NDA Staff

About our Staff

Our Summer Camp Instructors are hand-selected from leading colleges and universities across the country. They’re not only good dancers, they’re great role models. At camp, NDA Instructors are alongside dance teams every step of the way to provide individual and team growth opportunities. Our Staff inspire dancers to “Go Be Great!”

About Being an NDA Staff Member

Your Role as an NDA Staff Member

The National Dance Alliance (NDA) has been at the forefront of the dance team industry with the most cutting-edge training for dancers and directors for over thirty years. At the center of our success is the NDA Staff. Our instructors are some of the most talented and personable dancers, teachers, and choreographers in the nation. The NDA Staff takes great pride in being part of an amazing family of instructors that spans the country and affects the lives of thousands of dancers every year.

If you’re looking for a job that’s fun, develops marketable skills, allows you to make friends nationwide and positively impact the lives of others, we encourage you to apply for a position with the NDA Staff!

As an NDA Staff Member, you will be a:

  • Teacher: 95 percent of this job is teaching – ensuring that dancers who attend your classes understand, comprehend, and retain the valuable information you provide them. Camp is about the campers and how well they learned and grew from their experience with you as a teacher and mentor.
  • Mentor: You are teaching more than choreography and technique; you are teaching values, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and determination…lessons of greater importance than any technical skill or element.
  • Customer Service Representative: The key to success in customer service is to communicate, be proactive, be attuned to the attitudes and needs of your customer, and ALWAYS be positive.
  • Evaluator: You will have the opportunity to give immediate feedback, verbal and written, on several performances throughout camp.
  • Performer: It is imperative to maintain your technical ability and performance quality. You are expected to perform/demo routines and various technical skills throughout camp.
  • Choreographer: NDA conducts open auditions for staff interested in choreographing for the Summer Camp Curriculum for the upcoming year. We also have choreography camps available to you.
  • Competition Crew/Adjudicator: Throughout the competition season, you could be contacted to help work and/or judge regional competitions for NDA or other local/state organizations.
  • Recruiter: You have the ability to spread the word about our camps, competitions, events, and recruit new teams to NDA each year.

Benefits for NDA Staff

  • Instructor salary
  • Travel and meal expenses covered by NDA
  • Opportunity to receive a bonus at the end of each summer
  • Opportunity to travel across the United States
  • Choreography opportunities
  • Develop marketable skills to take with you in the professional world and add to your resume
  • Networking opportunities with fellow NDA Staff and coaches across the country
  • Learn and teach routines of all styles to dancers all summer
  • 40 percent Staff discount in the Varsity Store
  • Special Event(s) Invites
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Special Event invite opportunities.
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified if I am hired?

You will be notified by March 1st of your employment status. Staff is hired in each region based on the number of returning veteran staff and the number of camps projected for the summer. If you are selected to be an NDA Instructor, you will be sent a comprehensive packet of information that will contain paperwork and detailed information on all areas of instructing summer camps for NDA.

If hired, how will I be trained?

All NDA Instructors attend a mandatory Staff Training. This extensive meeting will cover all aspects of your job as an instructor (policies, procedures, teaching methods, safety, etc.). NDA will coordinate transportation to and from the Staff Meeting, and all meeting expenses will be paid for and/or provided.

If hired, how will I be staffed for camps?

Your availability during the summer will be the biggest factor in determining how many camps you will have on your initial schedule. We require that you be available for at least five full weeks during the summer (June through August). You will be scheduled to drive to camps within a 6 – 8 hour radius from your home address; we will attempt to give you as much information as possible to set up travel with other instructors. You may also be scheduled for camps outside of driving distance. If this is the case, NDA will coordinate all necessary travel for those camps. Travel is a required part of the NDA Instructor position, and you are ultimately responsible for getting yourself to and from camp. The more flexible you are, the more camps you will be scheduled for throughout the summer. Camps that grow in enrollment and the addition of Home Camps will allow you to join camps as your schedule permits.

How much will I get paid?

The NDA pay scale is based on experience and will be set once you are hired. Once at camp, all lodging and meals will be paid for by NDA. On top of your base pay, you will receive non-taxed expense money per camp for travel and additional meals. If you are asked to travel a longer distance and you go beyond the fixed amount, you will be reimbursed through an expense report. If you are scheduled for a Commuter Camp or a Home Camp, you will be housed in a hotel and given more expense money since you will need to purchase more of your meals. You will be trained on all of these procedures at Staff Meeting.

Is the NDA Instructor position year-round?

Although the summer has the heaviest volume of camps, NDA has much to offer throughout the year. Regional Championships, Classic Championships and National Championships are held all over the country, and staff members play a vital role in the success of these events. NDA also recommends staff members for judging and choreography throughout the year.

Be sure to turn in your complete paperwork and video by the deadline. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Apply for NDA Staff

Video Tryouts

Please note that you must turn 18 years of age by the end of May in order to apply for Staff.  If you do not meet this requirement, please keep this application in order to apply next year.

Video Tryout Tips

  • Start early – it can be stressful to put together a quality video at the last minute.
  • Think of your video as a job interview – let us get to know YOU!
  • Review your video before sending it in to be sure you have all requirements.
  • Please do not wear warm-ups, t-shirts, wraps or any other over-sized clothing.
  • Only include the best of your abilities in each segment of the video.
  • Be sure to look your best in every way, including: hair, make-up, etc.
  • Technique is the key – there is no substitute for solid, well-rounded technique.
  • Showmanship, personality and speaking skills throughout the video can really set your video application apart from the rest!

NDA Staff Application

Do you have what it takes to be an NDA Instructor?
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NDA Staffing Contacts

If you have questions regarding the tryout process or just want more info about joining staff, please reach out at the contact information below.

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Meet the NDA Corporate Team

Kelsey Buckner

Director of NDA Staffing

Kelsey Buckner

Director of NDA Staffing

Lizzy Colbert

Director of NDA Camp & Competition Programs

Lizzy Colbert

Director of NDA Camp & Competition Programs