Teaching Artist

Conga Kids

Los Angeles, CA

Conga Kids is currently seeking Teaching Artists for the Spring 2019 semester.

If you believe in the power of Arts Education to change the hearts and minds of young people (and meet the requirements outlined below), please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected].

The hiring process begins THIS WEEK, with new Teaching Artist Candidate Trainings on the following dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 29th 10-1pm

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30th 1-4pm


Job Description

  • Conga Kids is a 501c3 non-profit dance arts education organization that teaches 5th and 6th grade students how to dance Merengue, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango, and Swing.

  • Conga Kids Teaching Artists are hired under independent contractor agreements, at an introductory rate of $40/ fifty-minute lesson.

  • Our goal is to assign each newly hired teaching artist 3 or more lessons (6 hours a week) in the spring semester (Late January-May 2019).

  • All lessons occur during the school day (≈8am-3pm).

  • Lessons are taught in school, twice a week, for 9 weeks (18 teachable lessons per class).

  • In addition to lessons…

    • Each school has a “Culminating Event” in which all students perform for parents, teachers, and younger students.

    • 14 students (7 ladies and 7 gentleman) are chosen to compete in a city-wide competition against other schools.


Requirements for Hire

All candidates…

  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel out of Central LA to teach.

  • Must provide at least 3 days of availability Monday-Friday 8am-3:30pm.

  • Must complete live-scan fingerprinting and provide up-to-date TB test upon hire.

    No ballroom dance experience required, though some movement or dance training is a bonus.


The Hiring Process


Training Sessions at the Hollywood Dance Center

817 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Teaching Artist Candidates will learn the dances taught in our curriculum, speak to current Conga Kids staff members about their experiences, and get to know our administrative staff. Round 1 training sessions are unpaid and serve as rolling auditions. Employment is conditional on Teaching Artist’s ability to learn and teach the dance curriculum, so please attend as many trainings as possible:

  • Monday, Oct. 29th 10-1pm

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30th 1-4pm



5858 Wilshire Blvd Ste 301, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Teaching Artist Candidates will be invited to interview with Conga Kids Artistic Director, Daniel Ponickly. From here, candidates will be notified whether or not they will move forward to the second round of our hiring process, paid school visits.



School-Site Visits – Shadow a Current Teaching Artist (Paid)

Teaching Artist Candidates must complete two School-Site Visits in November 2018, in order to shadow a current teaching artist. Each visit is 2 hours (2 lessons), and compensation for each visit is a stipend of $50.

Competition (Paid)

Teaching Artist Candidates must assist at one of our end-of-semester competitions in early December.


The Phone-Call (Mid-December)

All Candidates will be officially notified on employment status in mid-December. Advanced paid trainings will be held in January up until the start of program.

Lesson start dates will be staggered throughout February 2018 – school site assignments and schedule will be distributed in late-January/ early-February.

A Message from the Artistic Director: 

“Welcome to the Conga Kids training program! Our mission at Conga Kids is to provide a dynamic partner dance program that develops students’ creative potential, and sets a foundation of respect, teamwork, confidence, leadership, and a sense of accomplishment, while teaching critical inter-personal communication skills.

The Conga Kids program is successful, in part, due to the versatility of our teaching artists. Each of you will undoubtedly bring your unique style and experience to your ballroom classes. We thank you for your enthusiasm, and we are thrilled you are interested in our team.”

Daniel Ponickly
Artistic Director, Conga Kids


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Thank you!

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