photos: Saint Mary's Dance Company in A Movable Feast; Rapt Productions, Saint Mary's College

Pamela Plagge-Isaac, a 2012 NATF Fellow from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

At last week’s Dance Teacher Summit, speakers emphasized the importance of feeding your craft and nurturing your passion. Don’t let your enthusiasm for self-development fade in the wake of the event. Keep those creative juices flowing, and apply to the Boston Arts Academy’s fellowship program for public arts high school teachers.

Hosted by the BAA’s Center for Arts in Education, the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program will provide as many as 20 grants of $5,500 to selected arts teachers from all disciplines.

Fellows design their own project to enhance their artistry, which can include taking courses, attending workshops or festivals, taking on a residency, completing an independent study project or something totally different. The funds can be used to cover everything from accommodations and travel to art-making equipment to childcare during the program. Plus, a grant of $1,500 is awarded to each fellow's school to support activities in the classroom.

Applications will be available online by September 27; due November 18. Interested teachers must provide a letter of intent detailing specific plans for the grant, so start planning now. For more information, visit

Summer can be a slow season for studio owners, and it's the perfect time for you and your staff to continue your own education. The National Dance Education Organization is piloting two new low-commitment Mini Courses through its Online Professional Development Institute. The courses—Pedagogy: Learning Styles and Theories and Elements of Movement—are introductory, so they are ideal for young staff members or veterans who want to brush up on basic knowledge. Each class runs for only four weeks and costs $120.

Check out the full descriptions of Mini Courses and traditional 12-week sessions at All classes count toward the NDEO’s Certificate in Dance Education.

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