Job Opportunity

Contract Adapted Dance Instructor

Are you a dance instructor who is passionate about seeing dance spark a positive change in others? Are you a creative, out-of the-box thinker, who finds joy in sharing ideas with others? Are you looking for a place to help you grow? If so, Beyond Words is looking for you!

Schedule, Hours and Location

We are currently hiring for a part-time contract position, starting as soon as June 1, 2022. This position is mostly afternoon and evening hours Monday-Friday, with possible daytime hours if available. If you have experience in program development, we can discuss a full-time, salary position. The current schedule is at the North Royalton studio, but could include travel to program in the community in the summertime around the greater Cleveland/Akron areas.


As a member of our team, you will be expected to provide individual and group adapted dance programming to children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological needs, behavioral needs, etc. You will participate in treatment team meetings, assist with team functions including marketing events, and complete general administrative tasks such as keeping your time sheet and recording student attendance.

The biggest populations served at Beyond Words include children diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome - specifically with communication and/or behavioral needs - however, we also service young children in preschools/day schools and adults with developmental disabilities within a group home or day program setting.


This subcontracting position compensates for direct service time. Salary options are available after one-year of employment and based on a variety of factors: including experience in our target populations, advanced trainings, and other skills you may possess. We believe in financial stability for our team.

This position is for you if...

  • You have experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

  • You are confident in your traditional dance skills and professional skills.

  • A full inbox is a nightmare! You are quick to respond to emails, texts, and phone calls.

  • You are committed to growing your professional skills.

  • You can effectively communicate in written and spoken English.

  • You are able to balance your work and your personal life, actively using self-care strategies.

  • You understand the nature of private practice.

  • You are interested in getting trained or have experience with behavioral issues/needs.

This position is NOT for you if...

  • You constantly have “last minute” things that pop up.

  • The thought of asking a question to a supervisor makes you nervous.

  • You are not comfortable with traveling to your appointments.

  • You are not willing to commit to a minimum of a year of service. We need someone to grow with us that we can help support professionally and who wants to make a strong difference in our clients’ lives.

  • You are disorganized or believe private practice is a “starter job”.

Application Requirements

Please submit the following as a PDF via email to

  1. Cover Letter - include why you think you would be good fit with our practice, your available start date, and what populations you are comfortable serving

  2. Current Resume - include information about the clientele you have served at any studios you have worked at

All applicants will receive a confirmation email that their materials have been received. If you have not received a response within 48hrs, please contact Erin Jester. If you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact Erin Jester at (440) 230-6100 x700 or Please visit our programs and informational website pages to familiarize yourself with our services, therapeutic team, mission and vision.