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Dance Instructor (Castle Hill YMCA)

YMCA of Greater New York


The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.

The Castle Hill YMCA is seeking a Dance Instructor who will be responsible for choreographing and teaching dance classes to children/teens, ages 4 -14, with a focus to promote the enjoyment of dance activities while improving physical competence, developing confidence, and teaching basic skill development in dance.

We are currently hiring Ballet Instructors who can also teach other dance disciplines such as Hip Hop, Jazz and/or Tap.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e., full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.


  • High School diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience teaching dance to children/teens in a structured setting.
  • Teaching ability and experience mainly in Ballet but can also teach other Dance disciplines such as Hip Hop, Jazz and/or Tap.
  • Knowledge of youth development stages.
  • Able to teach and work with children ages 4-14.
  • Current First Aid / CPR certifications.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Must be available to work weekends.


  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of participants in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities in line with YMCA program standards and guidelines.
  • Provide a fun, safe and positive experience for all participants and create an all-inclusive and supportive learning environment.
  • Create a written lesson plan for the program session that is age-appropriate and progressive, as needed.
  • Teach progressive lessons and provide opportunities to demonstrate learned skills in dance.
  • Be able to modify lesson plans and instruction to meet the needs of the participants.
  • Create an environment that is encouraging to all participants regardless of skill level.
  • Work with the Supervisor to develop program objectives and goals for each program session.
  • Work with the Supervisor to develop and lead program promotion and recruitment efforts.
  • Record accurate attendance for all classes.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of branch emergency procedures and take appropriate actions for emergency situations.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of program space during all activities.
  • Inform Supervisor on-duty regarding any incident reports that need to be filled out.
  • Attend YMCA Coaching within 90 days of employment.
  • Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.
  • Other activities and duties as needed that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.

How to Apply

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.
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