Job titleFreelance dance artist for Sadler’s Wells Learning and Engagement
EmployerSadler's Wells Theatre
Job Description

Freelancer Call Out for School and Community work at Sadler’s Wells Theatre


About Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation, dedicated to presenting, producing and touring dance made today in all its forms. Sadler’s Wells commissions, presents and produces more dance than any other theatre in the world – from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance. With an innovative, year-round programme of performances and learning activities, this is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where we welcome everyone to experience dance and be inspired.

Our aim is to reflect and respond to the world through dance: enabling artists of all backgrounds to create dance that moves us and opens our minds; sharing those experiences with the widest possible audiences to enrich their lives and deepen their understanding of what it means to be human.


Future Plans

Plans are underway for the development of a fourth venue in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells’ new space will be located on the Stratford Waterfront site, opposite the London Aquatics Centre, alongside UAL’s London College of Fashion and the V&A Museum. The site will form part of a new cultural and education

district, which will also include a major new University College London (UCL) campus and have direct links to the creative communities already based in east London.

Sadler’s Wells’ new space will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for a choreographic centre and a hip hop academy, all planned to open at the end of 2022.


Learning and Engagement at Sadler’s Wells

Our current learning and participation work reaches 20,000 annually and the department’s activity both on and off stage is central to the enrichment of Sadler’s Wells’ overall artistic and audience strategy. Our existing dance programmes, including Associate Schools, Get Into Dance and Art of Age, have helped widen our impact and deepen learning for all those who participate.  Nurturing young talent and taking part is also vital to our vision: we have presented several main stage presentations with non-professionals over the years as well as the Elixir Festival for older dancers. The department also runs the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), which is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education and is now in its 7th year of operation.

In the lead up to the opening of the new venue in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the work of the Learning and Engagement department is going to significantly expand by developing new, long-term programmes and partnerships in a number of east London boroughs. We are looking to recruit a team of freelance dance artists to support to our work in this expanded programme of activity. We aspire to deliver inclusive work which reflects the audience and participants we serve. We welcome applications from dance artists working across a range of dance styles and are particularly interested in hearing from artists from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, which are currently under-represented in this area.

The work will cover a range of age groups and abilities:

  • Over 60s
  • Youth groups
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • SEN schools
  • Under 5s

As part of this role we would expect you to:

  • Have considerable experience in project/ workshop leading within a schools or community dance context
  • Be comfortable and experienced in writing and leading workshop plans
  • Work effectively with our Learning and Engagement team and our school and community partners
  • Be Enhanced DBS checked and be able to provide evidence of this

We will be hosting a Freelance Dance Artist recruitment day here at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 6 May 2019. The day will be spilt into a morning workshop focusing on primary and secondary schools work and an afternoon workshop focusing on SEN and over 60s work.

If you are interested in attending and becoming one of our Learning and Engagement dance artists, please send your CV and covering letter detailing your experience, and which workshop you think you would be best suited to, in no more than 500 words  and return it by Thursday 18 April 2019.

Please send CV and covering letter to




City / TownLondon
Rate / Salary£75 per hour
Deadline for application18/04/2019
Date of Audition06/05/2019
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