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Kids Dance Outreach is seeking Musicians to join for the 2022-2023 school year.

Applications are due by November 18th!

About Kids Dance Outreach (KDO)

The mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. To date, more than 17,000 children have experienced the transformative power of the arts through KDO’s high-quality dance programs. As an innovative dance and arts education model, KDO provides equity and access to the community – programs are FREE to participating children and their families.

“What style of dance does KDO teach?” KDO’s movement vocabulary is not based on one specific style but focuses on providing a high-energy, inspiring, accessible dance class where all children can succeed! All KDO classes are accompanied by professional musicians with the use of live music. Various themes and other curricular content can sometimes drive choreography that celebrates and is influenced by specific techniques – honoring diversity and culture while remaining accessible to all.

Kids Dance Outreach is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. KDO serves children of all races, backgrounds, religions, and abilities. We firmly believe and have witnessed the power of the Arts as a catalyst for change. Together, we continue to seek innovative ways to effect change in our community and the world through our mission and strive to be part of that change. We invite and strongly encourage teaching artists from diverse backgrounds to apply.

KDO Musician Job Description

The mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. To date, more than 17,000 children have experienced the transformative power of the arts through KDO’s high-quality dance programs. As an innovative dance and arts education model, KDO provides equity and access to the community – programs are FREE to participating children and their families.

See below a video sample of Music in the KDO classroom!

Application Process

  • Interested candidates must apply by 11/18/2022
  • Select candidates will be invited for an in-person interview – be ready to play your instrument!
  • As part of the application process, potential candidates may be invited to observe KDO programming in action, followed by an experiential trial (1-3 days) of introductory training sessions in the KDO methodology.

About the KDO Musician Position

  • High level of interest in upholding KDO’s mission and values, furthering access and equity, and themes of diversity and inclusion. 
  • High level of proficiency in their instrument – preferably in piano and/or percussion (other instruments considered).
  • Strong improvisational skills.
  • Has a wide stylistic range and repertoire (pop, Latin, funk, classical, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, etc.)
  • High-performance quality – plays with a strong and consistent sense of tempo, expressively, dynamically, and with a sense of theatricality.
  • Passionate about arts education and children’s well-being. 
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with team members.
  • Adaptable in an ever-changing environment, resilient, persistent, problem-solving, empathetic leaders.
  • Committed to giving children the highest quality experience with joy, purpose, and empathy.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Accompany KDO dance classes alongside a Team of KDO Dance Teaching Artists in schools and other community spaces.
  • Participate in professional development and training opportunities provided by KDO. 
  • Communicate on time and efficiently via email with the KDO programming and leadership Team. 
  • Complete and submit on-time, bi-weekly timesheets.
  • Adhere to organizational policies (KDO Team Guidebook provided).

Compensation

  • Musicians are hired on a seasonal, part-time basis and compensated at $40/hour. Classes typically run for 45 to 60 minutes, with an average of 3-5 hours per week. Additional compensation for the evening, weekend, and other community engagement-related events and/or performances, including but not limited to KDO Event of the Year.
  • All KDO programs are offered in the Fall (August-November), Spring (February – May), and Summer (June). 
  • Scheduling based on availability and programming schedule. 
  • Paid ongoing professional development.

Qualifications

  • Strong alignment with KDO’s purpose, mission, and values.
  • Commitment to improvement and growth, communication, and collaboration — thrive as part of a team.
  • Must be dependable, responsible, focused, and punctual.
  • Ability to travel within Indianapolis and Marion County.
  • Available during the school day at least (2) days a week for the entirety of the school year.
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. 
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

Part-Time Dance Teaching Artist Job Description (Rolling Basis Applications)

  • High level of interest in upholding KDO’s mission and values, furthering access and equity, and themes of diversity and inclusion. 
  • Professional dance performance and/or training experience. 
  • Well-rounded in various styles of dance or performing arts. 
  • Passionate about arts education and children’s well-being. 
  • High-energy, active and dynamic movers.
  • Experience creating new choreography.
  • Understanding of musical phrasing, strong musicality, and experience working with musicians. 
  • Strong classroom management skills (encouraging, inspiring, and inclusive).
  • Life-long learners who seek growth opportunities. 
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with team members.
  • Participate in professional development and training opportunities provided by KDO. 
  • Adaptability in an ever-changing environment, resilience and persistence, problem-solving, empathetic leaders.
  • Commitment to giving children the highest quality experience with joy, purpose, and empathy. 

Qualifications

  • Strong alignment with KDO’s purpose, mission, and values.
  • Commitment to improvement and growth, communication, and collaboration — thrive as part of a team.
  • Must be dependable, responsible, focused, and punctual.
  • Ability to travel within Indianapolis and Marion County.
  • Available during the school day at least (2) days a week for the entirety of the school year.
  • Candidates are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. 
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

Compensation

Teaching Artists in Training – $23/hr stipend

Teaching Artists In-Training must complete professional development and training in the KDO methodology prior to full employment with KDO.  

Training period: (75-100) hours total, over (10-12) weeks, (3) hours weekly average.

First-Year Teaching Artist – $30 – $40/hr

First-year KDO Teaching Artists are hired on a seasonal, part-time basis and compensated at $30-$40/class, depending on their teaching experience. Classes typically run for 45 to 60 minutes, with an average of 3-5 teaching hours per week. 

  • Additional compensation for evening, weekend, and other community engagement-related events and/or performances including but not limited to KDO Event of the Year.
  • New Teaching Artists will be paired with Master Teaching artists to shadow and co-teach.
  • All KDO programs are offered in the Fall (August-November), Spring (February – May), and Summer (June). 
  • Scheduling based on availability and programming schedule. 
  • Eligibility for a pay increase following one year of continuous employment.
  • Paid ongoing professional development. 

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates must apply.
  • For full consideration, all interested candidates will be required to attend an Experience a KDO Class Workshop (next dates TBD)
  • What is an Experience a KDO Class Workshop?  Introduction to KDO’s unique teaching methodology and experiential class led by KDO Master Teaching Artists and with live music! Be ready to move through a high-intensity class, wearing sneakers is preferable. The class is for adults only.
  • Following participation in the Experience a KDO Class Workshop, KDO will invite select prospects to observe KDO programming and participate in a short series (1-3 days) of introductory training sessions in the KDO methodology.
  • Depending on the number of positions available, final candidates will be offered Teaching Artists In-Training contracts beginning August 2022 and will receive a stipend of $23/hour.
  • Teaching Artists In-Training must complete professional development and training in the KDO methodology prior to full employment with KDO.  
  • Training period: (75-100) hours total, over (10-12) weeks, (3) hours weekly average.
  • Once training is successfully completed, first-year KDO Teaching Artists are hired on a seasonal, part-time basis and compensated at $30-$40/class, depending on their teaching experience. Classes typically run for 45 to 60 minutes, with an average of 3-5 teaching hours per week.