Industry Minimum Standards

The law provides an absolute minimum basis of your rights at work.

However, there are certain standards higher than legal minimums which are recognised in the industry as being the least which dancers can expect in the workplace.

Working Hours

  • Daily Working Hours

The maximum working day should be 10 hours.

  • Class

Class should be included by management within working hours. Class should be at least an hour in duration.

  • Breaks

An hour break should be given between morning and afternoon sessions. A 15 minute break within a continuous three hour session of work should also be provided.

 

Pay

  • Minimum Fees

For funded-productions, producers should pay the relevant Equity minimum at the very least. Most subsidised dance producers will pay the ITC/Equity minimum of £458 a week (Please check here for all up-to-date rates https://www.itc-arts.org/rates-of-pay). Many dancers who are experienced within their field are likely to negotiate higher fees.

  • Payment

Payment should be made by cheque or BACS at the end of the working week.

 

Video Recordings

  • Recordings for Commercial Purposes

Any audio-visual recordings of rehearsals or productions, which are intended to be exploited in the future for commercial purposes, should be subject to an additionally negotiated fee.

 

Touring

  • Travel Days

Daytime travel on tour counts toward working time and cannot be categorised as a rest period.

  • Accommodation

Employers should provide dancers with clean, comfortable and safe accommodation whilst staying away from home.

  • Per diems

Per diems should be paid when dancers are on tour and away from the company base. These should be in line with the recommended ITC/Equity minima.

 

Studio and Performance Space Conditions

  • Dance Floors

Dance floors should be correctly installed, sprung and safe.

  • Environmental Conditions

Studio and performance spaces should be well ventilated, clean, warm and dry. Adequate showers and hot water should be provided.

  • Temperature

Temperature should not drop below 18.3° Celsuis (65° Farenheit). If conditions are very hot, management should make every effort to limit the effects of heat, for example by providing fans and cold water.