Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary – Graduate Dancer Position

10 Apr 2015

We are delighted to announce that Phoenix was one of forty organisations to be awarded Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary and the only one to create a dancer position.

The Graduate Dancer position is designed to enable dance graduates to gain the experience, confidence, maturity and skills that are required to work effectively and successfully within the professional contemporary dance world. It aims to bridge the gap between training and work. Participation in the activities of a professional company is a massive learning experience in itself. They will also have the support of an independent mentor to help the recipient of this position to gain a richer and deeper understanding of the professional ethos, the practice and the art form, and will provide them with the quality of guidance required for them to begin to reflect upon themselves as dance artists.

“This talent development initiative will identify gifted recent graduates who would otherwise not be in a financial position to work for free in order to get a foot on the competitive career ladder in the arts. With unpaid internships or work experience still a major barrier to securing the diversity and vibrancy of our future arts workforce, the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme will champion new voices. It will promote the potential for positive change through sharing evidence of best practice in recruitment and talent development.  

Kate Danielson, Programme Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 



GRADUATE DANCER  funded by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

Phoenix Dance Theatre is recruiting a recent dance graduate to undertake a  one year paid training position, beginning in August 2015. Strict eligibilty criteria applies.


  • have received a full maintenance grant during the full period of their course and be able to verify it with the necessary paperwork
  • have graduated since summer 2013, from a first degree (ie a BA or an NVQ 6, or MA if from a Scottish university) in the UK
  • have achieved a 2:2 degree or above
  • be a full-time resident in the UK.

The audition will be held on 22 July in Leeds. Audition is by invitation only.

The application form & further details will be available by the 10th.

To apply download the application form and email with the evidence of criteria to:



Deadline for applications is 5.30pm,Friday 10 July.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

To apply, please download the application form, eligibility criteria and job description available on the Vacancies page.