CMA Internship Opportunity

The Centre of Movement Arts is hiring two interns to join the 2023 London Dance Festival team. This is a short-term, temporary contract (with the possibility of more work in the future) compensated with a flat-rate honorarium.

Please Note: Interns are not prohibited from performing in the festival (so please apply if you’d like to perform!)

Who we are
The Centre of Movement Arts (CMA) is a non-profit supporting dance in the Forest City. Led by Executive Director Elizabeth Varty, the CMA creates opportunities for Londoners to deepen the experience of living through movement and dance. The CMA proudly presents the annual London Dance Festival (LDF) each summer, connecting audiences and participants with talented dance artists from London and beyond. London Dance Festival is the CMA’s signature annual event, presenting local, provincial and national artists showcasing diverse perspectives in dance. The CMA and LDF endeavour to increase awareness and appreciation of dance in London through accessible performances, workshops, and community events while developing the infrastructure and leadership to sustain a vibrant local dance community. The 2023 Dance Festival will take place June 30-July 2. Learn more on our websites and social media channels @ldndancefest.

Who we are looking for
You’re passionate about dance and want to support the growth of London’s dance community. You have thoughts and ideas about the future of dance in London and want to learn how to make them happen. You may be a dance artist or participate in other performing arts. You are committed to ensuring equity and willing to try new things. You are an organized self-starter who can work independently. You can work remotely with online applications and are willing to learn what you don’t know. Ideally you have experience with Google workspace, Canva, Hootsuite, Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp, and Zoom.

We encourage applications from the equity-deserving priority groups identified by the London Arts Council, including Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+, Low-income, Newcomers, People of Colour, Persons with Disabilities, Older Adults 65+, Youth 18-24

What we’re offering
You will work alongside Director Bizz Varty and other festival staff to prepare and present the 2023 London Dance Festival. This will include general administrative work, preparing & distributing marketing, volunteer & sponsorship coordination, program planning, booking & scheduling, and live event coordination. You’ll be trained in new skills as needed and will learn about nonprofit arts organizations in general and the London dance community in particular, as well as arts funding, nonprofit boards, event planning, marketing, sponsorship, festivals & live outdoor performance.

You MUST be available June 30 and/or July 2. Interns will meet with Bizz weekly in person and/or via Zoom leading up to the Festival. 

Interns will be assigned approximately 35 hours of work as follows, and a $500 honorarium, including:

  • Remote work: 15+ hours (2-3/week) for 6 weeks (May 16-June 26 – meetings with Bizz will take place on weekends or Tue/Wed eves)  
  • In-person work: 20+ hours during Festival week (June 27-July 2, but mostly June 30 & July 2 – specific hours to be determined closer to festival)

The CMA abides by all applicable employment legislation, including but not limited to the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code, including having policies and procedures in place to ensure a work environment where all workers are treated with respect and dignity and where workplace sexual violence and harassment are not tolerated.

To apply please send the following to

  • a brief description of why you’d be a great fit for our organization (100- 250 words)
  • confirmation that you are available on the mandatory dates listed above 
  • a note regarding whether you plan to perform in this year’s festival 
  • your resume or CV

Accessibility & Accommodation
Do you have any access needs? Our organization has limited resources but would like to support in the ways that we can. The preparation part of the job can be done indoors and in writing, from home and at accessible public spaces (like the library). The festival weekend portion will require in-person attendance at outdoor events on Dundas Place and in Ivey Park. We may be able to accommodate low-vision and ASL needs with the help of our volunteers. In Ivey Park, interns will need to be able to move across grassy surfaces for a distance of about 5-10 meters. The grass area is relatively flat (no hills) but may be wet.