Job Opportunity

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 position, starting in September 2021. This position will include some daytime, but mostly afternoon and evening hours - based upon the needs of our clients. This position will be a Monday-Friday schedule, with the possibility of Saturday instead of one weekday. The vast majority of our clients request services between 4:00pm-7:00pm at night during the week, so having that availability and desire to work at that time can grow a caseload quickly. Days will vary in length.

This position will start at part-time (20-25hrs per week) and will grow to full-time for the right candidate. The work week is comprised of direct client contact, office hours for planning and documentation, supervision meetings, and traveling in between clients. If you have strengths in program development, we may have additional hours or salary position for you.

This caseload will be predominately at the North Royalton studio, but may include travel to program in the community during the day around the greater Cleveland/Akron areas.

Responsibilities, Populations & Types of Sessions

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. (As you grow with us, we will work hard to build your caseload with your desired populations). 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 position will begin hourly, with rates for direct service, office time and travel 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. Therefore, we offer office time for excused student absences, full direct service rate for unexcused student absences, as well as paid time for PTO and scheduled holidays.


We are proud to offer our employees a variety of benefits. At Beyond Words, we believe in opportunities for growth and we look to increase benefits for our staff as their caseload grows and they dedicate time to Beyond Words. Our benefits packages typically run from $5k-$15k based upon whether an employee is part-time or full-time and the number of years they have dedicated to Beyond Words.

Our benefits for our part-time staff include:

  • Professional liability insurance (at hire)

  • Comprehensive lending library of materials (at hire)

  • Monthly self-care workshops (at hire)

  • Mileage Reimbursement (at hire)

  • Health Insurance Reimbursement (with a minimum work week of 30hrs and after 90 days of employment)

  • Stipend for continuing education (after 6-months of employment)

  • Paid Time Off (after 6-months of employment)

  • Paid Holidays (after 6-months of employment)

  • Group and individual supervision (at hire)

  • Free coffee, tea and snacks at our main studio in North Royalton (at hire-sometimes it’s the little things!)

  • Opportunities for growth including being able to represent Beyond Words as a presenter at local and national conferences, assisting in designing programs, supervising interns, assisting with marketing, etc.

  • Direct Deposit

Once you obtain full-time status, additional benefits include up to 5% company match to a 401K program.

This position is for you if...

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

  • You love getting feedback (how else do we grow?).

  • You love giving feedback to others and growing as a team.

  • You are confident in your music skills and professional skills.

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

  • You are comfortable commuting and you reliable transportation.

  • You are committed to growing your professional skills.

  • You can effectively communicate in written and spoken English.

  • You are a flexible, go with the flow type of person.

  • You are a strong clinical writer.

  • You can work independently and seamlessly transition to a group model.

  • You are interested in developing a program from the ground up.

  • 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.

  • You 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

  3. A paragraph of what you expect from a supervisor

  4. A typed sample 45-min session plan for class of 4-5 year old students focusing on fundamentals of dance - ballet, jazz, strength/flexibility.

  5. A typed sample 45-min session plan for class of adults focusing on increasing movement and including adaptations for non-ambulatory individuals.

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.