Call Out for Parade Community Guardian

A large wheel is outdoors. There are four people on the left, three have their hands on the wheel. On the right, a person is climbing up the wheel. They are outdoors and there are people sat on the grass watching.

Autin Dance Theatre are seeking dance & movement community leaders (known as guardians) to support the community engagement associated with their touring work Parade – The Giant Wheel. Read all about their callout below:

Autin Dance Theatre is a collaborative ensemble of creatives who devise & produce aspirational, socially engaged & mass participatory movement projects regionally & internationally. For more information:

Parade-The Giant Wheel is a moving performance inspired by the beauty, power, and impact of people from different walks of life coming together, featuring a 12-foot tall Giant Wheel powered by 6 street artists and accompanied by music and a large community cast of local groups and individual performers.  More information about the piece: 

For the performance on Saturday 22 June 2024, we are working with partners: Appetite, Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District and The Philip Astley Projects CIC.

Community Guardian’s must be based in North Staffordshire.

We are seeking dance &/or movement leaders with experience in working within the local community to:

  • Support recruitment and engagement with local communities.
  • Co-Lead several dance and movement sessions with groups.
  • Work alongside support workers or interpreters where needed.
  • Support the liaison with participants alongside Autin Dance Theatre’s Education and Learning Manager.
  • Attend 4 days of training with Autin Dance Theatre in April (15th to 18th of April 2024 in Birmingham).
  • Support local participants in the community cast’s performances of Parade.
  • Advocate for the project locally.
  • Support evaluation and monitoring alongside the Autin Dance Theatre Team.

Parade Community Guardian Requirements:

  • Experience in leading dance/movement (physical theatre) workshops in the local community with a range of ages and abilities (for example in SEND schools, etc), with strong links in the local community.
  • An up-to-date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring certificate (DBS).
  • An engaging, fun, and motivational leadership style.
  • A high-level duty of care to your participants.
  • An appetite to engage with people not currently engaging in artistic or movement practices in your local area.
  • An appetite to spark positive change, growth and build relationships with partners in your local area, to support activities in the future (legacy).
  • Experience in working in inclusive practices – or a willingness to learn!

Not essential but desirable:

  • Performance experience.
  • First Aid Training.
  • Trained in Safeguarding Practices.
  • Extra language skills (BSL, other spoken languages).


*This is a paid opportunity. Daily fee, travel expenses, and accommodation will be provided by the company.  

Monday 15th – Thursday 18th April 

10am – 6pm 

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH 

Parade Community Guardians will be required to attend all training as listed above. Training will include movement material and practice around leading Parade workshops, communicating artistic vision and themes around the work, information on the actual performance and process of performance days, engaging communities, models of good inclusive practice, access training and practicalities of the project.

Community Workshops developed with and for groups you develop relationships with:

Timeframe: May – June

Between 6-10 full days of work (it may be 1-2 hour workshop, half day or full day depending on community group)


Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre

Saturday 22nd June 2024

Pay and expenses:

Flat fee of £1,175 to including

4 days of workshops with participants in Newcastle under Lyme TBC

4 days of training in Birmingham, 15-18th April 2024

1 show day on Sat 22nd June 2024 

Paid Expenses

Travel expenses to and from Birmingham. Accommodation for training in Birmingham

Reasonable extra expenses when needed.

Per diems £25 per day for training days and show day

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people of the global majority and other unrepresented groups, including those who identify as living with a disability. 

Deadline for applications:  

Friday 5th April 2024, 12pm (noon)

To apply:

Please email a short statement of interest (max. 250 words) or a short video/voice note (max. 3 mins) along with a CV including two references, & headshot (max. 3 mins) to by Friday 5th April.

If you would like any of this information in a different format or would like a chat about the role then please contact Kirsten at or on 07841530484.

Autin Dance Theatre logo in black.

In partnership with 

The Appetite logo in blue. Shows a circular design with a love heard shape inside. Appetite is written below the shape.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme BID logo in purple and lime green. On the left is a illustration of the Guildhall.
The image shows the Philip Asltey Project logo, in gold and purple. The logo is circular, with circular gold rings inside and the silhouette of a ringmaster inside.

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