Michiana’s Premiere Classical Ballet School and Home of the Southold Dance Theater Pre Professional Ballet Company

Southold Dance Theater seeks Artistic Director.

Position Offered: Southold Dance Theater
Job Title: Artistic Director

Forty-year-old non-profit ballet school with 175-200 students seeks an artistic director to lead the school and pre-professional training company. Potential candidates should have extensive knowledge of all forms of dance with a strong emphasis on classical ballet training and teaching, choreographic and staging skills, as well as administrative and leadership abilities. SDT is interested in individuals capable of creating a positive, nurturing environment and who have an interest in community involvement.

The school is situated in the northern Indiana community of South Bend, ninety miles east of Chicago.  The city is home to the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and a regional campus of Indiana University.  The lovely beaches of Lake Michigan are forty-five minutes a way.  A full range of classes from creative movement through adult open ballet are offered.  The pre-professional company presents a full-length Nutcracker every year at the Morris Performing Arts Center.  Additional ballets performed include Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and for the first time, Don Quixote in spring 2017.

Responsibilities of the position:

  • Oversee and be prepared to teach various ages and abilities using an educational and developmentally appropriate curriculum for each class
  • Recruit, supervise, and develop teaching staff
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Operations to develop the annual program which includes class offerings, performances, workshops and all other dance related items
  • Choreograph and stage an annual Nutcracker and at least one other full length ballet during the school year
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, reporting on artistic activity
  • Assess student progress in conjunction with other teachers
  • Foster an interest in the art of dance within the community
  • Foster and develop good relations with other cultural organizations in the community



  • Extensive experience in classical ballet teaching and choreography
  • Experience with other dance forms, especially modern and jazz
  • Experience directing a large scale dance production including choreography, staging, and personnel management
  • Dance degree and/or professional dance experience a plus but not required
  • Understanding of child development and developmental differences in students resulting in a holistic approach to teaching incorporating safe body practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Additional qualifications:

  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Passion for working with dancers of all ages
  • Strong organizational skills


Schedule and compensation:

  • Forty-seven week contract
  • Hours per week dependent on class and rehearsal schedules but will include daytime, evening, and Saturday hours
  • Compensation dependent on experience
  • Tentative start date on June 1, 2017

Candidates submitting a cover letter, resume and some form of video demonstrating teaching, choreography or a production by March 1, 2017 will be given priority consideration.


By mail to:

Southold Dance Theater

Attn.: Search Committee

914 Lincoln Way West

South Bend, In  46616


Electronically to: hr@southolddance.org

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