Chance to Dance: Lead Dance Artist


Competitive rates, including prep time (one-year casual engagement, from September 2018)

Royal Opera House Learning and Participation devises and delivers an extensive nationwide learning and participation programme that enables people to actively engage with ballet, opera, music and theatre crafts.

We are now looking to recruit three dynamic and experienced Lead Dance Artists for our flagship Chance to Dance programme. Post-holders will deliver creative ballet workshops in primary schools, lead a choreographic process with primary-aged children and deliver CPD and mentoring to support Associate Dance Artists. As part of the Chance to Dance artistic advisory group, the post-holders would help to shape the creative practice in the first year of the new programme.

Chance to Dance:

Chance to Dance gives primary school children from across the country, who do not have access to ballet/in areas facing numerous disadvantages, their first opportunity to engage creatively with ballet, connecting closely with the inspirational repertory, choreographers and dancers of The Royal Ballet.

With its 27-year track record for excellence, the Royal Opera House is now building a national presence with a view to being the catalyst for systemic change in who has access to ballet and the opportunity to train professionally.

To create more opportunities for aspiring young dancers to engage in further training, the Royal Opera House works collaboratively with The Royal Ballet School as well as other local and national dance education partners to model best practice in the creative teaching of ballet and establish more accessible pathways, especially for those who face difficulty accessing existing opportunities.


The responsibilities of the role include:

-Delivering creative ballet workshops in primary schools, connecting pupils and their teachers to curriculum-linked themes in the repertory of The Royal Ballet;

-Leading a choreographic process with primary-aged children of mixed abilities;

-Overseeing / staging performances with primary-aged children at the Royal Opera House;

-Delivering CPD to primary school teachers and Associate Dance Artists (ballet teachers from recreational / pre-vocational schools);

-Supporting Associate Dance Artists via mentoring, co-delivery and shadowing opportunities;

-Contributing to a process of identifying talent and potential for dance in primary-aged children;

-Being part of an artistic advisory group to shape and evolve the creative practice of the Chance to Dance programme;

-Acting as an ambassador for Learning and Participation and The Royal Opera House.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

-Substantial experience of delivering high quality creative ballet workshops / classes for children with mixed abilities;

-Significant experience of process-driven choreography with children with mixed abilities;

-Experience of delivering CPD for teachers and/or dance artists;

-A passion for and understanding of ballet and its potential within a learning context;

-An understanding of best practice in ballet learning and participation;

-A willingness and ability to share skills and practice with other dance artists and to apply knowledge and expertise to support the development of Chance to Dance Associate Dance Artists` practice, where appropriate;

-The ability to work within a team of dance artists to reflect on artistic practice and continue to refine an excellent participatory ballet experience for primary-aged children.


To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter for the attention of Ruby Wolk to chancetodance@roh.org.uk.

Please note that this work is offered on a PAYE basis.

Applicants must have work authorization for the UK.

This role is subject to a DBS disclosure.


Closing date for applications: 8am on Monday 18th June 2018.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July.