Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Dance (DANCE 326/426) Ballet III/IV

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7245709 (Ref.No. 5264387)
Posted: May 17, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Location: Moraga, CA
Open Date: May 16, 2024
Deadline: May 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

Saint Mary's College of California seeks to hire a per course adjunct faculty member to teach DANCE 326/426 Ballet III/IV (Advanced levels) in the Fall of 2024 and the Spring of 2025.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:50-11:20am

This course will be taught in person, on campus.


Advanced studio instruction in Ballet and Pointe. The course supplements and refines the ballet skills of the advanced dancer, focusing on technical details, use of the upper body, breath of movement and expression, as well as an increasingly advanced repertory of steps.

The SMC dance program is looking at the decolonization of the art form in its entire curriculum and ballet will be viewed in terms of the enculturated body. Ballet has traditionally been taught from the perspective of the caucasian body and its aesthetics come from an eurocentric view. It's important that our diverse body of students get the experience of taking ballet - especially due to the current climate regarding black lives matter and the need for inclusion of BIPOC voices - with a ballet teacher who has a strong understanding of the enculturated body, particularly the body of individuals of African descent.

Dance faculty are also required to attend dance faculty meetings and will be compensated for these hours.

The successful candidate will have professional training in Ballet and Pointe technique, with expertise in examining the enculturated body within the Ballet form. Undergraduate degree required; master’s degree or equivalent professional experience preferred.

Applicants must reside in California.

Salary: $2,482 - $3,436 depending on qualifications.

The salary range for this position is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the College and SEIU, Local 1021, available here.

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