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Sessional Instructor, Introductory Contemporary Dance I, Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts

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Job ID: 12663

Updated: May 8, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) invites applications for a Sessional Instructor to teach the following course during the 2018 Winter Session. Lectures for the Winter 2018 term run from Jan. 8 to Apr. 13, 2018.

  • Dance 201 - Introductory Contemporary Dance I
    SEM S01, Mon, 8:00-9:50;
    Lab B01, Wed 8:00-9:50

Course Description:

Introductory study of the techniques of contemporary dance.

Course Hours:3 units; H(2S-2)

Notes: Not open to Dance Majors. A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.

Not included in GPA



The preferred candidate will have university level experience teaching both dance majors and non-majors. Certification in an area of body studies (yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, or other) is an asset.

Skills Required

  • Possession of a Master's or Bachelor’s degree in dance with a contemporary dance emphasis OR equivalent professional dance experience in contemporary dance
  • Strong foundation in functional anatomy
  • Experience teaching contemporary dance to adult beginners in a non-recreational environment
  • University and/or professional level teaching experience in contemporary dance

Desirable Skills and Abilities

  • Energy, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Willingness to work with students having a wide range of skills, varying abilities, motivations, and academic or vocational goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to use instructional strategies designed for diverse learning styles and academic goals.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current literature on dance. 

Application Process:

To apply to the above teaching opportunity, please submit a letter of application to the email account indicating which course(s) and session(s) you are interested in teaching.

In support of your application, please provide the following:

  • Current, up-to-date CV (if the SCPA does not already have one on file)
  • Three references (required if you have not taught for the SCPA before)
  • Description of your qualifications in support of each course you are interested in teaching, as well as any restrictions (e.g. scheduling day or time constraints) that would need to be taken into consideration

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Mouat, Chair, Division of Dance, by email at or by phone at 403 220 8983.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Sunday May 7, 2017

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

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