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Welcome to Equity's dance area

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Equity is the only trade union providing support for dancers and choreographers. We offer free legal help, insurance cover and advice on contracts.

Equity represents individual dancers when they experience difficulties at work such as breach of contract claims or workplace injuries. You do not have to be working on an Equity contract as a dancer to ask for our help.

We have intervened in numerous cases on behalf of our members for non payment and been successful in ensuring that they have been paid the money due to them.

Legal costs can be very expensive and being a member of Equity means that these are all paid for you.

Insurance cover
All Equity members are automatically covered, at no extra cost, by our Public Liability Insurance policy with a maximum cover of £10million. This covers our members for performing, choreographing and teaching the performing arts.

Dancer and choreographer members can also purchase a special top-up insurance to provide rapid access to MRI scans in the event of an injury. This costs just £10.50 a year.
Additionally, our members are also covered by an accident insurance policy which pays out in the event of an workplace injury at that leaves you unable to work.

Contract advice
Equity negotiates contracts for choreographers in the West End, commercial, independent and subsidised theatre, opera and ballet companies and major broadcasters.

Our members determine what we negotiate for, and it is through the power of us working together as one that ensures that the terms and conditions constantly improve.

Arlene Phillips


“For many of us, dance is our passion. Freedom of expression, creative exhilaration and sheer hard work. We live and breathe dance. But dance is also our work, and dancers and choreographers deserve to be treated and paid fairly, not exploited because we love our craft and enjoy sharing our talent with others. Equity, the performers’ union, is the only body in the UK which represents the professional interests of dancers. Whether you’re in ballet or contemporary dance, on a cruise ship, in a club, in a pop video or on stage, Equity is fighting for our rights. I have been an Equity member for all my professional life and would urge all dancers and choreographers to join me.” 

Arlene Phillips OBE, Choreographer

Find out more
For more information, contact Beth Doran on bdoran@equity.org.uk or 020 7670 0234.