Senior Dance Tutor (School of Musical Theatre)

Department School of Musical Theatre
Reports to Head of Dance
Hours Full Time

ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (permanent and visiting) and volunteers to share this commitment; all staff are required to undergo background checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 regulations and to hold an enhanced DBS.

Background to ArtsEd

ArtsEd originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one founded in 1922 by Olive Ripman. These two educational pioneers believed passionately in the value of combining a general academic education with specialised training in dance, drama, music and art. They were committed to preparing young people for professional careers in or related to the theatre.  In 1939, Grace and Olive joined forces to create the Cone Ripman School, subsequently named the Arts Educational Schools. Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin drew almost exclusively on ArtsEd students to help them create their revolutionary company London Festival Ballet, which eventually became the English National Ballet. Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey became Director of the Schools in the 1960s. ArtsEd continued to innovate, introducing both professional acting and musical theatre courses and in I986 moved to its present home in Chiswick.  In 2007, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber became President, heralding an auspicious new era for ArtsEd.  The School of Musical Theatre and School of Acting offer full-time BA and MA courses. Our Musical Theatre course is recognised as the best in the UK, while the Acting course is praised for its innovative 50:50 split between stage and screen acting.  Our outstanding record of graduate success sees nearly every one of our Musical Theatre graduates and over three-quarters of our Acting graduates make their professional debuts within six months of graduating.

Summary of the Role

This post is a senior post within the School of Musical Theatre at 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 world-leader in professional Musical Theatre training. The School of Musical Theatre currently offers a BA (Hons) and Cert HE in Musical Theatre which are validated by City, University of London. The current intake is 54 BA (Hons) & 30 Foundation students per year, with some funding via the Dance and Drama Awards scheme.

Key Responsibilities  as Head of Year

  • Year Head responsibilities (specific year is TBC) and further pastoral responsibilities within the personal tutor system at ArtsEd.
  • Undertake tutorials within the personal tutor scheme.
  • To liaise with year 1, year 2 and year 3 tutors.
  • To be a member of the School of Musical Theatre Executive Team.
  • Become a Safeguarding and Welfare Officer with the full Executive team and attend weekly Executive Team meetings and Safeguarding and Welfare Meetings.
  • Monitor and assess weekly tutorial forms.
  • Monitor student attendance.
  • Have weekly meetings with the Head of Dance.
  • Advise the MT Exec on specific Year group Student causes for concern through the weekly Welfare meeting and through the Student Case Management online tool.
  • Monitor and assess the health of students with reference to their ability to perform and train in consultation with the on-site physiotherapist.
  • Take part and support dance auditions for the selection of new students.
  • Undertake such reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time by the Director of the School of Musical Theatre and the Head of Dance

Key Responsibilities  as Dance Tutor

  • To ensure the efficient, safe and effective provision of high-quality dance training. With the Head of Dance, look to continue to improve, deepen, develop and diversify the current dance training at ArtsEd.
  • Teach and have specialism in one or more of the following disciplines: Ballet, Jazz (inc. Matt Mattox), Tap, Pas De Deux, Contemporary and Commercial Dance to Musical Theatre Students across Years 1,2 and 3
  • To teach dance as per current timetable, currently:
  • 9 Matt Mattox based technical jazz classes for the first year MT students (approx. 13 ½ hours).
  • 2 dance classes for the Foundation musical theatre (approx. 3 hours).
  • Lead weekly dance auditions for the incoming cohort on the musical theatre course (approx. 2 hours).
  • Show Support for third-year productions.
  • Third Year Showcase Rehearsals as required.
  • 1x first year Song and Dance/Musical Theatre Skills Consolidation project. 1 x Foundation Musical Theatre Course Song and Dance project; First Year dance project choreographer/support choreographer.
  • With the Head of Dance, formulate and review plans for the delivery of the dance curriculum in advance of the academic year.
  • Maintain and develop links with the profession.
  • Assist the Head of Dance in the maintenance of discipline amongst the student body.
  • Undertake such reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time by the Head of Dance and the Director of the School of Musical Theatre.

All staff

  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring the safeguarding of all, 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 and advocate for the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, GDPR and health and safety 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.
Qualifications and Knowledge
A relevant Degree

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

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. (Desired, not essential).

Understanding of equality legislation

 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

Skills and abilities
 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

Personal competencies and qualities
Ability to work as part of a team

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.