Head of Dance (School of Musical Theatre)

Department School of Musical Theatre
Reports To Director of the School of Musical Theatre
Working Pattern Full Time

ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Summary of the role


This post is one of the most senior appointments within ArtsEd, one of Britain’s leading drama schools. We are committed to changing the way that performers are trained for the modern industry. The person appointed must have a balance of professional and teaching skills in order to ensure that ArtsEd remains a leader in the world of professional Musical Theatre training. The School of Musical Theatre currently offers a BA (Hons) and Cert HE which are validated by City, University of London. The current intake is 50 BA (Hons) & 30 Foundation students per year, with some funding via the Dance and Drama Awards scheme. There is also an active programme of outreach and short-course activity.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead on and ensure the efficient, safe and effective provision of high-quality Dance coaching in line with a world-class drama training in Musical Theatre
  • Look to continue to improve, deepen, develop and diversify the current dance training at ArtsEd.
  • To keep the course content current and forward thinking within an ever-changing industry.
  • Schedule Dance Assessments within the timetable.
  • Lead and manage dance tutors and their timetables
  • Lead and manage Head Pianist and their timetable
  • Ensure the curriculum and course structure matches the requirements of the Degree, the National Qualification, and the professional accrediting bodies
  • Monitor Student attendance
  • Teach in one or more of the following disciplines: Ballet, Jazz, Tap Pas De Deux, and Contemporary Dance to Musical Theatre Students across Years 1,2 and 3
  • Choreograph/Devise Year 1 Dance Projects in consultation with the Director of the School of Musical Theatre
  • Ensuring provision of additional learning support for Musical Theatre Students
  • Monitor and assess the physical health of students, in consultation with the in-house physio.
  • Take part in auditions for the selection of students
  • Manage, appraise and record the progress of students
  • With the Director of Musical Theatre, formulate and review plans for the delivery of the Dance curriculum in advance of the academic year.
  • Maintain and develop links with the musical theatre profession including individual artists and companies.
  • Support the maintenance of discipline amongst the student body
  • Undertake tutorials with 1st Years
  • Assist the Director of Musical Theatre with 1st Years career development
  • Assist the Director of Musical Theatre with casting 3rd Year Productions
  • Represent Musical Theatre School at performances, liaising with Casting Directors, Agents and industry personnel.
  • Carrying out annual appraisals of staff you line manage

Line management responsibility for 

Senior Dance Tutor, Head Pianist (Ballet), all Dance tutors (both employed and freelance visiting creatives), third year production choreographers (in consultation with Director of the School of Musical Theatre, who has the ultimate responsibility for staffing third year productions).

All Staff

  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.
  • You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as your line manager requires from time to time.


Person Specification

Qualities / Experience / Skills / Qualifications required to undertake the role effectively Method of assessment
Qualifications   A relevant degree

Specialist in at least one of the following disciplines: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pas De Deux, Contemporary Dance.



Production of the Applicant’s certificates

Discussion at interview

Independent verification of qualifications

Experience of: Teaching at BA level or higher

Working with students in a similar environment

Working in a professional capacity and using professional connections to develop students and provide opportunities

Contents of the application form


Professional references

Skills  Creativity and the ability to express yourself both orally and in writing

Persuasiveness and a willingness to take artistic risks

Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills

Self-motivation and the ability to motivate and inspire others

The ability to work as part of a team

Time management skills

An awareness and understanding of technical issues, the workings of a theatre and the process of performance and acting

The ability to develop innovative ideas and to solve problems creatively and practically

Organisational and research skills

Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and procedures

Contents of the application form


Professional references

Knowledge of: Requirements of the BA and Foundation Course Programmes from City, University of London, Trinity and CDMT.

Curriculum and course structure of the Degree, the National Qualification and the professional accrediting bodies.

 Understanding of equality legislation

Contents of the application form


Professional references

Personal competencies and qualities



 Ability to work as part of a team (this role sits at the Executive level at ArtsEd).

Motivation to work with young people

Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and Personal boundaries with young people

Emotional resilience

Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline

Commitment to continued professional development of both self and others

Commitment to the highest standards of behaviour in adherence with the staff code of conduct, and able to champion this amongst team members

Contents of the application form
InterviewProfessional references