Get Involved in the Network
We will be building a core group of dancers in the freelance and subsidised sector who will set our priorities and direct the work which the Network undertakes. If you want to see change in your industry and want to be involved with this, email Beth Doran on email@example.com or Nick Keegan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to support us, but don’t want to get so involved, sign up to be part of the Network. You can still be part in any actions we undertake and we’ll let you know of different ways you can get involved.
Know Your Rights
Knowledge is power and if you know your rights in the workplace, you are much stronger. This website gives information on employment rights, industry minimum standards, contract rights and copyright law.
Equity advises members on all these areas, so give us a call.
Talk to and Support Your Fellow Dancers
An important feature of this Network is to get dancers talking to each other about how things can improve.
What changes do you want to see in the industry?
If you sign up to the Network, and care about maintaining standards in the industry, it’s time to start talking about areas where everybody agrees that improvements must be made.
Even if you’re not working on an Equity contract, having an Equity Deputy in the workplace is a great idea. A Deputy is somebody who represents Equity in the workplace. It doesn’t have to mean sticking your neck on the line, but provides an important contact between groups of dancers and the union. They can seek guidance and ask advice on behalf of the cast, get union support and encourage union membership within the group which in turn makes you stronger.
Every dance company using Equity contracts has a Deputy and it makes a structured workplace. Call Equity if you want to do this in your workplace, as we will support you all the way.
Negotiate & Value Yourself
If you feel the terms you’re offered do not meet industry standards for pay or conditions, negotiate. It’s easier said than done, but the more people prepared to negotiate throughout the industry, the greater impact it will have. Fear of being replaced is widespread, but with more dancers willing to negotiate, the industry will be the better for it.
Negotiation is normal practice within the acting profession and in the acting industry managements expect to bargain on pay and conditions with individual artists. There’s no reason why this shouldn’t be the same in the dance profession.