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Auxiliary Adjunct Position: Dance Technique

Faculty: Adjunct

Winchester, VA
ID: 1111-306

Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University seeks an exceptional dance practitioner to join the Dance faculty in its intensive and highly collaborative artistic community. This entry-level, auxiliary adjunct appointment. 


The chosen candidate will be skilled across dance styles, passionate about preparing students for work in the 21st century, and will further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory's reputation as an inclusive and premier place of study where artists from diverse backgrounds actively engage around innovative and collaborative work.

Specifically, the desired candidate will:

  • Teach courses in tap, modern dance technique,  choreography (composition) and may teach dance seminar courses.
  • Actively contribute to curriculum discussions and a faculty community that is oriented towards excellence, collaboration, and innovation, including forward-oriented approaches to career preparation of dance students; and
  • Engage in the Conservatory’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.

Required Skills


Required and minimum qualifications include the following:

  • An excellent teacher with proven success as a studio dance teacher;
  • A commitment to artistic excellence, passion for mentorship, and orientation towards collaborative work; 
  • Possession of M.F.A. in Dance or a combination of training and equivalent professional experience;
  • Teaching experience within a conservatory or intensive collegiate environment is preferred; and
  • An ability to contribute to the Conservatory’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.

How to Apply: 

Application submissions should include a letter of intent (in which candidates also identify how they might advance the Conservatory’s commitment to diversity and inclusion), a curriculum vitae (including video or media links highlighting choreographic work) and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

About the Dance Division:

Beyond providing professional preparation to around 60 dance majors annually, the Dance Division provides 90 musical theatre students with rigorous professional training that is equally grounded in musical theatre, jazz, ballet, tap and modern dance training. Core training for dance majors is complemented by an extensive composition sequence, three mainstage concerts per year in the 600-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, and numerous opportunities for creative & performance work. Extensive outreach opportunities led by dance faculty include international performance-and-study tours, such as summer trips to Asia and Europe, where participants have studied with many international guest artists and performed both faculty and student works at various stages in multiple countries. At home, the Dance Ensemble has been featured in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and other professional venues in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

About Shenandoah Conservatory:

Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, DC, the Conservatory is now home to over 700award-winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.

Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The Conservatory’s ShenCo LAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the Conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration: a (first-in-the country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty mentored) collaborative projects. The Conservatory’s proximity to Washington, DC and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world.