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.
The maximum working day should be 10 hours.
Class should be included by management within working hours. Class should be at least an hour in duration.
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.
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 £471 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 should be made by cheque or BACS at the end of the working week.
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.
Daytime travel on tour counts toward working time and cannot be categorised as a rest period.
Employers should provide dancers with clean, comfortable and safe accommodation whilst staying away from home.
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 should be correctly installed, sprung and safe.
Studio and performance spaces should be well ventilated, clean, warm and dry. Adequate showers and hot water should be provided.
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.