Hi georgette and welcome to CriticalDance - we're really pleased you found us.
You raise a general issue about the difficulty of finding contemporary dance work in London and also your specific problem
now. On the latter point, I know dancers who look in various places, including Dance Europe: http://www.danceeurope.net/docs/JOB/JOB.SHTML
and Juice, produced by the Place: http://www.theplace.org.uk/create/professional_dev/juice.htm
Sorry if you already know these.
On the general point, my initial thoughts are that there are a number of major contemporary dance conservatoires in the UK, generating graduates each year looking for work in contemporary dance. Plus, London is a magnet for artists from all over the world, so there are plenty who come that way as well. In the annual Resolution! festival, there are around 85 young UK companies with several hundred dancers all looking for a way into the system. A high proportion of these will leave the performance sector for administration or whatever after 1 or 2 years. Even the most successful independent dancers tend to do other things as well, such as choreography or teaching in order to make ends meet. At the top of the pyramid, Random and Rambert offer their dancers full-time contracts, but even well-established companies such as Richard Alston's operate on 30-something week contracts, when I last enquired.
For the exceptionally talented and tenacious, there are success stories, but there is no doubt that it's a tough life and bar and building work jobs for men figure strongly in many dance careers.
In the USA, which doesnot have the levels of public funding seen in the UK, my impression is that life is even tougher and anumberof performers have parallel careers to pay the bills, rather than just casual jobs. But our US posters can expand on that theme.
Where are you from georgette and what training have you had?
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