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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong (HK)
Start date
Nov 9, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Type
Full Time

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and connections, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in developing future generations of performing artists that include performers, practitioners, designers, and technicians. The Academy's six Schools: Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts create a vibrant centre of practice, production, teaching and practice-as-research. Its outstanding reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally, and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, including some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to the training of future world-class performers and practitioners.

The School of Dance offers full-time programmes from sub-degree Diploma to MFA level, together with its part-time Gifted Young Dancer Programme. In keeping with its conservatoire status, the School's philosophy is centred around performance practice and reflects the unique cultural mix of Hong Kong, emphasising both Chinese and Western traditions. Our graduates are versatile and work across genres/styles, media and forms, and the ability to integrate core contextual knowledge and performance practice as theory and practice are the uniqueness of the School's programmes.

The Head of Academic and Contextual Studies (Dance) will be a member of the School’s executive team and will be expected to play a strategic role in the further development of the Academic and Contextual Studies area in the School, especially as they relate to research in practice-based programmes.  He/She will lead the School’s Academic studies at all levels and its thriving postgraduate programme.  Applicants should hold a higher degree (preferably a PhD), have extensive professional experience, substantial scholarly achievement, and experience teaching at the Postgraduate level. Appropriate academic leadership and management experience is also a must. The appointee will be required to teach one or more of the following: Contemporary Dance/Arts Practice, Aesthetics and Criticism, Dance History, Dance Education, or Dance Science.  He/She will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Dean in matters of scheduling, course evaluation and development, assessment, staff development and planning.  He/She will also be required to undertake committee work and student mentoring.  

Applicants should have:

Essential Criteria
•    Advanced-level academic qualifications in dance studies (preferably at doctoral level); and a minimum of five years' experience in teaching in a conservatoire context, including teaching at the Postgraduate level.
•    Substantial academic leadership and administrative/management experience in a dance conservatoire context or equivalent.
•    Demonstrated commitment to the scholarship of learning and teaching; and to practice-based research.
•    Demonstrated commitment to the integration of theory and practice, curriculum content, and innovative teaching practices, including e-learning.
•    A good understanding of contemporary dance practice, and current developments in the discipline, especially as they relate to practice-based research.
•    Experience in curriculum design and writing.
•    Fluency in spoken and written English.

Desirable Criteria
•    Experience /teaching in a multi-cultural context.
•    Fluency in spoken and written Chinese (including Putonghua and Cantonese).


Appointment will be on a two-year contract.  Renewal of contract is subject to performance.  A gratuity payment equals up to 15% of the total basic salary earned during the contract period may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the full contract period.  The amount of gratuity payable will be the sum which, when added to the Academy’s contribution to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme as required by the MPF Schemes Ordinance, equals 15 % of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period.  Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits.  Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Non-accountable Cash Allowance may be provided to the eligible appointee as entitled.  The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%.

To apply, please submit a completed Application Form (  together with a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of academic qualifications, to the Human Resources Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or email ( on or before 5 December 2023.  Please quote reference code “H(ACS-D)” in the Application Form.

HKAPA is an equal opportunity employer.

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