Stopgap's diverse dancers and management staff sit in a circle in a company meeting

[Image description: Stopgap's diverse dancers and management staff are sitting in a circle on a bare wooden floor of a dance studio. There is roughly 25 people in the big circle, some of them are sitting on a chair, some staying on their wheelchairs but most are sitting on the floor]


Future Leaders – a new opportunity for Deaf, Disabled and neurodivergent mid-career arts professionals.

Stopgap wants to give aspiring Disabled leaders of tomorrow an opening to work with a broad spectrum of people; time to listen to differing perspectives and space to experiment in a safe and nurturing environment.

The programme will offer paid positions with the equivalent of one year’s work with the company. The successful applicants will be immersed in the company’s activities through the support of an experienced and inclusive mentor. We will be employing up to three Future Leaders in two cohorts (January 2024 and January 2025).

The Future Leaders Programme consists of roles within the following areas of interest:

  •     Choreography
  •     Producing and Project Management
  •     General Management
  •     Training and Advocacy

Working Hours: These will be flexible, part-time roles with the work pattern mutually agreed with each individual, but applicants must be able to commit to 22.5 hours a week minimum.

Salary: £25-27,000 dependent on experience (full time annual equivalent).

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th November by 10am.

Interviews will be held in person in Farnham on Tuesday 21st November.

To apply: Please download and read our Application Pack for more details about the opportunity and how to apply.


Our youth dance groups welcome volunteer dancers to support with facilitation and performances. If you have a desire to deepen your understanding of inclusivity, we would love to hear from you!

Work experience

Stopgap is always keen to support people who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts sector.

Throughout the year we are able to offer work placement opportunities free of charge to people that wish to gain insight into the running and organisation of a touring dance company. Placements are structured to include time in the office; studio observation; participation in professional class and the opportunity to experience the company’s extensive Creative Learning programme.

These placements can last for one day or a maximum of one month and offer individuals the chance to fulfil module requirements as well as being the starting point for further research and career development.

While these opportunities are unpaid we do our best to ensure that through gaining experience with us, alongside other training and further education, individuals will start to develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the arts sector.

If you are interested in spending time with Stopgap then please download our Work Placement Application Form from the button below. Please give at least six weeks notice prior to the time you wish to be on placement.

Please note that we receive a very high volume of requests and are unfortunately not able to offer placement opportunities to every applicant. Stopgap is committed to ensuring that our work placement opportunities are accessible to people of all backgrounds and abilities.