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Upstream Arts is looking for experienced Teaching Artists of any artistic discipline to join our Teaching Artist roster: actors, dancers, clowns, painters, musicians, singers, playwrights, directors, physical theatre artists, multi-disciplinary performing artists, mixed media visual artists, writers, poets, composers, and all other unclassified artists.

This is a part-time position. Hours vary depending on organizational needs and artist availability. Applications accepted until September 23.

The mission of Upstream Arts is to use the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. In our programs, professional artists teach fundamental skills in a variety of art forms through activities that nurture self-expression, conversation skills, and group participation. We integrate individuals with cognitive, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and physical disabilities into multidisciplinary arts programming designed to develop social and communication skills vital to success in school, work, and life.

Upstream Arts’ Teaching Artists teach our multi-disciplinary arts-based curriculum in teams of 2 or 3 in schools, adult day centers, and community groups in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. All classes are taught in a group facilitated structure with Teaching Artists rotating up front leading activities. Teaching Artists are provided paid training to learn how to teach our unique curriculum as well as training in teaching strategies for working with mixed-ability groups.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively facilitate programs as part of a Teaching Artist Team
  • Attend Teaching Artist Training throughout the year
  • Assist with the development of new curriculum
  • Give and receive timely feedback

Skill Requirements:

  • Artistic background
  • Minimum 1-2 years Teaching Artist experience
  • Excellent group facilitation and communication skills
  • Ability to work and collaborate as part of a team
  • Ability to project an air of calm in hectic environments

Valuable Skills:

  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or American Sign Language
  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • Background in education

Work Conditions:
This is an in-person position, with the possibility of some remote or hybrid classes.

Upstream Arts adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy in January 2022. All employment with Upstream Arts is conditioned on candidates being fully vaccinated. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs, or practices, that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from our vaccine requirement.

This is an hourly position, $18-$28 per hour, commensurate with experience. Upstream Arts offers accrual of paid time off and eligibility to opt into a retirement plan.

To Apply:
Email a cover letter and resume to by September 23.

Upstream Arts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, veteran status, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.  Individuals with disabilities, people of color, women, trans, and gender-queer individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Info

Upstream Arts
Deadline: September 23, 2022
Snowflake ballet dancers perform on stage in flowing white tutus with elongated arms

This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to be a part of a professional ballet production and join one of the most widely attended holiday events in the area. Auditions are open to all local dancers ages 7 and older.

There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 7:30pm. A $25 non-refundable audition fee will be due prior to the audition. Due to limited audition sizes, students must pre-register by paying the audition fee and filling out the registration link here before attending the audition. Audition fees are non-refundable.

Auditions are divided by Ballet Royale Minnesota level, or by age for non-Ballet Royale students.

Audition Times: 

12:00-12:45pm: Audition for Youth Ballet I/II/III and PPP 1A-3A (or ages 7-10) 

1:00-2:30pm: Audition for Youth IV, Intermediate I, and PPP 4A/4B (or ages 10+ with 1 year or less of pointe)

2:45-4:30pm: Intermediate II, PPP 5A and higher (or ages 12+ with greater than 1 year of pointe)

Audition held at Ballet Royale Minnesota in Lakeville, MN.

Location Info

Twin Cities Ballet
Ballet Royale Minnesota
16368 Kenrick Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

Contact Info

Denise or Rick Vogt
Deadline: September 25, 2022

Katha Dance Theatre has been performing and educating in Kathak, the classical Indian dance form, since 1987. Kathak is a beautiful dance form that is grounded in a mixture of balletic lyrical movements and pirouettes as well as complex rhythmic footwork. Because it originated as a form of storytelling, the form also has a strong emotional component and evokes narratives through dancers’ gestures and facial expressions. KDT has been working for over 35 years to make the form accessible and inclusive through offering programs throughout the state of Minnesota (and beyond) and collaborating with multicultural artists on original work.

With that in mind, KDT is seeking dancers of diverse mediums and ethnic backgrounds to join their school on a track to eventually join the professional company. The organization has received grant funding that enables it to offer full scholarships to at least 5 dancers outside of its majority-South Asian community to begin Kathak training.

The training would begin ASAP, with Fall classes now ongoing. Professional dancers of any kind are welcome, with male dancers being especially encouraged to join. To learn more about the upcoming session, go to our website and email if interested.

Watch an example of KDT’s work here.

Photo by Anjana Nair

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Rita Mustaphi
Deadline: November 18, 2022

Looking for a teacher or teachers for Saturday mornings to teach in the Plymouth Community Dance Program. Be a part of our community-based dance program that offers affordable, accessible, high-quality dance education to youth!

Ages 3-4 ballet and tap – 8:30-9:15am

Ages 5-6 ballet and tap – 9:20-10:05am

Ages 12-18 jazz and hip hop – 10:10-11:30am

Ages 9-11 jazz and hip hop – 11:45-12:45pm

Ages 5-8 jazz and hip hop -12:45-1:30pm

If you are interested in teaching any of these classes, please contact McKayla at

Subs available for conflict dates if needed.
Pay starts at $23 per hour (prep time is paid).

Location Info

Plymouth Community Center
14800 34th Ave N
Plymouth, MN 55447


Contact Info

McKayla Murphy Zelaya
Deadline: January 1, 1970

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts is hiring for multiple positions within the organization:

Individual Gifts Manager, Full-time
This position will develop and implement strategies to build a broader base of individual donors and corporate sponsors, lead the Annual Fund effort, provide oversight of the donor database, and other activities to support fundraising for The Cowles Center. Click here to learn more about the Individual Gifts Manager role.

Grants Manager, Full-time
This person is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of foundation and corporate grant writing as well as stewardship of foundation and corporate relationships. Click here to learn more about the Grants Manager role.

Facilities Associate, cleaning focus, Full-time
This position assists the Facility Manager in the daily operation of the facility including but not limited to housekeeping, HVAC, general maintenance and some security. This particular position will focus on cleaning/housekeeping, but we are interested in reviewing applications for candidates with heavier maintenance experience as well. Click here to learn more about the Facilities Associate role.

Events Associate, Part-time
The Cowles Center Events Associate’s primary responsibility is to ensure patrons at The Cowles Center have a positive, enriching experience in our facilities. The Events Associate works as a representative of The Cowles Center by providing ticket sales for Cowles patrons in person and over the phone. Click here to learn more about the Events Associate role.

The Cowles Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee, prospective applicant, or volunteer because of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. The Cowles Center is committed to fostering a diverse staff and volunteer base that is reflective of our vibrant community.

Location Info

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Contact Info

The Cowles Center Staff
Deadline: January 1, 1970