Role: Costume designer/fitter

For Being Seen, a newly commissioned dance work with Contact Dance Company, directed by Jo Fong, produced by Shropshire Inclusive Dance.


Contact Dance Company under the direction of Shropshire inclusive Dance (SiD) premier their new contemporary dance piece Being Seen at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Saturday 20thJuly 2019 choreographed by Jo Fong.

SiD is looking for a costume designer/fitter to join our small production team for the next exciting stage of our development.

Who we are

SiD is a company committed to inclusive dance practice.

Since 2012 we have delivered distinct, exemplary and creative driven dance projects, weekly classes and workshops, which facilitate individuals creativity, inclusion and community cohesion.

SiD is co-directed by Rachel Liggitt and Ray Jacobs who are experienced practitioners in producing distinctive inclusive dance performance and facilitating projects throughout the community. They create, facilitate and share work with many organisations and festivals, nationally and internationally.

Contact Dance is an inclusive company directed and managed by SiD. Contact Dance aims to create powerful and distinctive dance performance and support its company of disabled and non-disabled dancers in expressing themselves through the dance medium in a safe, supportive and creatively driven environment.

Key role and responsibilities

Source and purchase costumes for 8 dancers, under the direction of SiD Co-directors (Ray Jacobs and Rachel Liggitt) and Jo Fong, SiD commissioned choreographer. Ensure that the costume purchases are within the costume budget for the project.

Ensure high quality and well fitting costumes inline with the artistic vision of the work.

Ensuring correct fit, to enable the dancers full movement during their performances.

Fit costumes on the dancers.


  • Attending rehearsals
  • Meeting dancers
  • Discussing ideas with the SiD team
  • Researching suitable costume styles
  • Sketching costume ideas/design
  • Buying costumes
  • Fitting, altering and adapting costumes
  • Cleaning, ironing and mending costumes
  • Keeping costumes well presented
  • Work within a designated costume budget
  • Being present at dress/tech day and performance day

Key skills

  • Previous experience in costume design/production
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Design skill and knowledge
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Work under deadline pressure
  • Special interest/passion for performing arts/dance
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to translate the choreographers vision into reality.
  • Managing a small budget

Time commitment

Approximately 9 days in total. The making and rehearsal period runs from Mid June  to July 20th.

1 day – dress/tech rehearsal, Friday 19thJuly

1 day – performance day/evening, Saturday 20thJuly

1 day – meeting dancers/measuring (TBC)

6 days – researching, sourcing, adjusting, fitting, amending costumes and studio time (TBC)


Commission fee of £900 (fee inclusive of travel)

Work base   The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Expression of interest If you are interested in the commission please contact Ray Jacobs via email to directorsidance@gmail.comattaching your expression of interest and CV and putting “SiD costume designer” in subject box.

If we wish to take your expression of interest forward SiD will contact you to arrange an informal meeting.