Dance Volunteer

YMCA Calgary Volunteer Position

Volunteer Title: Dance Volunteer

Location: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton

Reports To: Arts Program Director

Date of Revision: April 2023

Note: This role has an age requirement of 16+ years.


As a Dance volunteer you will support the Dance Instructor in many aspects of the program. Come prepared to move!  Modeling active and enthusiastic participation is crucial, and previous Dance experience is helpful.   Other duties could include assisting the Instructor in teaching choreography, technique, facilitating warm-ups, games, and cool downs as well as the logistical concerns such as sign in/out.


Time Commitment

This position requires an 8-month commitment. Volunteers are expected to commit to one (1) volunteer shift per week. Shifts are 1.5 hours in length and typically scheduled at the same time each week.

Duties and Responsibilities

Health and Safety

  1. Maintain a safe environment by following YMCA Calgary policies and procedures
  2. Build relationships with members, participants, and YMCA staff and volunteers
  3. Communicate with YMCA Staff regarding any situations during your volunteer shift

Program Support

  1. Ensure safety, communication, and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  2. Manage risks associated with participation in programs


At YMCA Calgary we ensure our volunteers are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following:

  1. Able to engage with a group of youth and display positive behaviour-management techniques
  2. Previous dance experience
  3. Experience teaching dance to youth an asset


  1. Develop practical leadership skills
  2. Complementary YMCA Calgary membership (after 3-month probation)
  3. Education and professional development opportunities


  1. Clear Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (volunteer letter will be provided after interview)
  2. Three references (two professional)
  3. Able to attend and complete required trainings

Orientation and Training

  1. YBeginnings Orientation
  2. Health, Safety, and Risk Training
  3. Child Safety and Protection Training
  4. Position-specific training
    1. Processes and tools
    2. Expectations
  5. Ongoing training and support