Seeking Teaching Artist Apprentices!


PearlArts Studios extensions (PASe) is looking for current seniors and recent graduates/continued education students interested in movement and arts education! We are offering a paid apprenticeship opportunity through our 6-week Teaching Artist Apprenticeship Program! PASe provides dance programming in underserved communities for youth in grades k-8 through both in-school and out-of-school programming. Apprentices must be willing to travel to Propel East and Propel Braddock Hills Middle Schools.

Each week, apprentices will observe our teaching artists at work and then receive hands-on training. Apprentices will also receive professional development from our Education Director, Genna Styles, BFA, M.Ed, Ed.D Candidate in Out of School Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, and PASe instructors. By the end of the 6 weeks, apprentices will be ready to go from training to teaching with the potential of joining our PASe team.

Program Details / Tasks:

Pre Program: orientation with some of the top professionals in dance, dance education, and teaching artistry.

Week 1:  Observe classroom environments and support creative after school programs in multiple setting and styles
Week 2: Observe and grow while leading sections of class assigned by lead teaching artists.
Week 3: Observe and support by contributing to lesson plans.
Week 4: Receive valuable coaching and potential opportunity to Co-teach an assigned lesson.
Week 5: Refine and Reflect on the practice thus far through structured feedback.
Week 6: Apply feedback and lead full class(s).  
Post Program: Exit interview and Potential job opportunities

Sessions are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 1-5:30 with a short break.


  • Shared philosophical values inherent in PearlArts Studios mission

  • Prior experience working with children from K-8th grade a plus.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively promoting Education Programs

  • Demonstrates collaborative skills, accepts constructive criticism and implements effective problem-solving.

  • Ability to interact with the diverse constituents in age, background, and roles such as parents, students, donors, teachers, and key community partners.

  • Obtain required clearances.

  • Must have valid driver's license and a car.


  • Receive a stipend of $800 for the 6 weeks.

  • PASe will reimburse the cost of obtaining required clearances (with submission of receipts).

  • Access to free classes and Performances at PearlArts Studios and from STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

  • Provided invaluable professional development and observation opportunities

  • Mentorship (professional + personal)

  • Dedicated workspace