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Shadowing & Mentoring opportunity: 
Creative Dance Project for Early Years & Families in Rugby

Wriggle Dance Theatre are looking for someone to shadow and assist in the delivery of an exciting new creative dance project for Early Years and families at Rugby Library. The project runs over 5 weeks in June and comprises 4 weekly workshops for children under 5 and their parent/carer and a professional interactive dance theatre performance, Into the Rainbow, for families, plus, a CPD dance and movement training session for people working with Early Years.

This opportunity will include attending weekly sessions to shadow the session leader and supporting the company at the performance of Into the Rainbow. The candidate will also receive dedicated mentoring from Wriggle’s co-director, Lucy Knight and a free place on a dance and movement CPD training day for Early Years practitioners, led by Wriggle Dance Theatre.

Duties will include;

Assisting with the set-up of workshops, joining in with all sessions and supporting the session leader and families where needed, taking photographs, capturing evidence/feedback for evaluation, assisting in the get-in and get-out for Into the Rainbow, helping to manage the audience during the show, collecting audience feedback.

This position is suitable for someone who is interested in working in community dance settings with early years and families, ideally a recent dance or theatre graduate or someone with some dance experience or experience of working in early years settings.

You must be available to attend all the dates below.

Please note this position is unpaid and is a professional development opportunity.

Key Dates:

  • 4 x weekly creative dance workshops on Tuesdays – 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th June – 10.30am to 12pm
  • 1 x performance of Into the Rainbow on Tuesday 3rd July - 10am to 12.30pm
  • Mentoring sessions – to be arranged to suit & will include, post workshop discussions, phone calls, email
  • 1 x CPD training course – date tbc


Venue: Rugby Library, Little Elborow St, Rugby, CV21 3BZ

To apply:

Please send your CV, two people whom we can contact for references and, a covering letter outlining why you are interested in working with Wriggle Dance Theatre, what you would gain from the mentoring opportunity and any relevant experience.


Deadline for applications: Thursday 24th May, midday 

Assistants wanted'Bringing Arts to rural communities'


Wriggle Dance Theatre are looking for 2 volunteers to assist in the delivery of a dance project for school children in rural Northamptonshire that will culminate in a performance opportunity for the children to perform alongside 3 professional performers (2 dancers/1 live musician). 
Funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Yelvertoft Community Wind Farm Fund, ‘Bringing Arts to Rural Communities’ will enable Wriggle to bring together 3 professional performers with children from 2 rural primary schools (Crick Primary and Yelvertoft Primary) to devise a performance over 5 weeks to be performed to members of the local communities in a charming outside theatre space in Yelvertoft.
The volunteer will shadow and support the session leader in the delivery of the project, with opportunities to input into the planning process and assist on the performance day. Other duties may include helping with collecting monitoring information and taking video/photos of the project.
Weekly sessions in each school will consist of a programme of creative movement and dance activities and opportunities for the children to develop their own creative ideas. The performance will be inspired by wind energy and the aesthetic of the wind turbines. This theme will enable opportunities for the children to understand more about how wind energy is produced, how the turbines work and respond creatively devising their own movements, utilising patterns, shapes and energy as stimulus.
This offers the children a unique creative experience, the opportunity to work with professional performers and to perform to members of their local communities.
This is an exciting and valuable professional development opportunity suitable for performing arts/dance students, recent graduates or those wishing to gain expertise in delivering dance and movement projects in community / education settings.

You will need to be available to assist for all the dates at 1 of the schools, as well as the full cast rehearsal and performance day, and will need to be available for set-up / clearing up time before and after each session.
Sessions at Yelvertoft and Crick Primary Schools will take place simultaneously: 
Tues 5th June 2018       1.30pm – 3pm              Crick Primary / Yelvertoft primary  
Tues 12th June 2018     1.30pm – 3pm              Crick Primary / Yelvertoft primary         
Tues 19th June 2018     1.30pm – 3pm              Crick Primary / Yelvertoft primary         
Tues 26th June 2018     1.30pm – 3pm              Crick Primary / Yelvertoft primary         
Tues 3rd July 2018        1.30pm – 3pm              Crick Primary / Yelvertoft primary         
Thurs 12th July 2018     10am – 3pm                 Yelvertoft Village Hall                           
Sat 14th July 2018        9am – 1pm                    Yelvertoft Village Hall      


We can offer a fee of £15 per session to cover expenses. Total fee for the project: £105


Please send a covering letter explaining why you would like this opportunity and highlighting any relevant experience you have.
Send to: 
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018