Job Vacancies


This is Dance Umbrella’s 39th year and is looking set to be its most dynamic and diverse festival yet. Since 1978 we have provided a platform for work by the most exceptional and interesting artists from over thirty countries, entertaining over a million people in the process right here in our humble capital. Venues have varied wildly- from the British Library to Sadler’s Wells, from Whitechapel Art Gallery to a bathroom showroom in Baker Street, from Alexandra Palace Ice Rink to canal longboats. Dance Umbrella truly pushes the boundaries of how and where 21st century choreography should –or can- be performed.

Appointed in 2014 CEO & Artistic Director Emma Gladstone has refreshed the mission by expanding the definition of contemporary dance to include the widest range of movement- commissioning work that encompasses skate boarding, ice skating, flamenco, aerial work, parkour and hip hop.

This year the festival will bring you ten events, including the chance to watch a monumental shipping container and a gravity defying dancer, an immersive performance set on a disused piece of land between an historic flour mill and London City Airport, and a range of impressive shows. From Battersea to Croydon from The Place to Shoreditch Town Hall, we are taking over the city to bring audiences and artists together in new and innovative ways.

Dance Umbrella aims to be a creative catalyst that develops not only artists and audiences, but the art form itself.

“Experimental ice-dance at Alexandra Palace, Rocío Molina outside her “flamenco” niche, hip hop’s Harlem history and fresh, child friendly choreography: a new director has Dance Umbrella moving in the right direction”  The Guardian 2014

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in assisting with the 2017 Dance Umbrella festival.

  • Support is needed in Front of House with meeting and greeting audience members.
  • Helping with Box Office staff to ensure audiences enter the performance on time.
  • Stewarding i.e. answer queries from the general public.
  • A runner task for a show is also required.
  • Assisting with family workshops and activities

Ideally we would like to have the same strong team work for each event and show run. We will be offering the work in this manner so that it benefits both you and us. It benefits us because we know we can rely on you! It benefits you because you get to experience and understand how an event can develop over time, as well as build a strong sense of teamwork amongst the group- who knows who you might meet to work with again in the future amongst your volunteer group?

Person specification

  • Ideally have a passion or interest in event management, crowd control, dance and the arts. (You don’t have to be interested in all four!)
  • Reliable and committed to each task
  • Good at communicating with colleagues and the public
  • Punctual and accountable when on shift
  • The ability to work as part of a team but also independent at the same time.
  • Good sense of humour

Volunteer Benefits

  • Receive £5 towards expenses for each shift undertaken
  • Receive at least one complimentary ticket to a show
  • Have access to any other discounted tickets during the festival where available on a first come first served basis.

All volunteers are required to attend a briefing on Monday 2nd October, 6.00-7.30pm at Somerset House.

How to Apply

Please complete the downloadable Registration Form, Availability Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and e-mail them to Liyah at  by 5pm Friday 22nd September 2017.

Good luck and we look forward to having you on board!