Bristol Dance Practitioner Recruitment

Movema is seeking experienced and emerging Community Dance Practitioners to join the team and deliver on our community dance projects in the Bristol area.

Current Projects

Our current work in Bristol includes workshop-based delivery and performance projects with community engagement at the core. Examples include:

  • Everybody Dance Now – A Community project for families.
  • World In A Box – Primary School & educational workshops.
  • Trinity Outreach programme – Children and young people, and family projects.
  • World Fusion – Adult classes and Community performances.
  • Dance to Heal and Thrive – Wellbeing sessions for women.
  • Artist Development – Training and shadowing opportunities.
  • Community events & performances including; Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Refugee Festival, Harbour Festival.

Movema Bristol

Movema’s team in Bristol includes 3 part-time employees and 3-6 regular freelance artists.

We are looking to grow our team in order to deliver some of the exciting projects we will be working on in 2023, extending our presence and reach within Bristol. 

We have strong partnerships with The Trinity Centre, Filwood Community Centre, The Nest in Page Park, Bristol Institute for Performing Arts (BIPA), The Diverse Artist Network (DAN) and RISE Youth Dance.

It’s a great time to be joining Movema Bristol as we have ambitious plans for growth and nurture a culture that values and supports the artists we employ.

Role Description

We are looking for Community Dance Practitioners for current and forthcoming projects (freelance contracts).

Community Dance Practitioners will be responsible for planning, preparation, dance delivery, choreography, safeguarding during sessions as well as administration and management of sessions. E.g coordinating with other staff to prepare for a performances.

Fees are usually in the bracket of £30- £40 for delivery of a 1 hour regular session, depending on the project and responsibilities involved.

We have some project roles available in early 2023 and further opportunities throughout the year.

Most of our sessions are taught to people of various abilities and backgrounds. We welcome applications from practitioners from any dance genre, including those from non-formal training backgrounds.

Weekday and evening teaching opportunities available, as well as teaching and performance opportunities on weekends.

We are also interested in hearing from Developing Dance Practitioners and Trainees or Supporting Dance Practitioners who have had less experience but are keen to develop (please see information at the bottom of this document).

Person Specification

We would like all suitable candidates to:

  • Have a passion for dance and working in community and education.
  • Have dance/movement teaching experience (ideally 3+ years).
  • Be 18 years+
  • Be well organised, committed and excellent communicators.
  • Be prepared to work flexibly in a small arts organisation.
  • Ideally have a special interest in a form of world dance, or keen interest to develop this.
  • Have a passion and keen interest in people, places and cultures around the world.
  • Contribute to session administration such as registers and session logs.
  • Contribute to the coordination of performances and events for your groups.
  • Be an ambassador for Movema and the work of the charity.
  • Be able to independently manage their journey to and from sessions.
  • Be able to work on a freelance basis (paid monthly on receipt of an invoice).
  • Attain a DBS before commencing work (we can support the process).
  • Be committed to Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk, as a priority.

Please view or download Movema’s Dance Practitioner Recruitment Pack

Benefits of working with Movema

Movema is a professional and nurturing organisation. We promote a team culture which includes both employees and freelancers, supporting each other to achieve our project goals and develop our skills as individuals.

Freelancers would have the opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic and creative team, have access to free classes, events and festivals, be part of community performances and take advantage of training and development opportunities.

Recruitment Day

Movema is partnering with RISE Youth Dance to run a recruitment day for both organisations looking to expand their team of freelance practitioners.

See more information about RISE Dance Teaching opportunities.

To Apply

Step 1:

If you would like to be considered for the teaching opportunities with RISE and Movema please email to express your interest.

  • Please attach your CV or link to your dance and teaching work.
  • Complete this online Equality and Diversity Form
  • Confirm your availability for the recruitment day.

Step 2:

Successful candidates will be invited to attend our Artist Recruitment Day:

Date: 7th January 2023

Time: 10am-3pm (Slot allocated)

Location: TBC. Bristol, BS7

Candidates will have a short informal interview with Movema and RISE (5 minutes) and will be invited to deliver a micro-teach (of 10 minutes) to a class of students.

During this part of the interview we will be looking for workshop leadership skills, so please prepare a short dance activity that showcases your teaching skills and your strengths for example; contemporary technique, a world dance style or a creative task.

The micro-teach students will be young people aged 14-18 years with dance experience, but candidates can pitch their micro-teach at any community group or age group from Primary age upwards. 

Step 3:

Following the Recruitment Day, we will be in touch with the outcome of your interview asap.

Important Dates:

Please send your application email by: Wednesday 4th January 2023.

And we will reply by: 5th /6th January inviting successful candidates to the RISE and Movema Recruitment Day on: Saturday 7th January 2023.

Please accept our apologies for the short notice of this interview time, which is due to the break for Christmas.

If you are unable to attend on the 7th January but would like to be considered for roles, please do get in touch with us.


Diversity is in-built at the core of our business and everything we do and we consider ‘Diversity’ in its widest sense.

Movema is committed to ensuring our team reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.  We actively seek team members to reflect a multitude of life experiences and backgrounds and encourage applications from ethnically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, other protected characteristics and those from working class backgrounds, currently underrepresented in arts roles.

Other Roles:

As well as lead Community Dance Practitioners, we are also looking to engage with following types of role for our wider programme:

Developing / Emerging Dance Practitioners
  • Might be a recent dance or performing arts graduate, 
  • People coming back to dance after a break, 
  • People who have teaching experience in other fields, 
  • Semi-professional dancers/ dance leaders.,
  • People who have a specialism in a form of World Dance but perhaps less experience of community facilitation or educational work.

Depending on experience and interest, this role might contribute to the planning, preparation, dance delivery, safeguarding during sessions, and some admin. 
They might require more guidance from Movema than a Lead Dance Practitioner. They may wish to take training & shadowing opportunities to develop skills to be a Lead Dance Practitioner.

Fees are usually £20 – £30 for a 1 hour regular session, depending on the project and level responsibility.

Trainee / Supporting Dance Practitioners
  • Might be people with a keen interest and passion for dance.  
  • They may be studying dance or have dance as a hobby, 
  • But have not / not yet experienced working in an arts organisation.

A Trainee/ Supporting Dance Practitioner might be at sessions to encourage and help participants to join in, they will support with safeguarding, they might help with some admin and preparing the space. They may contribute to the teaching depending on skill set and interest. 
Trainees will almost always work alongside a Lead or Developing Community Dance Practitioner, a member of the Movema team or partner organisation.

They may wish to take training & shadowing opportunities to develop skills to become a Community Dance Practitioner.

Fees from £12 (Movema observe the National Living Wage and Real Living Wage).

  • May be a member of a class, project or community group,
  • With an interest to support Movema to run effectively,
  • Perhaps with a passion for dance or community projects,

A volunteer may attend sessions to help with registration, setting up a room, organising paperwork or crafts or costumes for performances for example.

Volunteers are usually unpaid for their services, but may receive free classes, opportunities for training, or some expenses depending on the project.

Guests / Specialist Artists / Masters
  • Will be very experienced in dance and dance leadership,
  • Have a specialist knowledge and training to a high level,
  • Will have operated as a professional dance practitioner for a number of years.

A guest may have years of professional experience in a particular style or approach.

A specialist will be employed for their expertise and in-depth knowledge.  They will have a portfolio of high level work and may have created, taught or performed dance in contexts such as touring companies, institutions, diverse community groups. 

A master may work internationally, may have produced publications or resources or are studied and cited by other dance professionals.

Fees will be determined by project and role.

If you are interested in being considered for any of these roles with Movema please email: