Dance Teacher

  • Shawnigan Lake School
  • START DATE: 07/02/2019
  • Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
  • CONTRACT TYPE: Annual Contract
  • North America
Teaching / Faculty Jobs K-12 School

Job Overview


Shawnigan Lake School has a one-hundred year old tradition of excellence, specializing in a complete education. As the largest boarding school in Canada, Shawnigan is always looking for teachers to inspire young minds and contribute to life on campus. We offer a competitive compensation package and a nurturing, family-friendly workplace.



Shawnigan Lake School is seeking a Dance Specialist to join our faculty in September 2019. Working collaboratively with all members of the Fine Art department, the individual we seek will have experience with teaching dance in a variety of areas to a variety of levels of dancers. Fostering our growing program to complement our performing arts offerings will be a key aspect of this role. The successful applicant will have experience instructing students in the history of dance of various cultures and societies, basic anatomy as it relates to movement, and the importance of nutrition.

This one-year position is 0.6 FTE.


The role of a teacher at Shawnigan Lake School is a vital one that requires not only individuals who are experts in their area of study, but who also bring a passion for learning and a love of working with youth. Because Shawnigan is a boarding school, teaching and learning does not only occur during the classroom day, but throughout the day, including evenings and weekends, and in all areas of interaction. A Shawnigan teacher must fully embody the mission, vision and values of the School and consistently model these at all times.

Reporting directly to both the Assistant Head – Academics and the Academic Department Head, a teacher at Shawnigan carries their assigned load of classes while meeting all of Shawnigan’s prep, planning, and reporting protocols as expected in the teaching profession. In addition to teaching to align with the BC Ministry of Education or Advanced Placement curriculum, teachers are expected to work collaboratively with fellow department members and across departments to design and deliver content that challenges our students and prepares them for their postsecondary endeavours. Availability outside of the classroom day to support students in their learning through tutorials or enrichment opportunities is expected.

Teachers are also expected to be involved in the full Shawnigan program outside of the classroom day in the following ways:

  • Provide extra-curricular instruction or coaching
  • Do duty in a dorm one evening each week, and every sixth Saturday
  • Academically mentor a roster of up to eight advisees
  • Do one Sunday full-school duty every two years
  • Participate in weekend programs and supervise field trips and tours
  • Be involved in school activities that occur on evenings or weekends
  • Participate in faculty and staff meetings
  • Engage in professional development by creating a Professional Growth Plan each year and seeking opportunities for professional development
  • Support fellow faculty with short-term coverage of classes to ensure that the delivery of content continues in a teacher’s absence
  • Attend Chapel services and gatherings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • Support of various school initiatives and other responsibilities, as assigned


Only candidates holding certification to teach Dance within British Columbia by September 1, 2019 will be considered. Candidates must also hold post-secondary education or equivalent in Dance.

Additional Requirements

  • Experience teaching various types of dance including: jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, folk, modern, and musical theatre
  • Certification to teach acro
  • Proven experience with choreography of both dance and musical theatre to all levels including young children and adults
  • Experience with the technical operations associated with a working theatre
  • Experience with the booking and management of a working theatre
  • Proven record of professionalism, punctuality, flexibility, dependability, and reliability
  • Experience working with teenagers, preferably in a boarding environment 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Available for work beginning August 26, 2019

Experience coaching a sport, instructing a fine art, or running an activity in one of the following areas will be considered an asset: Basketball, Ceramics, Choral Music, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Design, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Instrumental Music, Leadership, Mechanics, Media Arts, Model United Nations, Musical Theatre, Outdoor Pursuits, Robotics, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Studio Art, Tennis, Volleyball, Woodwork, Yearbook


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter expressing your interest to the attention of Wendy Milne, Assistant Head – Academics. Competition closes February 28, 2019

Apply Now