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Artistic Director

Halestone Dance Studio, located in Lexington, VA, seeks an Artistic Director to begin in the fall of 2021.  This is a nine-month, half-time appointment with the potential to supplement salary through dance instruction.  Halestone is a non-profit dance education organization focused on providing equitable access to dance experiences to the local and surrounding areas. For over 40 years, Halestone’s approach has fostered student participation in the creative process, bridging technique, theory, and practice in the studio and in community performances.  Halestone Dance Studio is located in historic and scenic Lexington, Virginia, home to two liberal arts colleges, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute.  In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the region offers an inspiring setting for site-specific choreography, a wide range of artists and musicians, and a unique opportunity to explore the moving arts.

Applicants should demonstrate strong artistic vision that supports creation of original work, openness to collaboration, and commitment to dance education.  Applicants should be dedicated leaders who can nurture Halestone teachers, students, and the larger Halestone community through the creative process.  The Artistic Director stewards Halestone’s artistic vision by directing and developing dance performance with students and community members of all ages.  The Artistic Director manages teaching staff and curriculum in collaboration with the Operations Manager and shepherds fundraising efforts with the Board of Directors.  The next Artistic Director will have the opportunity to implement the aspirational strategic plan recently adopted by the board and develop financial support through broadening the donor base and expanding funding from individuals and institutions.

An MFA in dance or related field or professional credentials with similar experience is preferred. Strong applicants possess an active knowledge of the dance field, including the ability to teach multiple styles of dance to a variety of ages and abilities.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and links to relevant work samples to board@halestone.com

In keeping with its history of an inclusive community of dance that honors all bodies, Halestone does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information in its dance programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.  Applicants should feel welcome to express how they would support Halestone’s efforts to make our community a place where anybody and everybody can dance.  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  To learn more about Halestone, please visit www.halestone.com.

Operations Manager

Halestone Dance Studio seeks an Operations Manager begin in the summer or fall of 2021.  This is a twelve-month, half-time appointment with the potential to supplement salary through dance instruction.  Halestone is a non-profit dance education organization focused on providing equitable access to dance experiences to the local and surrounding areas. For over 40 years, Halestone’s approach has fostered student participation in the creative process, bridging technique, theory, and practice in the studio and in community performances.  Halestone Dance Studio is located in historic and scenic Lexington, Virginia, home to two liberal arts colleges, Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute.  In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the region offers an inspiring setting for site-specific choreography, a wide range of artists and musicians, and a unique opportunity to explore the moving arts.

Applicants should have experience in managing the operations of a nonprofit organization that engages with the community and a commitment to equitable and accessible dance education.  Strong applicants will have a background in dance and the arts, experience with educational outreach, and success in prior grant writing.  The Operations Manager is responsible for the operational components of educational and artistic programs; routine finance and bookkeeping; policy implementation; facilities, equipment, and communication across programs and partnerships. In addition, the Operations Manager will work with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director to implement long-range plans, build community relationships, fundraise and engage donors, and write grants.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to board@halestone.com

In keeping with its history of an inclusive community of dance that honors all bodies, Halestone does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information in its dance programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.  Applicants should feel welcome to express how they would support Halestone’s efforts to make our community a place where anybody and everybody can dance.  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  To learn more about Halestone, please visit www.halestone.com.

Guest Artists/Dance Teaching Artists

Halestone Dance Studio, a nonprofit dance studio run by the Halestone Foundation in Lexington, VA, seeks dance artists interested in teaching one-time workshops or short residencies in a variety of dance styles, in particular: Appalachian clogging, hip-hop, African dance, and tap. Dance artists experienced teaching multiple age groups in community settings in particular are encouraged to apply. 

To apply please send a short statement of interest, outlining your proposed workshop or residency (dates, times, ages, styles, etc.) to Mauri Connors at director@halestone.com. Applicants will be considered on an ongoing basis (Sept 2020 through May 2021). 

In compliance with all applicable laws and in keeping with its history of an inclusive community of dance that honors all body types, Halestone Dance Studio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or genetic information in its dance programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.  Students, instructors, and staff have the right to be free from prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation within the Halestone community.

For questions and information contact Mauri Connors at (540) 463-7444 or director@halestone.com.

Mission

The Halestone Foundation enriches the Rockbridge area by providing access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments. We foster the creative process, artistic excellence, and joy.  We empower individuals and communities to make, perform, and experience original dance as a theoretical, technical, and expressive art.

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Halestone is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts

The Halestone Foundation

The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach.

We are led by a volunteer board: Ann Courtney - President, Joel Kuehner - VP, Jessica Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde, Jessica Dixon, Robb Zahm, Erin Graves - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at board@halestone.com

Accessibility

Halestone Dance Studio is handicap accessible, with a cement ramp to the door and a wheel-chair accessible bathroom.

We endeavor to make all of our events and classes accessible to all who desire to be there. Please contact us if you need a particular accommodation for one of our events.

Get in Touch

Artistic Director, Mauri Connors
director@halestone.com

Contact the Board of Directors
board@halestone.com

Studio Manager, Elizabeth Becker
studiomanager@halestone.com

Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1583 
Lexington, Virginia 24450