Job titleCommunity Dance Artist for Intergenerational Dance Project
EmployerUniversity of Bedfordshire, Big Lottery Funded Project
Job Description

Community Dance Artist to lead intergenerational Community Collective Project

We are looking for an experienced Community Dance Artist to lead the next stage of the Generations Dancing Project.

The Role

The project will run over 40 weeks from September 2019 to July 2020, and requires the Community Artist to lead on two key strands of the project.

The first strand, to develop and continue an existing scheme by delivering two weekly dance classes for older dancers, termly dance workshops for school students, leading 2 intergenerational dance classes and managing a final celebratory dance event.

The second strand, to develop and lead a small scale, 6 week pilot project to engage new participants in the scheme.

The artist fee is £5000, to include:

  • All teaching, planning, communication and administration
  • 6 hours training before the project commences on Wednesday 4th September – you will need to be available for this date

Skills and Qualities

  • You will have experience of leading small scale community dance projects, including leading a small team and collaboration between organisations
  • You will have good leadership and communication skills
  • You will have a passion for community practice and teaching dance to different age groups in a range of community settings.
  • You will hold a DBS certificate

Project Background:Generations Dancing is a collaborative project between community organisations and the University of Bedfordshire delivering intergenerational opportunities and activities for young people and older people in Bedford. The hugely successful inaugural project in 2017 brought together local older people living in residential care, school children, University students with artist from dance and photography.  The Generations Dancing legacy has enabled continued weekly dance classes to older residents living in residential housing, school children and introduced a weekly class for over 55s living independently.

Project: Generations Dancing (community collective)

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, this project builds on the existing two years of activity to develop the next step, creating intergenerational community collectives.

The aims of the project are to: increase participants’ access to arts and culture; facilitate collaboration and socialisation between different age groups and community sectors; and develop sustainable infrastructure for community arts in Bedford to:

  • Break down barriers
  • Find a shared language for communication
  • Shift the residential environment and how its spaces can be used to facilitate communication, activity and sharing.
  • Provide a shared community arts legacy

The community collective consists of:

  • A lead community dance artist
  • A Bedford based residential care provider
  • A Bedford based secondary school
  • A volunteer older adult (living independently)
  • An alumni assistant
  • A university student intern


September 2019

Wednesday 4th September 2019 Training for lead artists, student intern, alumni and volunteer adults

Final planning stages, timetabling, calendar

October- Christmas 2019

  • Workshops in schools
  • Weekly dance classes at residential home and older adult class at the university
  • Establishing a connection between school students and older adult residents (Christmas cards/ letters)
  • 1st school visit to care home
  • Planning for small scale pilot project

January-April 2020

  • Weekly dance classes at residential home and older adult class at the university
  • Continued exchange between school group and care home (e.g. sending photographs or recordings of dance activity)
  • 2nd School visit to care setting
  • Deliver 6 week small scale pilot project to engage new participants

May-July 2020

  • Weekly dance classes at residential home and older adult class at the university
  • Schools workshop reviewing their experience of the project
  • Garden party and dance at care home attended by schools, friends and family
  • Taster sessions and talks for potential new groups
  • Evaluation (focus groups with participants, artists, care providers and school teachers)

For more information:

To discuss the project further please contact Sadie Hunt on either or on 07846331391

To apply:

Please submit a letter of application and your CV to by Monday 26th July 2019

City / TownBedford
Rate / Salary£5000 project fee
Deadline for application26/07/2019
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