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General Call Out for Professional Guest Dance Artists with their Pre-school Children

Wednesday February 1st 2023Share page

balletLORENT’s Rapunzel and Rapunzel After Dark UK Tour 2023-24

balletLORENT will present Rapunzel, our latest dance theatre production for families, and Rapunzel After Dark for adult audiences at theatres across the UK in 2023-24. Both shows features balletLORENT’s dancers performing alongside a guest professional cast of local dance artists performing with their pre-school child. Local school children will also appear in Rapunzel.

We are seeking regionally based professional dancers to join the cast in each venue with their pre-school (0-4yrs) child, and perform in two scenes in the first half of the shows. This project aims to support dance artists who are new parents, looking for opportunity to return to professional practice. 

We will be announcing call outs for dancers and their pre-school children for each venue throughout the touring period, with information on how to apply to join casting workshops. 

To apply, please send a short CV/Showreel with a Cover Email / Video Intro to James MacGillivray, Education and Projects Manager: Email / Whatsapp or call 07308 160 383

Please contact James to be informed of future dates for the local casting workshops. 

You can watch a trailer of Rapunzel here:

And learn more about the involvement of parent artists and their children here:


Our next casting workshops will take place: 

Leeds – 24 February 2023 (Deadline to apply – 13 February 2023)

Darlington – 6 March 2023 (Deadline to apply – 28 February 2023)

A fee of £50 will be paid to those invited to, and attending our Casting Workshops.


Leeds –  1 April 3.30pm-5.00pm & 2 April 2.00pm- 3.30pm at Leeds Playhouse (Times TBC)

Darlington – 6 May 3.30pm-5.00pm & 7 May 2.00pm- 3.30pm



Leeds – 4-6 April 2023 (Rapunzel)

Darlington – 16-18 May 2023 (Rapunzel and Rapunzel After Dark)

A fee of £500 is available for guest artists who complete all the rehearsal and performances. 

See below for more information and dates for Leeds and Darlington. 


Further tour dates in 23-24 are planned to include: Doncaster; Derby; Hull; Aberdeen; Kirkcaldy

One of our Supporting Partners on this project is Dance Mama, whose aim is to advocate and celebrate professional dancing parents, highlighting the issues that they face and providing inspiration, information and connection. To support you on your journey as a dancing parent, take a look at their award-winning professional development programme, Dance Mama Live, which provides online workshops, webinars and a community of other, like-minded dancing parents (£40 January offer available at present). For more visit:

We are a PiPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) partner. PiPA enables and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce.

More information for Leeds and Darlington: 

Casting Workshops

Leeds – 24 February 2023 (Deadline to apply – 13 February 2023)

Darlington – 6 March 2023 (Deadline to apply – 28 February 2023)

A fee of £50 will be paid to those invited to, and attending the casting workshop. At the workshop, we will:

  • look for dance artists with a natural performance ability who would be comfortable moving and dancing with their young child. 
  • set choreographic material, and ask you to work with some of our dancers. 
  • describe the scenes in more detail, including use of props. 
  • not be expecting or asking for any particular level of technical dance ability – the work requires performers who are uninhibited, creative, able to embody character, and who are comfortable to engage their young child in a safe and creative environment. 

Following this workshop, three artists will be invited with their children to join the cast in rehearsals, and the performances in their region.

Leeds (Times TBC):

Rehearsals at Leeds Playhouse: 1 April 3.30pm-5.00pm & 2 April 2.00pm- 3.30pm 

Technical and dress rehearsals, and performances at Leeds Playhouse 

4 April 2023 – rehearsal 5.30-8.15pm

5 April 2023 – 12.00pm-2.00pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm (performance 6.30pm) 

6 April 2023 – 1.00pm-4.00pm (performance 2.00pm) 


Darlington (Times TBC):

Rehearsals at Darlington Hippodrome: 6 May 3.30pm-5.00pm & 7 May 2.00pm- 3.30pm  

Technical and dress rehearsals, and performances at Darlington Hippodrome 

16 May 2023 – rehearsal 5.30pm-8.15pm

17 May 2023 – 12.00pm-3.30pm / 5.00pm-9.00pm (performance 8.00pm)

18 May 2023 – 12.00-8.00pm (performance 6.00pm) 


A total fee of £500 is available for guest artists who complete all the rehearsal and performances. If you are not able to complete all dates due to childcare/other commitments, we may consider sharing roles with other artists, and the fee will be pro-rated. Fee payable on receipt of an invoice at the end of the project. Guest Artists will be responsible for their own tax and NI contributions. Fees include holiday pay. Please contact us if you require support for travel expenses as we may be able to subsidise some costs.  

We are an equal opportunities employer, and a Parents and Carers in Performing Arts Charter Partner. We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds, and will endeavour to support those with caring responsibilities. 

balletLORENT will apply for Child Performance Licenses from the local authority for the children involved, and will provide paperwork to parents to be completed.