Teaching Artists are the lifeblood of our program, our most valuable asset. To ensure unity of purpose and intention, all prospective teachers are trained extensively in the Dulaine Method incorporating the program’s 20 lesson syllabus, classroom management skills, and curriculum integration.


SEEKING ACTORS, DANCERS, EDUCATORS who move well and are interested in becoming Certified Teaching Artists for the internationally acclaimed social development, arts-in-education residency program Dancing Classrooms.

Created by Pierre Dulaine, Dancing Classrooms is the subject of two documentaries, MAD HOT BALLROOM and DANCING IN JAFFA, as well as the inspiration for the feature film TAKE THE LEAD with Antonio Banderas.

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To be considered for a Teaching Artist position:

1. Submit an application.
2. We will contact you for an interview and audition.

For more information, contact us.

Applicant Requirements

Please note the requirements for DCLI’s Teaching Artist Training Program:

1) Must be available to attend an intensive, five-day training course.

2) Must attend two classroom management sessions at a location TBA on Long Island.

3) Serve as a Teaching Assistant for a minimum of one 20 lesson residency course.

4) Teaching experience and/or experience working in public school settings preferred.

5) Must be available between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm Monday through Friday for teaching in public and private schools September through June.  There may also be opportunities for after-school programs.

6) Fingerprinting clearance with the NYS Dept. of Education required.

7) Must have a car, car insurance, and be willing to drive between Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

8) Must live in eastern Queens, Nassau or Suffolk County.


Qualities and skills vital for every Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist:

  • Ability to command a room and engage children;
  • Rhythm and display love of movement;
  • Exemplary professional conduct and administrative skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a team setting and in a classroom setting;
  • Understanding of children’s classroom dynamics and how to manage behavior;
  • Generous spirit, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Attitude of lifelong learning and the ability to accept feedback.

For more information, contact us.

“An 8th grade student, Ashley, came running up to me. She said, ‘Miss Jana! Ballroom dancing actually came in handy over the weekend. My friend had her Bat Mitzvah and a group of us all started dancing the Foxtrot!’ She was so proud and happy about the fact that they knew dance frame and that the boys and girls were actually capable of dancing together. Since Ashley has related this story to me, I’ve had at least five other students that were invited to the Bat Mitzvah excitedly telling me the same story.”

Jana Oelbaum, Teaching Artist