NDA Staff

About Our Staff

Our Instructors are hand-selected from leading universities across the country, verified through extensive training, and passionate about what they do. They’re not only talented dancers, they’re great role models. At camp, NDA Instructors work alongside dance teams every step of the way to provide individual and team growth opportunities. Our staff inspire dancers to become leaders, enhance school spirit and pursue greatness.

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About Being an NDA Staff Member

Your Role as an NDA Staff Member

NDA Staff is an exciting opportunity for dancers to develop professionally in a field they love! Our instructors are some of the most talented and personable dancers in the country.  The NDA Staff take great pride in being part of an amazing family of instructors that spans the country and positively affects the lives of thousands of dancers every year. The honor of being an NDA Staff Member is one that has the ability to open many future professional doors for you if you commit to the job and give 100% throughout your career.

As a member of NDA Staff, you will have the opportunity to wear many different “hats” both during and after camp. As the industry progresses and changes, so does your job. Each year that you are invited to return as an NDA Instructor will bring more responsibilities and opportunities that can be beneficial in your future as you attend college and interview for jobs. Below are some expectations, responsibilities, and benefits should you be chosen for this amazing opportunity.

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.

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.
  • Per diem to cover meals and travel expenses.
  • End of summer bonus opportunities.
  • Exposure to choreography opportunities.
  • Marketable professional skills such as public speaking, staff and team management, to name a few.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Learn and teach innovative NDA curriculum to athletes and facilitate team bonding.
  • Staff discount in the Varsity Store.
  • Special Event 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.

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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!

Live Tryouts

Kansas

Date: December 7, 2019
Location: TKO All-Star Dance
Address: 14651 W 95th St., Lenexa, KS 66219
Check-in: 1:30 PM
Audition: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

New Jersey

Date: January 4, 2020
Location: Rancocas Valley High School
Address: 520 Hedding Jacksonville Rd, Mt Holly, NJ 08060
Check-in: 1:30 PM
Audition: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Please note, this is an option and not required to attend in order to apply. RSVP by emailing Staffing Director, Kelsey Buckner: kbuckner@varsity.com.

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Meet the NDA Corporate Team

Buffy Duhon

Senior Vice President & General Manager

Buffy Duhon

Senior Vice President & General Manager

From Allen, Texas

Why do you love working for NDA?
``NCA & NDA believe in building better young people with stronger self-esteem and purpose in life that goes far beyond the activities of cheer and dance. If young people enjoy the activities of cheer and dance, and we can sprinkle in leadership, values, community service, and teamwork, then we have met our goal. The cheerleaders, dancers, coaches, and staff that we work with are a positive influence and motivation to all of us in the corporate office to keep creating, keep giving back, and keep moving the bar so that the leadership qualities we all believe in can be shared with others.``

What do you love to do in your free time?
``I'm the mom of two teenage boys, so we spend lots of time on the soccer field and basketball court. I enjoy volunteering with my church to help build better lives for those in need of a little boost.``

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Kelsey Buckner

Director of NDA Staffing

Kelsey Buckner

Director of NDA Staffing

From Rowlett, Texas

Why do you love working for NDA?
``My staff are my why. They each have the ability to accomplish any goal they set their mind to and I see it as my role to support, motivate, challenge and encourage them through it all. They are such a light in my life and their passion pours out in all they do, which inspires me each day as their staffing director. It is an honor and a joy to work with these amazing athletes year after year.``

What do you love to do in your free time?
``Discovering new restaurants or sites around Dallas, traveling, exploring the great outdoors and learning new ways to entertain my hyperactive cat, Pumpkin, whom I love dearly! ``

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Lizzy Colbert

Director of NDA Camp & Competition Programs

Lizzy Colbert

Director of NDA Camp & Competition Programs

From Boise, Idaho

Why do you love working for NDA?
``Working for NDA is one of THE most rewarding jobs there is. Watching the athletes remember the dance and life lessons you taught them in their classes year after year is extremely fulfilling. Knowing as an instructor that you made such a giant impact on their life in just a few short days is something extremely rare and special. I am grateful for the opportunities that NDA has given me to inspire athletes across the globe.``

What do you love to do in your free time?
``When I am not working or traveling with NDA, I am spending my time camping, boating, or barbecuing by the pool with my fiance and dog, Rex!``

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Aisa Terry

Creative Associate & Operations Assistant

Aisa Terry

Creative Associate & Operations Assistant

From Greencastle, Indiana

Why do you love working for NDA?
``My 'why' is having the opportunity to positively impact individuals in an industry that has completely shaped my life. I've always had a heart for being a part of something bigger, and there's nothing like giving back by sharing my passion with others. NDA has a way of inspiring me each and every day. I couldn't imagine my life without this company I call home.``

What do you love to do in your free time?
``In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I love taking dance classes, volunteering and catching up on my favorite Netflix shows.``

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