Assistant Professor of the Practice in Ballet

Duke University
Due December 15, 2019

Position description: The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding professional with expertise in traditional and contemporary approaches to ballet technique and choreography, actively engaged in a combination of movement practice, creative process, and theoretical inquiry. We seek a candidate who embraces 21st-century approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives in ballet in contributing to the development of the undergraduate program as well as to the new MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis. We seek an individual with established relationships in the professional field - nationally and internationally - and who will continue the Program’s strong ties with the local community. Candidates with teaching/research experience that demonstrates work with a diverse student population will be valued.

Qualifications: MFA in Dance and/or Ph.D. with significant experience in dance artistry required. Familiarity with university teaching in an undergraduate / graduate dance program, significant professional performing experience, and a record of choreography in a professional and/or university setting will be preferred. Administrative experience in university settings will be highly valued.

Responsibilities: Our new colleague will teach courses at all levels of ballet technique and performance projects, broadly defined, for the concert stage or other site-specific venues at the undergraduate and graduate levels; participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and/or investigations of the theoretical bases of contemporary dance practice. Additional areas of teaching expertise could include interdisciplinary creative work, creative technologies for dance, and/or somatic practices.

Our new team-mate will provide leadership serving the undergraduate and graduate programs; engage in curriculum development and advising undergraduate and graduate students; assist with the production of dance events; cultivate, when possible, interdisciplinary collaborations with arts and non-arts faculty, students, and other constituencies; and participate in governance within the program, the university and the professional field. Our new colleague will contribute to ongoing projects in dance as a researcher, artist and administrator; will pursue or maintain a national and international profile as an artist/researcher; and will be committed to contributing alongside the current faculty to enhance the Dance Program’s ambitious vision.

The Duke University Dance Program currently offers an MFA, a BA and a minor in Dance. The Dance Program is an independent unit within the University’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.

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