Paid opportunity for early career dance artists

ACE dance and music and Black Country Dance Hub are looking to offer 2 dance artists a paid opportunity to gain skills on an exciting carnival project this summer within Black Country schools. The role is to train and up skill each dance artist whilst working along side ACE dance and music team members and through mentoring sessions with Black Country Dance Hub. The role would suit both early career artists and those who are transitioning from performing positions into dance industry roles.


If you are enthusiastic about working collaboratively in dance, developing your own skills and working with children and young people, we’d love to hear from you.



  • A desire and need to develop your teaching and freelance artist skills.
  • Connections to the Black Country: whether currently living or can easily access the area.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for teaching primary aged school children with a focus on arts, high quality dance experiences, creativity, access and inclusion.
  • willingness to learn, develop as an artist and to take on feedback.


  • Experience and/or an interest in showcasing Caribbean Carnival styles.
  • Dancer from a Black heritage background.


Fee: £3800*

Contract: 27 days

Phase 1: between Monday 22nd May to Friday 14th July 2023

Phase 2: between September 2023 to December 2023

*Travel included


How to apply:

To apply please send CV (no longer than 2 pages of A4). Also, text or audio/video format answering:

  1. Tell us about yourself and why you would like this training opportunity?
  2. Why dance is important for children and young people?
  3. Your connection to the Black Country: whether you live in, originally from or can easily travel to the area.

Send to: 

Deadline for applications: noon on Thursday 11 May 2023

Shortlisting: Friday 12 May

Interview: Saturday 20th May


If you have any questions about this opportunity or require access support in order to apply contact:

Tori Drew, ACE dance and music:



Maggie Lewis, Black Country Dance Hub: