Now Hiring: Digital Communications & Events Intern!

Digital Communications & Events Internship - Paid

Please fill out the short answers and upload your resume on the Google Form as soon as possible. Contact Communications Manager Marielle Young at marielle@dancingclassrooms.org with any questions about the application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Organizational Overview:
Dancing Classrooms (DC) cultivates essential life skills in young people through the joyful art and practice of social dance. Through standards-based, in-and-out-of-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of social and partner dance to support the social, emotional, cognitive and personal traits inherent in every child. Made famous by the acclaimed 2005 documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom”, Dancing Classrooms has been a leader in social dance education for 26 years, partnering with hundreds of NYC schools to deliver its Core Residency (DCNY) programs. DC has served over 600,000 children since its founding, and currently supports 17 affiliate sites worldwide. 

In this time of crisis and isolation, we at Dancing Classrooms strongly believe that our vision of schools and communities where every child is connected, respected and given an environment in which to thrive is more important than ever. This is why we have come together as an organization to quickly pivot to offering remote dance learning opportunities which build essential social and emotional skills for young people, while remaining grounded in the elements of the renowned Dulaine Method of dance instruction.  

Our Culture:
DC believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to cultivating their artistic, physical, cognitive and social skills in order to support their long-term success. Our culture thrives by putting the remarkable young people we serve at the center of everything we do. Having worked remotely for several years, DC team members are proactive and self-driven, but also thrive in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Kindness, compassion, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teaching artists, our school partners, and our supporters. We strive to embrace our role as life-long-learners and to embrace diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural understanding.

In line with our organizational values of respect and safe space, which includes both emotional and physical well-being, we are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our students, TAs, staff, and school/organization partners. Before applying, please refer to our Covid-19 policies.

Position Overview:
The Digital Communications & Events Intern is a part-time position working mostly remotely, with limited in-person hours for capturing content and assisting with our development events. This position will be responsible for contributing to engagement, research, and content for the organization’s social media platforms and digital space (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Youtube). This includes engaging with and reporting about our online community, assisting in brainstorming and scheduling posts, researching current trends, light editing if applicable, collaborating to collect assets that strengthen our messaging (capturing some in-person content), and Youtube and Vimeo organization. Additionally, this internship position will have the unique opportunity to be an integral part of our special fundraising events strategy, by assisting with logistics coordination, day-of event preparation, event promotion, in-kind donation research, prospect research, and working closely with the Communications Manager and Development Director on other tasks as needed.

A successful candidate is a creative, detail-oriented, tech-savvy self-starter with a passion for arts in education. We are looking for a candidate with skills working in: Google Drive, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Events. Photography skills are a plus!

Benefits:
This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in communications, special events and development, and research. The Intern will learn about the non-profit arts and education field and be welcomed to participate in meetings and other learning opportunities. This is a chance to be an integral part of a small team and make meaningful connections, with opportunities for networking and career development.

Reports to: Communications Manager & Development Director

Start Date: As soon as possible

End Date: Mid-December 2021 or End of May 2022 (flexible)

Schedule: Negotiable around 10 hours per week

Location: NYC-based. Mostly remote hours, but some in-person hours in NYC.

Salary: $15/hour and course credit, if applicable. Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

  • Fluency in most of the platforms and applications referenced above and the motivation and technical know-how to quickly learn how to master a new program as needed 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An interest and/or experience in event planning, marketing, communications, or philanthropy
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated team player who works well with diverse groups of people
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • An enthusiasm for arts in education and dance 
  • Graphic design, photography, and video editing experience a plus
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in education and the workplace
  • Access to a computer and internet 

Dancing Classrooms is an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to represent individuals from all walks of life in its workforce. We want our employment community to be a representation of the diverse world we live and teach in. As such, we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply, and we ensure that every candidate who applies for a position is treated equally and fairly without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, marital status and any other factor prohibited by law. We believe diversity in our teammates is paramount to our success as a not-for-profit organization serving all communities in New York.


Covid Vaccination & Safety Policy

Vaccination:
Dancing Classrooms requires that all employees be fully vaccinated before returning to work on September 13th, 2021, unless a reasonable medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs prevents them from safe vaccination. Employees that are granted exemption will be required to provide a negative PCR test weekly, wear a mask, and keep a 6-feet social distance during meetings, any in-person events, or activities. Because most of our partners have similar or stricter policies, non-vaccinated teaching artists will only be assigned virtual residencies.

Safety Practices:
All employees, regardless of vaccine status, will be required to wear masks when teaching or visiting DC programs in-person. In addition, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to follow any and all COVID-19 safety policies of the spaces in which classes or meetings are taking place, such as the Department of Education, Riverside Church, etc., including but not limited to presenting proof of COVID-19 vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test, social distancing, etc.

Our residencies will practice physical distancing until further notice.

Read more about the New York City DOE guidelines and the CDC recommendations below:

DOE Guidelines

CDC K-12 Schools Guidelines


Danielle Lima

Danielle has been part of the Dancing Classrooms community since 2006, previously working as a Senior Teaching Artist.

Danielle Lima

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

danielle@dancingclassrooms.org

Danielle Lima is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At an early age Danielle discovered a passion for the Samba at the Samba School Beija-Flor de Nilopolis where she paraded in carnival for many years and developed her own Samba no pe style. She also studied Ballet, Jazz, modern and National Folklore Dances extensively at the Dance Studio Valeria Brito, at Centro de Dancas Rio before leaving Brazil to work as a dancer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Danielle has taught dance throughout NYC, including with Djoniba Drum & Dance Center, Ailey Extension, and Dancing Classrooms, where she has been teaching Ballroom and other social dance styles for over 14 years.

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Danielle Biggs

Danielle is a dedicated fundraiser and marketer in the non-profit arts and culture sector.

Danielle Biggs

Development Director

dbiggs@dancingclassrooms.org

Danielle Biggs previously served as the Membership Manager at The Public Theater in New York City, and prior to that appointment, served as the Individual Giving Manager at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2020, Danielle completed social justice leadership and community organizing training with the Supermajority Education Fund in the inaugural cohort of Majority Leaders. Danielle is a Masterclass Coach with The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, and is a proud and active alumna of Elon University, with a BA in Arts Administration and a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. She also serves and volunteers as a member of her alma mater’s Young Alumni Council. In addition to stepping into this new role on the Dancing Classrooms team, Danielle is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from American University (Washington, D.C.) in Education Policy & Leadership. As a lifelong learner, Danielle is excited that she will be trained to abide by a multifaceted approach to lead social justice efforts and sound education policy for children and young people in the United States and globally. She is most excited to engage in research and graduate studies while being able to apply learnings from the classroom to the front lines of her fundraising and community service, in real-time.

In her free time, Danielle is a dance educator and Zumba® instructor! Her favorite genres of dance to participate in, other than dance fitness and social dance, are West African and modern; and she has been dancing since she was only two years old. She loves leading energetic dance sessions to learners of all ages, and is overjoyed to join the Dancing Classrooms team to continue to harness the healing power of movement and social dance.


Yvonne Winborne

Yvonne is a passionate educator, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and mental health advocate.

Yvonne Winborne

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

yvonne@dancingclassrooms.org

Yvonne Winborne is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Yvonne obtained her B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education and Dance Minor from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. She is trained in ballet, modern, hip-hop, West and East African dances, step, heels, and street jazz and has danced internationally in Ireland and Uganda. After starting the dance curriculum at New Bridges Elementary School in 2015, Yvonne transitioned to the field of teaching artistry. For the past several years she has worked as a teaching artist for Urban Arts Partnership and Lincoln Center Education, along with freelancing at several camps and studios. Yvonne believes that dance should be accessible to all and approaches her teaching practice with a focus on cultural responsiveness and mental health awareness. Yvonne also teaches heels and dance fitness classes under her own brand, “Vibin’ With Vonna, LLC” while being a professional dancer in the commercial dance industry. Yvonne is very excited to join the Dancing Classrooms faculty as one of the new Associate Directors of Curriculum and Professional Development and looks forward to supporting the teaching artists as they continue to grow in their artistry!


FREE Summer Social Dance

Free Summer Social Dance with Dancing Classrooms!

Join us online through Zoom and outdoors at parks across NYC for free summer social dance classes in July and August!

Summer Dancing with Rhythm & Stories
for ages 4 – 8 (Rising K-3rd grade)

A Journey Through Dance Around the World
for 4th grade – Adult

Learn more below!
Email summer@dancingclassrooms.org with any questions.

*Locations are subject to change and local safety guidelines will be followed.

Summer Dancing with Rhythm & Stories

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Recommended Ages: 4 – 8 (Rising K-3rd grade)
Duration: Weekly Drop-In Class, 45 min.
Days/Time: Tuesdays @ 12pm EST July 13, 20, 27 and August 3 Location: Virtual (Zoom) Class

Summer Dancing with Rhythm Stories is a creative interdisciplinary course, combining fundamental elements of social dance with creative movement and storytelling. Each week students will explore a different social dance style from around the world using creative movement, rhythm making, and storytelling. This inclusive class, open to students with various learning needs and abilities, is designed to engage participants by sparking the imagination, building confidence, encouraging selfexpression, and strengthening coordination and communication skills. A great way for little ones to stay active during hot summer days.


A Journey Through Dance Around the World

Recommended Ages: 4th grade – Adult
Duration: Weekly Drop-In Class, 1.5 hrs.
Days/Time: Thursdays @ 4pm July 22, 29, and August 5
Location: Outdoor Parks Across NYC (See Below)

Dance Around the World is an inclusive, multicultural and global dance program, designed to develop knowledge, appreciation and understanding of social dance styles across the globe. Each class will focus on a particular continent or region, exploring the history, rhythms, and movements of various social dances. No experience necessary! Participants can learn a short dance routine and show off their skills, or enjoy dancing with their fellow New Yorkers with an interactive “dance party” at the end of each class.

Week 1: July 22nd @ 4pm East Coast Swing at East River Park*, Manhattan

Jump & Jive along the East River at the Amphitheatre on the LES at this fun and family friendly workshop!

Week 2: July 29th @ 4pm Boogie Down in the Bronx, Woodlawn Playground in Van Cortlandt Park*
CANCELLED due to severe storm watch in NYC. Rain date to be announced!

Continue your dance journey with us at the birthplace of Hip-Hop, the Bronx! Pop, lock and groove in a fun Hip-Hop fusion workshop!

Week 3: August 5th @ 4pm Salsa and Samba in Sunset Park* , Brooklyn

In the final workshop of our free summer dance series, shake and sway the afternoon away with us with some Salsa and Samba in Sunset Park in Brooklyn at the paved plaza area around the flagpole near 41st Street and 6th Avenue.


Dancing Classrooms 2021 Social Dance Showcase

Dancing Classrooms 2021 Social Dance Showcase:
An Online Community Celebration of Defiant Joy!

Livestreamed Awards Announcement and Community Celebration

Saturday, June 12, 2021

11am – 12pm EST on Zoom

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Join Dancing Classrooms as we celebrate the accomplishments of our community and of students all across the metro area! Thank you to everyone who submitted videos demonstrating their “Defiant Joy” through Social Dance. The livestreamed online Zoom celebration will include select submission performance videos, awards announcements, and a fun dance break!

So, please join us on June 12 as we celebrate the power of dance in our 2021 Social Dance Showcase. Students, families, friends, teachers and all those who helped our students share their Defiant Joy this year are welcome to join this special Zoom event.

What IS Defiant Joy?
Defiant joy is actively pursuing happiness and self-expression in the face of great grief and challenge. It describes the work that Dancing Classrooms has done for the past 26 years and dance teachers across NYC and the globe have been cultivating everyday online: using movement and culture as tools to develop resilience, connection, community, and pride. Through dance and the arts, young people have talked back to the world this year and we loved hearing what you had to say!

Who should I contact with any questions?
Please feel free to contact Mary McCatty with any questions about the festival and your submission content. Contact Marielle Young with any technical questions.

Please note:
*By submitting for the Dancing Classrooms 2021 Social Dance Showcase: An Online Community Celebration of Defiant Joy, you agree to adhere to all rules and instructions, and any others explicitly stated by the event organizers during all stages of the event. The event organizers may also change or remove certain rules or stipulations depending on their collective assessment of situations, should they merit review. Submissions must be appropriate (no hate speech, inappropriate dance moves, inappropriate music, etc.) and adhere to all rules to be featured on the Dancing Classrooms Showcase webpage. This is at the discretion of the Dancing Classrooms staff.

All participants also acknowledge and understand that their provided names, videos, statement, image, and likeness of image, may be used on Dancing Classrooms social media and/or the Dancing Classrooms website in perpetuity. Participants will maintain sole copyright of the created materials and may use and reproduce the project materials as they desire.


From Screen to Seen: Lessons on Cultivating Defiant Joy and Supporting Young People in a Post-Pandemic World

From Screen to Seen: Lessons on Cultivating Defiant Joy and Supporting Young People in a Post-Pandemic World

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

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A follow up to our May 2020 “Social Dance While Social Distancing” Roundtable event, this interactive discussion will center on the ways in which the “defiant joy” found through dance and arts education has helped young people persevere through this remarkable year. Panelists will share their experiences supporting young people and integrating the arts into their online lives.

Learn More About the Panelists

The event will be hosted by Mickela Mallozzi, the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi.  The panelists include psychologist Dr. Jephtha Tausig, cultural anthropologist specialized in dance & UN Senior/Regional Human Rights Fellow at UN Headquarters Dr. Derrick Leon Washington, WolfBrown Principal Researcher Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, PS 130M Principal Renny Fong, and Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education Program Coordinator Yaicana Peña. Dancing Classrooms Senior Teaching Artist Felix Pitre will be bringing in the defiant joy of the Lindy Hop as a dance break, and Deputy Director Eve Wolff will offer context and some themes that have emerged from our work this year teaching over 4,000 NYC public students social dance online. Learn more about our special guests below!

Mickela Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on PBS stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime Video globally.  A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.  From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O Magazine, AFAR Media, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.

Dr. Jephtha Tausig has been a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years in New York City and Nantucket, where she has her own practices working with children, teens, young adults, and the elderly.  She supervises at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Columbia University, Adelphi University, and is the consulting psychologist for The Fairwinds Agency in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Her PhD was awarded with Distinction by the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University after she obtained a Master’s in General Psychology from New York University and two Masters’ in Clinical Psychology (from Columbia University and Teachers College). She has taught at Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and received multiple awards, including Dancing Classrooms’ Humanitarian Award in 2015.

Dr. Derrick León Washington  curated the ground-breaking exhibition and program series, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York, at the Museum of the City of New York. He is the co-editor of the book, Rhythm & Power: Performing Salsa in Puerto Rican and Latino Communities. As an expert of expressive cultures and senior fellowship recipient from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, he is the director and curator of Urban Stomp: From Swing to Mambo. He has curated several UN projects, including multi-national webinars, assisted with development and moderated the final long plenary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 10th Anniversary Youth Forum 2021, and featured in a short film about the ‘I Still Believe in Our City’ campaign sponsored by UN Human Rights (OHCHR) and the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal Researcher at WolfBrown, is one of the leading arts education researchers and evaluators in the United States. She holds a doctorate from Harvard where she served as a researcher at Project Zero for more than a decade and then headed Harvard PACE. Nationally, Wolf has helped a number of city-wide and regional consortia build coordinated systems that support critical and creative learning for young people in and out of school time. Based on this work, Wolf conducted a strategic review of all aspects of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts. She was a three-term appointee to the National Assessment Governing Board, the federal agency that measures student learning nationally. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, the Buck, Arnold, Carnegie, Mellon, Spencer, and William Penn foundations, and has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books.

Renny Fong, since 2014, has served as the Principal of P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon elementary school in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Prior to being Principal of P.S. 130, Renny served as a teacher there for over 15 years since 1997. A native New Yorker, Renny is also a product of the New York City public school system. Renny is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. Education), Columbia College, Columbia University (B.A. Economics), and Stuyvesant High School. Renny was also a Wallace Principals Institute Fellow at Bank Street College, where he received an M.A. in Educational Leadership in 2013.

Yaicana Peña is the Program Coordinator for the Casita Maria Compass Elementary After School Program. She was born and raised in New York City. She has eleven years of experience working with youth and her specialty is establishing connections/relations with the community, especially the Spanish Speaking families. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Bilingual Childhood Education at City College. She is an educator at heart and is passionate about helping others and providing youth and their families with the support they need.

Felix Pitre has worked with Dancing Classrooms since 2009. He has studied Lindy Hop and other vernacular jazz dances with numerous instructors, national and local, including the late great Frankie Manning, Roddy Caravella, Bill Kline, Matt Bedell and Laura Jeffers. He has opened for Jennifer Hudson, and in various troupes including the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Lindy Hop All-Stars and The Twilight Toe Tapping Syncopaters.

Eve Wolff is the Deputy Director of Dancing Classrooms. Prior to joining Dancing Classrooms in February 2020, Eve worked with AdvanceNYC as a Senior Project Director for 7 years, supporting nonprofit clients such as ArtsConnection, Harmony Program, Hi-Arts, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and SBI/A. Philip Randolph High School. Prior to joining Advance NYC Eve spent years in the NYC performing arts and arts education sectors, including serving as the Director of Programming at Young Audiences New York. 


Felix Pitre

Watch to learn more about Mr. Felix:

Felix Pitre

Senior Teaching Artist

Felix Pitre has worked with Dancing Classrooms as a Teaching Artist since 2009. He has taught elementary, middle and high school students across the NYC Metro Area, bringing his love and appreciation of dance, and in particular the Lindy Hop, to all of his classes. Felix has studied Lindy Hop and other vernacular Jazz dances with numerous instructors, nationally and locally throughout NYC, including the late great Frankie Manning, Roddy Caravella, Bill Kline, Matt Bedell and Laura Jeffers. His career as a performer includes  opening for Jennifer Hudson, and dancing in various troupes including the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Lindy Hop All-Stars and The Twilight Toe Tapping Syncopaters.

Dance Break!


Marielle Young

Marielle has worked in the digital space for various NYC arts organizations including The Tony Awards®, The Broadway League, HERE Arts Center, and the PROTOTYPE Festival.

Marielle Young

Communications Manager

marielle@dancingclassrooms.org

Marielle Young grew up dancing at Dance Dynamics – her local dance studio in Jackson Heights, Queens. In the digital space, she has worked for organizations such as The Tony Awards®, The Broadway League, HERE Arts Center, the PROTOTYPE Festival, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and more. Marielle is also a theatre artist and Teaching Artist, teaching young people acting and Shakespeare. She loves that working for Dancing Classrooms combines her passions for the arts, education, and New York City children and communities.