Dancer Auditions 2022

3 Nov 2022


We’re holding auditions for contemporary dancers with a strong classical foundation and performance experience to join the company from January – June 2023 to deliver our third co-production with Opera North.    

Reflecting the heritage of Phoenix Dance Theatre, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from Black, Asian and other global majority dancers who are interested in working in an open and collaborative environment.  

You will join at a pivotal time for the company as we come out of a period of strategic review and kickstart the next exciting chapter for Phoenix Dance Theatre. Whilst proudly honouring the past and building upon our 40-year legacy, our aim is for the company to grow and innovate, and to continue to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies. We will be recruiting a new permanent company of dancers when our new Artistic Director is in place, but this is an opportunity to work with us now on a truly fascinating production.   

You will work with multi-award-winning Guest Choreographer, and former Phoenix Artistic Director, Dane Hurst (a Dance Europe Critics’ Choice Director of the Year 2021-22) on the eagerly anticipated co-production of Requiem. Following on from acclaimed productions West Side Story: Symphonic Dances (choreo. Dane Hurst, 2021, Dance Europe Critics’ Choice Best Premiere 2021-22) and The Rite of Spring (choreo. Jeanguy Saintus, 2019), Requiem will be performed at Leeds Grand Theatre May/June 2023.

Phoenix Dance Theatre is committed to supporting the next generation of aspiring dancers, so as part of your role you will also support our acclaimed Access & Education programme by delivering repertoire workshops based on the work. In addition, you will support the company’s developing social media strategy in collaboration with the Communications department. Training will be provided where relevant.   


  • Employment dates will be 4 January 2023 to 9 June 2023 
  • Salary range is equivalent of £23,000 to £27,000 p/a dependent on experience 
  • As a PAYE team member you will be entitled to 12 days of annual leave and sickness absence support   
  • Other benefits include gym membership and an Employee Assistance Programme which is available for all staff 

  Application deadline: 5pm on 18 November 2022  

Audition dates: Auditions to be held in Leeds w/c 28 November 2022 

 If you have not heard from us by 25 November 2022 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.   

How to apply: 

  • Please submit your show reel   

Plus EITHER   

  • a CV (no longer than 2 A4 pages) OR   
  • a 2-minute video sharing details of your training and other relevant performance experience    

Applications should be sent to with “Dancer Application” in the subject line.    


For queries about access, or if you would like this information in an alternative format or large print, please email with ‘Access support’ in the subject line or call 0113 236 8130.   

If you are invited to audition we will ask you if you require any further support in relation to access and reasonable adjustments will be made to allow you to fully participate in the process.   

Please note: Phoenix Dance Theatre is proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidate regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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