Work Experience

The Place offers work experience opportunities for students aged 15-18 years. We are able to offer a place to young people who show they have an interest in dance and seek a career in the art form.

We are now accepting applications for the month of June 2018, if you would like to be considered for a placement then please send us your application with a proposed week in that month. The deadline for applications will be Thu 17 May 2018.

We are only able to offer places during the months of February, March, May, June, October and November.


During your week here you will have the opportunity to work and visit the different departments and gain an insight into how a dance organisation works. There may be an opportunity to view a technical rehearsal of a professional company, to view performances in the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, to work in the Costume department, to view the Richard Alston Dance Company rehearsing and to take part in class (the latter dependent on age and ability).

You may be required to work unsociable hours that exceed the hours of 9am - 5pm or on Saturday morning. This is so you get the most out of your placement and experience a range of our activities.

"My week of work experience at The Place was absolutely brilliant! Everybody was really friendly, and made the whole week extremely enjoyable. One aspect that I found the most interesting was the chance to look at other areas or other jobs to do with dance, which I hadn't really thought about before, or that I didn't even know existed. Having taken classes at the place for nearly two years, it was interesting to hear and look at many other areas of The Place, through talking to different people throughout the week. Watching classes from both the school and the company was incredible, and certainly a highlight of the week. My experience from the week, as a whole, has certainly made me excited for any career that I might have in contemporary dance, whether it is on or off stage." Barnaby Booth, Year 12 Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Read Kaitland Baker's blog post on her work experience in October 2017

Read Niamh Abraham's blog post on her work experience in October 2017

Read Hope Eyre's blog post on her work experience in March 2017

How to apply

Anyone interested in work experience at The Place must fill in the application form that can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

Return the completed application to work.experience@theplace.org.uk as soon as possible in advance of the deadline. When we receive your application you will be asked to arrange a reference letter from either your school, parent or dance teacher, depending on the circumstances of the work experience. Once supporting document is received, your application will be processed as quickly as possible and you will be contacted 4-6 weeks before your requested dates if successful. 

Unfortunately, because of the amount of interest we regularly receive, we cannot offer places to all applicants. Please be aware that we do not offer places in advance, we only accept applications for the month we advertise on our website so do check this before sending us your application.  

Places will only be considered once completed application forms and supporting documents are returned to us. 
We look forward to hearing from you soon. Good luck!