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Guest Artist

School of Creative and Performing Arts

The University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Division of Dance, invites applications for a Visiting Guest Artist in Contemporary Dance for Winter Term 2017.

The Division of Dance is seeking a visiting guest artist who will provide our students with a strong base in current contemporary dance techniques, and who will also contribute significantly to the students’ national and international perspective on contemporary dance. This position requires a fourteen week commitment from one guest artist: January 9 to April 12, 2017 or a seven week commitment each from two guest artists: January 9 to February 24, 2017 and February 27 to April 12, 2017. Non-Canadian applicants may only apply for the fourteen week teaching option.

Responsibilities include teaching Contemporary dance, improvisation, and choreography to dance majors, teaching Contemporary dance to non-majors, and creating a new work or setting repertory on advanced dance majors. The candidate will also be expected to provide service to the Dance Division by mentoring and advising the students they teach.

The Successful Applicant Should Have:  

  • A national and/or international reputation as a Contemporary dance artist with minimum seven years professional experience in Canada and/or outside Canada.
  • Minimum BFA Dance or equivalent professional training.
  • Minimum three years teaching Contemporary dance at university and/or professional levels; demonstrated proficiency teaching choreography.
  • An international perspective on contemporary trends in dance as developed through dance practice.
  • Minimum seven years experience working as a professional dance artist outside Alberta.
  • Professional experience in the following areas: Contemporary dance techniques from a release training perspective, improvisation, and choreography.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching proficiency, and links to videos of choreographic and performance works, and provide at least two references or current letters of recommendations.

The application should be mailed by June 30, 2016 to:

School of Creative and Performing Arts
Division of Dance
University of Calgary
Craigie Hall D100
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB  T2N 1N4

Applications may be emailed to

Additional Information

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association’s website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Fourteen week Visiting Artist will be hired at 4 HCE or seven week Visiting Artist will be hired at 2.0 HCE.

As per the Collective Agreement, the SCPA will adhere to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments, available in detail here.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes’. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.