Employment / Volunteer Opportunities

About this organization

Mission Statement

Joy of Motion Dance Center aims to provide the highest quality dance education and performance experiences that reinforce the principle that the art of Dance is for Everyone. Joy of Motion Dance Center teaches and encourages people of all ages to integrate dance into their lives for better individual and community health and well-being.

Who We Are

Hailed “the area’s most comprehensive dance institution” by The Washington Post, Joy of Motion Dance Center (JOMDC) is dedicated to providing unparalleled learning and performance opportunities that reinforce the principle that Dance is for Everyone. Since our founding in 1976, we have earned a reputation for excellence in dance education, diversity and innovation in programming, and community service. We have been honored with the Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts and the Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.

What We Do

JOMDC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization, is committed to building communities that dance. Thousands of children and adults participate each year in dance classes, workshops, festivals, and performances at our 3 studio locations in 2 Wards of the District and in Bethesda, Maryland. The broad spectrum of dance that we offer to all ages, abilities, and levels falls into 4 major programs: Community Dance School, Dance Institute, Neighborhood Steps, and Performance Season.


Lighting Designer/Technical Director

Job Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Production Manager, the Lighting Designer/Technical Director oversees and contributes to the successful completion of the technical and especially lighting elements for Joy of Motion programming.

Working closely with the Production Manager and House Manager, the Lighting Designer/Technical Director is responsible for executing all lighting for productions. This includes facilitating requests from Production Manager and choreographers, setting up the space (cabling, gelling, maintaining and setting up/striking lights, lighting board and any other equipment needed for the execution of a production) and management duties etc. as necessary. The LD/TD executes calling of the show and is responsible for operating the light board during productions, as well as maintaining equipment in good repair and keeping an eye on all technical aspects of Joy of Motion’s Jack Guidone Theater. The LD/TD upholds and implements Joy of Motion’s mentoring philosophy, mission value, and goals statements.


-Individual must be punctual and manage time well.
– College student/graduate or equivalent
– Must be at least 19yrs of age
– Knowledge of theater operation and lighting equipment
– Must have some facility with QLab, or willingness to learn quickly
– Some dance knowledge
– Strong organizational and people skills
– Individual must have the ability to lift objects up to 50 lbs


– Part-Time Weekend Hours, required primarily Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Hours are typically Sat 4:30-10:30pm and Sunday 5-10pm.  Hours are also based on the production schedule. Some months there will be shows every weekend, other months there might only be 1-2 shows.
– Pay commensurate with experience as an hourly employee
– Individual will also receive free dance classes at all JOMDC locations
Please submit a resume and cover letter to production@joyofmotion.org with the subject line of “LD/TD Resume”.

Studio Assistant Manager


Provide support and assistance to the Studio Manager in customer relations, administrative duties, and general studio operations. This is a “manager-in-training” position, with training and supervision in all aspects of studio management. Individual will report to the Studio Manager.


-Serve as manager on duty when studio manager is not present.
-Assist manager with general maintenance and cleaning of all studios and office.
-Assist in marketing and promotion of all classes and programs.
-Perform general office duties.
-Assist in maintenance of studio database.
-Assist in studio and student correspondence, including phone, fax, mail, and email.
-Assist in processing all class registrations.
-Assist manager in all accounting and record keeping.
-Assist in management and training of workstudy staff.

Provide team support to Joy of Motion Dance Center staff in the organizing, planning, and executing of all studio functions, including, but not limited to, the Youth Spring Concert, concerts in The Jack Guidone Theater, Open Houses, and Fundraisers.


Individual should possess strong interpersonal skills in a multi-task work environment, as well as proficient oral and written communication skills. Individual should have the ability to problem solve and take initiative. Position requires a working knowledge of Microsoft programs including Word and Google documents. Individual should have a desire to work for a nonprofit arts organization and enjoy a fun, stimulating environment. Individual must have a flexible schedule and be available to work days, evenings, and weekends as necessary. College degree or equivalent is preferred. Some dance experience and knowledge of different genres of dance is required. Strong familiarity with Joy of Motion Dance Center is a huge plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Individual must be able to clean and maintain studio spaces.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
BENEFITS: Free dance classes
SALARY: Hourly wage or salary will be offered based on qualifications

Monday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm at Bethesda

Tuesday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm at Bethesda

Wednesday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm at Bethesda

Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm at Bethesda

Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm at Bethesda

Joy of Motion Dance Center is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to dquirion@joyofmotion.org  Attn: Dani Quirion, Community Dance School Director.

Office Manager (Part-time)

Joy of Motion Dance Center seeks a highly organized and detail-oriented individual to serve as Office Manager (part-time). Reporting to the Finance Director, the Office Manager is responsible for management of its administrative office, as well as providing support to the Finance Director and Executive Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure well-functioning office space, including maintaining and ordering supplies and equipment, which includes providing coordination and assistance of said functions to dance studios;
  • Assist with bookkeeping and financial management, including A/P, income processing, account reconciliation, and recurring journal entries support year-end financial reporting and tax preparation; 
  • Assist with employee hiring and new-hire orientation, facilitate bi-weekly payroll submissions, and oversee record filing and retention;
  • Management and upkeep of MindBody database in coordination with studio managers;
  • Maintain filing systems;
  • Board meeting preparation and correspondence with Board;
  • Provide administrative support to Finance Director & Executive Director, and;
  • Other duties and special projects as needed.

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree; some office management or administrative experience (bookeeping as well as non-profit or arts experience a plus); capacity to balance multiple projects and competing priorities; ability to work with extreme accuracy and efficiency; great communication skills and capability to work with a variety of constituents; strong computer skills (proficiency in MS Office and databases, experience in Quickbooks a plus);  and the ability to maintain a positive attitude and humor under pressure.

This position is part time at 20 hours a week. Exact timing and days are flexible. Start date is September 1, 2016.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to finance@joyofmotion.org. NOTE: Please reference “Office Manager” in the subject of the email.


Studio Workstudy

Joy of Motion Dance Center is currently seeking Workstudy applicants for all three studio locations. Volunteers must commit to one a 5-hour shift per week for a total of 20 hours per month, for 6 months. Successful candidates must be responsible and willing to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. We’re looking for friendly, engaging, dance enthusiast who wish to gain experience in arts administration. Basic MAC skills required, as well as the purchase a $12 JOMDC T-shirt. Perks: free adult dance classes at all studio locations. Click here to view and submit our Workstudy application.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application to studiohiring@joyofmotion.org

Main Office Marketing Intern (Fall Semester SEPT-JAN)

Are you a marketing student who’s looking for real world experiences? Join our marketing team this fall and help to inspire the DMV to dance! We’re looking for highly capable and inspired undergrad or graduate students to support us Sept – Dec 2016. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Mindbody, Salesforce, Hootsuite, Google Analytics and MAC programs is required. Must have own transportation and be able to work 20 hours per week (flexible schedule, Fridays required). Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to the Director of Communications and Media, at marketing@joyofmotion.org. Unlimited dance classes offered! Submissions will close on Sept. 1.

Finance Intern (Summer + Fall)

Are you a student looking for real world experiences? Work with our Business and Finance Director and learn arts management from the inside out. Students must need college credit, be proficient in Microsoft Office, and dedicate 15 hours each week. Benefits include unlimited dance classes in a casual work environment that nurtures young professionals.

Production Intern (Summer + Fall)

Are you a theatre/arts student looking for real world experiences? Work with our Production Director and learn theatre arts management from the inside out. Students must need college credit, basic MAC skills required, and an ability to work well unsupervised. Dedicate 15 hours each week and receive unlimited dance classes at a casual work environment that nurtures young professionals.

Summer Street Team

Are you a current JOMDC student who loves dancing when the music turns on? We are looking for people who love to dance in public as part of of our newly formed Street Team. Join us this summer and during fall festivals and events as ambassadors of dance in D.C.! Hand out free class cards, dance class schedules, and share the joy of motion with the city! Donate 10 hours of time this summer and receive a 10-Class Drop-in Discount Package. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to the Director of Communication and Media, at marketing@joyofmotion.org.