Careers 2018-07-17T19:12:04+00:00

Assistant Teaching Artists

National Dance Institute is seeking Assistant Teaching Artists for the 2018-19 school year!

Are you a professional artist looking to share your passion and enthusiasm for dance? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you believe that every child should have access to a quality arts education? Do you value artistic collaboration and teamwork? Join the NDI teaching artist team!

Assistant Teaching Artist Audition & Info Session
Monday, July 23rd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts
217 West 147th Street, New York, NY 10039

  • 5:00 p.m. – Doors open for check-in and warm-up
  • 5:30 p.m. sharp – Audition begins with a sample NDI class! Experience NDI’s teaching techniques in this high-energy, dynamic, and joyful dance class led by NDI master teaching artists
  • 6:30 p.m. – Group discussion of teaching methodology, and employment and training opportunities with NDI

About NDI
National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage all children—children of every background, ability, and socioeconomic status—and motivate them toward excellence. Currently, NDI serves over 6,500 children per week in elementary schools (K-5) throughout NYC.

NDI teaching artists use a unique teaching methodology that has been developed and tested over 42 years. These highly effective teaching techniques are designed to equip professional artists to engage diverse groups of students in school settings, and to use dance and performance to inspire children to success in school and in life. As an NDI Assistant Teaching Artist, you will train in this joyful, rigorous, and transformative teaching methodology, which is applicable to teaching in any setting.

NDI Assistant Teaching Artists:

  • Are professionally trained dancers and performers
  • Come from diverse artistic traditions and have the desire to share their unique artistry with children
  • Embody excellence
  • Exude joy and love of dance
  • Are as passionate about the art of teaching as they are about their art form
  • Are reflective and seek opportunities for continuous learning
  • Are able to model movement with full energy, precision, and dynamism
  • Are musical and able to retain sequences of choreography
  • Are collaborative and enjoy working as part of a teaching artist team—in support of a lead dance teacher and musician—and also with educators in our partner schools
  • Value the opportunity to serve diverse school communities and are committed to culturally relevant and inclusive teaching practices
  • Believe that all children are capable of achieving excellence and success in and through dance
  • Believe that being in the presence of children is a privilege

NDI seeks to hire teaching artists who represent the diverse students, families, and schools that we serve.

1. Ability to make a solid commitment to teaching during the school day, at least one day per week, ideally for the duration of the school year (September to early June)
2. Must be reliable and punctual
3. Availability for paid professional development workshops as well as individualized training during the school year
4. Ability to travel within NYC’s boroughs
5. Upon employment, assistant teaching artists will undergo a background check and will be fingerprinted with the NYCDOE (cost covered by NDI).
To register for the audition, please CLICK HERE.

Be prepared to digitally submit or come to the audition with the following materials:
1. Resume, ideally with references included (PDF)
2. Headshot (optional)
3. Any work samples (performance clips, choreography, lesson plans) or other relevant materials you’d like to share

The starting rate for Assistant Teaching Artists is $30-$35/class. Teaching artists teach anywhere between 3 and 6 classes in a school day.

Please contact Aileen Barry at abarry@nationaldance.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest in teaching with NDI!

Finance Assistant

National Dance Institute, a leading arts education organization, seeks a detail-oriented entry level Finance Assistant. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to excel in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative environment, and have a positive “can do” attitude and approach to work. This position reports to the Finance and Human Resources Manager.


Provide accounting and administrative support related to the daily operations of the Finance department for an established, thriving, arts-oriented non-profit.


  • Enter and process bills and payment requests
  • Assist with vendor inquiries and discrepancies
  • Enter and reconcile cash, credit card receipts and deposits
  • Assist with collections
  • Reconcile assigned accounts
  • Create and distribute reports
  • Organize and maintain accounting files
  • Assist with other finance and administrative tasks as assigned
  • Liaise with various departments and external audit and finance professionals


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of debits and credits a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through on tasks to completion with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills with competence in using Microsoft Office software and working with database and/or accounting programs


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least one to two years of nonprofit or small business administrative and office support experience

Application Instructions:

Send cover letter, resume, salary expectations, and three (3) professional job references to ndijobsearch@gmail.com. Only qualified candidates will be considered and contacted. Please no phone calls, no recruiters! Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.

Social Media & Communications Internship

National Dance Institute seeks a Social Media & Communications intern. This learning opportunity is ideal for a college student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, social media, website design, or non-profit organizations. The Social Media & Communications Intern will have the opportunity to connect with National Dance Institute’s staff, artistic director, teaching artists, and supporters. The intern will be invited to NDI’s ongoing performances and events.

This position is unpaid. The Social Media & Communications intern will have the opportunity to gain personal experience in the following areas in addition to supporting other needs of the organization:

  • Social media marketing
  • Public relations
  • Photo and media archiving
  • Design and layout

Internship Requirements:

  • Background in communications, marketing, design, or other-related discipline
  • Based in New York City
  • Experience and interest in social media and ability to strategize
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • A positive attitude and ability to work well in a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and social media tools
  • Duration: a minimum of four (4) weeks
  • At least 18 years of age

Deadline to apply is ongoing. Please email your resume and a short statement of interest to Lyubava Fartushenko. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Interns are not eligible for company benefits.

Development Internship

National Dance Institute (NDI) is seeking a Development intern. This position is for an individual with a passion for the arts and education, an interest in nonprofit and donor management. The candidate must be an enthusiastic, organized, proactive, and reliable team player.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching donors
  • Updating and assembling press kits
  • Assisting with the production of special events
  • Assisting with mailings

We are dedicated to providing a valuable and hands-on learning experience. This position will provide a great mentorship opportunity for those who are seeking to enter the nonprofit field. We are happy to discuss the possibility of applying this internship toward course credit.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Armelle Kessler.

NDI is an equal employment opportunity employer. Our policy is to select, place, train and promote the best-qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local law.