Dance Artist (Parkinson's)

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Dance Base is currently recruiting for the role of  Dance Artist (Parkinson’s).

Location: Based in Edinburgh, but will be required to deliver educational activities, and attend meetings and events across Scotland.

Job summary:  Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Dance Base, in partnership with Scottish Ballet, will deliver a Scotland-wide Dance for Parkinson’s (DfPS) programme, involving the creation of hubs across the country.

Focusing on health and wellbeing, this post will administer, and co-deliver classes and workshops to all sectors of the community across Scotland, and play an active role in the day-to-day running and long-term vision of the Participation department.

Reports to: Dance Health Project Manager (DHPM), with mentoring by the Participation Manager

Key working relationships:

  • The position is a member of the Participation team and will work closely with the Dance and Health Project Manager
    The position works closely to support the Participation Manager. It will also work closely with freelance dance and music practitioners.
    Requires the ability to build excellent relationships with freelance tutors and musicians, educational institutions, cultural organisations, community organisations and groups, students, local authorities and venue staff.   

Key responsibilities:

  • To work as an integral member of the Participation team in delivering high quality participatory initiatives, focusing on health and wellbeing and supporting the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland initiative.

Specific duties:

  • Assist internal colleagues to gather appropriate repertoire and support material, to inform repertoire based workshops.
    To assist the Dance Health Project Manager with the preparation of appropriate support and resource materials for projects in consultation with the Participation Manager and other colleagues.
    Liaise with freelance tutors and musicians across hub locations
    Work with the Participation Manager and DHPM in establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with external partners.
    Attend planning sessions and work in partnership with Scottish Ballet to gain knowledge of their repertoire, as required.
    Contribute to the creation and delivery of high quality Dance for Parkinson’s projects, which will include teaching people of all ages and abilities.
    Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of projects to enable accurate reporting to Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland other key funding bodies.
    Attend all relevant meetings as required.

    Other duties: Other duties as consistent with this job description or as directed by the Dance Health Project Manager or Participation Manager.

Key attributes:

  • Degree in dance or equivalent
    Experience of devising and leading community dance workshops
    Experience of collaboration within an arts organisation (desirable)
    Knowledge of contemporary dance, and an understanding of Dance Base’s artistic vision
    Knowledge and understanding of participatory arts
    Current knowledge of the place of dance health within the UK
    Strong dance technique and sound creative skills
    Good IT skills, including windows based packages
    Ability to work alone or as a member of a team
    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish excellent working relationships, both internally and externally
    Current, full, clean driving licence (desirable)
    A positive, pro-active and flexible approach
    Thorough, accurate and able to work to tight deadlines
    Flexibility with working hours in order to cope with travel, attending performances, conferences and other events
    An interest in the arts
    Willingness to share skills and experiences
    An enthusiastic attitude to arts education in its broadest sense.
    Ability to maintain confidentiality
    Disclosure Scotland:  Dance Base will seek PVG certification for the successful candidate and any job offer will be made conditional upon the success of the application

Terms and conditions: 24 hours per week pro rata (negotiable with candidate)
Salary: £23,00 per annum (pro rata £13,800)
Hours & place of work: Dance Base, with the requirement for weekly travel to Dundee and Aberdeen. Less frequent travel will be required for Inverness.
Contract: 3-year fixed term
Holidays: 32 days paid holiday per year pro-rata with designated public holidays.
Overtime: No overtime is payable but will be given as Time off in Lieu with the agreement of your Line Manager.

To apply for the role by post, please download and print the job pack below, and complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. Mark the envelope with the code ‘DAP18’ and post a hard copy to:

Dance Base
14-16 Grassmarket

Or download the job pack and application forms below and send your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form in via email to: with your name and ‘DAP18’ in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Monday 30 April and interviews will be held on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

Please do not submit CVs as these are not accepted.    

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in Dance Base


Dance Base is an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sectors of the community.

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