Dance Ireland are looking for 3 Programme Curators

Dance Ireland: Programme Curators

Open Call for Expression of Interest

In a new and exciting development we are looking to engage three programme curators who will assist us in delivering aspects of our programme in the coming months. 
We are looking to work with creative, imaginative and highly motivated professionals eager to share their expertise, develop new learning & skills, and contribute to Dance Ireland’s work.

These are contract for service positions. We are open and receptive to new and novel proposals. In particular we are interested in hearing from independent dance artists who wish to expand their professional portfolio as well as established arts managers, independent performing arts producers and curators.Working in partnership with Dance Ireland, the programme curators will be responsible for the successful delivery of their project, within agreed parameters and within budget.

An ability to work independently, in partnership and as part of a small focused team is essential. The Programme Curators will report directly to the Chief Executive.

Dance Ireland is Ireland’s national dance development organisation. Our bold ambition is for dance to be valued and vibrantly, actively and confidently part of people’s lives. Achieving this, we believe, would ensure a sustainable future for dance in Ireland and a credible career for those committed to dance as a profession. We exist to make this happen.

We use all the opportunities of DanceHouse, our own expertise and connections alongside those of our national and international partners to create a programme of work that engages the public and supports the professional, crossing the boundaries of age, experience and genre. As such we enable the development of dance as an art-form, as an activity to be accessed and enjoyed, as well as working to progress professional practice.

Programme Curator Profiles

We are looking for three creative programme curators, to research, design and deliver the following projects:

Outside the Studio (September to December 2018)

Outside the Studio is focused on developing entrepreneurial skills in dance artists by harnessing their innate creativity and directing it towards the business side of their practice. Previous Outside the Studio have focused on areas as diverse as communications, financial management, taxation and marketing among others. The aims are to equip practitioners with the necessary skills that contribute and enhance their practice. We are committed to developing partnerships and actively seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.

We are seeking a curator to programme a series of targeted skills enhancing and bespoke learning opportunities, in DanceHouse and nationally for dance artists.


Healthier Dancer Days (30 & 31 October 2018)

With a focus on the muscular, nutritional, mental and emotional health and well-being of dancers and performers, Healthier Dancer Days is aimed at professionals, teachers and students, combining an engaging programme of practical and theoretical learning.
This is a growing area of interest for us and is complemented by our Weekly Wellness Classes and our partnership on the Dance & Health Professional Development project.

We are seeking a curator, with an interest and some experience in dance, and health & well-being, to programme this two day event in DanceHouse.

Professional morning classes and workshops at DanceHouse (2019)

Providing opportunities for all dancers to maintain their practice is at the heart of our programme. We are committed to continuing professional development training (CDP) for all professional dancers and our morning class programme alternates between ballet, contemporary dance genres, and complementary practices. Classes and workshops are offered in week-long teaching blocks led by experienced national teachers and international guest teachers.

We are seeking an experienced dance professional/curator to programme the first six months of morning classes and guest teaching weeks in DanceHouse.

Terms & Conditions

  • These are contract for services.   
  • Fee: €2000 per contract plus (vouched & receipted) expenses will be covered.
  • Start date: on a phased basis from July onwards.
  • Flexible working schedule; due to the contract and creative nature of the work, we are open to flexible working arrangements.
  • Curators can be periodically based in DanceHouse or off-site.
  • A mutually agreed schedule and agreed contract will be central to each successful project.
  • Dance Ireland adheres to the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. All contract workers are subject to Dance Ireland operating policies and procedures.   

The closing date for receipt of Expression of Interests is 12noon on Friday 15 June 2018.

How to Apply

Please forward, by email an Expression of Interest proposal accompanied by your CV (all in one attachment) to Paul Johnson, Chief Executive,, (with Programme Curator EOI in the subject line) by the deadline.   

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