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Are you an exceptional Chaperone? Do you have a passion for caring, supporting & inspiring children and young people? We have a fantastic opportunity to join our touring company delivering our innovative Nutcracker tour across venues in Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland this winter.

Join us from the autumn with rehearsals commencing in Glasgow as we embark on a journey to inspire audiences on stage and beyond, with a creative vision crafted by Scotland.

Who we are

Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company for over 50 years. Based in Glasgow, we perform regularly across Scotland, throughout the UK and internationally – promoting Scotland’s pioneering spirit far and wide. Under CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet presents bold, adventurous performances rooted in strong classical technique, usually accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The company’s broad repertoire includes new versions of the classics and ground-breaking commissions, both on stage and screen. We also run an extensive engagement programme, tailored to the needs of diverse communities, promoting confidence, fostering wellbeing, and encouraging creativity through dance.

Nutcracker is a traditional production of the Ballet and our largest production both in terms of scale and volume of child-performers. Delivered in line with the key objectives in Scottish Government’s ‘Getting it Right for Young Performers’ policy document and Local Authority Children in Performance Licences, the chaperone is a critical role in the promotion of the children’s safeguarding, wellbeing & support while in SB’s care.

Based in Glasgow, travel to venues across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland will be required.

About the role

We seek exceptional chaperones to join our touring company delivering on behalf of Scottish Ballet’s award-winning People & Wellbeing Department. Six roles are being recruited for in total, split with 3 across Glasgow and Edinburgh performances who would also tour onwards to Newcastle & Belfast. One of these three then going on to Aberdeen and Inverness where they would be joined by a further two chaperones in this location only.  It would be advantageous if one of the chaperones has a dance background, with an ability to learn & teach repertoire.

We are looking for experienced people with a genuine passion for inspiring children and young people and the confidence to ensure the accountabilities of the role are met. We welcome applications from applicants of all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities and we will respect cultural requirements for all chaperones selected.

Refer to the job description & chaperone pack for key dates, terms, essential experience & skills.

Freelance Chaperones: Scottish Ballet seeks to broaden the People & Wellbeing Department’s pool of freelance Chaperones. A successful interview will not be a guarantee of work – all upcoming 2021 tours are subject to Government guidance on Covid-19.

Fees: £500 for each full working week, £75 for each individual day of rehearsal called.

How to apply

It is an exciting time to join Scottish Ballet. Scottish Ballet has made a commitment to reflect the priorities & values outlined in our Child & Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy across the company. 

We especially welcome applications from people with lived experience of racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and bigotry, and applications from Gypsy Traveller communities. Click here for more information on how we are addressing Anti-Racism.

To apply please send:

  • a cover letter outlining your interest in the Edinburgh/Glasgow/Newcastle/Belfast venues or Aberdeen/Inverness venues only; detailing why you believe your skills, knowledge and experience are relevant to the role;
  • a copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • the names and contact details of at least two professional referees (these will only be contacted should you be offered the position).

If you need any additional support in order to access this application process, please do get in touch.

Deadline: 1pm Thursday 24 June 2021

Interviews: early-mid July 2021

Enquiries and applications to or for further information contact Erin Feeney on 0141 331 6250.