Tavaziva Company Manager (maternity cover) starting June 2017- Extended Deadline!

Tavaziva is an acclaimed company touring work by its founder and artistic director, Zimbabwean-born, Bawren Tavaziva whose style uniquely synthesises African, ballet and contemporary dance.  Dynamic, bold, risk-taking and beautiful, the work is popular with venues and audiences.

Working in a small and busy team, the Company Manager is the first point of contact for all enquiries to the Company and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Company and its operations in accordance within the aims and objectives of Tavaziva, the logistics of the touring productions and the planned programmes and activities.

This year Tavaziva will be creating and touring a new production as well as delivering a range of learning and participation programmes.

If you are a highly organised arts manager with a systematic yet understanding approach to running a small and adventurous dance company, we want to hear from you.

Although this is intended as a full time position, Tavaziva is open to hearing from candidates with proposals for part-time working arrangements or with specific expertise suited to delivering areas of the role in a freelance capacity.


Appointment:  Full time, 12 month maternity cover contract

Salary:  £28,000 pa pro rata

Reporting to: Executive Director and Artistic Director

Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus bank holidays per year

Office hours: 10am-6pm. Evening and weekend work may be required at times. Overtime is not paid but discretionary TOIL is offered.

Location: bbodance, Ensign House, Battersea Reach Juniper Drive, London SW18 1TA


Details: For Job Description and further information Click here

To apply: Please email your recent CV (not more than 2 pages) and a cover letter (not more than 1 page) describing your relevant experience and what you will bring to the job. Please clearly mark your application COMPANY MANAGER.

Send to: beth.cinamon@tavazivadance.com

Closing date: 5:00pm on Thursday 6 April 2017

Interviews: Monday 10 April 2017 (you will be notified on Friday 7 April if selected)

Start date of appointment: Some handover dates in May with start date early June


Tavaziva is moving office

Tavaziva is moving office on Monday 6 February 2017

Our new address will be:

Tavaziva, c/o bbo

Ensign House
Battersea Reach
Juniper Drive
London SW18 1TA

We will also have a new number:

020 8237 7010



Tavaziva T-shirts and Africarmen CDs Christmas Offer!

Looking for a unique present for the dance lovers in your life this Christmas?

Take advantage of our special offer on our NEW long-sleeved t-shirt tops and CDs of the stunning Africarmen soundtrack!














Prices include UK Postage & Packing

CD: £6

Long Sleeved T-shirt: £15

CD and T-shirt: £18

Email chloe.seddon@tavazivadance.com to order yours today!

Please order by 5pm Friday 16th December for Christmas delivery.



The long-sleeve t-shirt tops are perfect for layering up in class or rehearsals!

Available in unisex sizes small, medium or large (please indicate sizes when ordering)


Africarmen CD

Composed and arranged by Fayyaz Virji, this is the powerfully vibrant, specially-commissioned soundtrack of Tavaziva’s production Africarmen.

The music vividly and dynamically evokes an exciting fusion of intoxicating rhythms and melodies, capturing the emotion and fiery passion of the Carmen story




Seeking male dance teachers

Tavaziva is seeking freelance male dance teachers to deliver workshops and projects

Tuesday 6 December with a recall and paid training session on Thursday 8 December 2016 in London.

Deadline to apply is 12noon on Monday 28th November 2016.


Tavaziva is looking for male dance artists with experience in teaching children and young people. You will need an enthusiastic and positive approach to delivering high quality dance workshops, be skilled at teaching dance and have an open mind to fusing dance styles and music.

Tavaziva is an acclaimed contemporary-African touring dance company led by Zimbabwean-born Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva. Bawren fuses his contemporary and ballet training with traditional African dance styles and Capoeira/African Street to create his own unique dance vocabulary. Our Learning and Participation programme includes ZIVA Youth, our boys dance project.

Bawren Tavaziva and Jeanefer Jean-Charles of Tomorrow’s Men will lead an audition and interview process. Further information is available on request.

This is a freelance position. Work will be allocated based on availability once workshop bookings are confirmed. For more details please contact Kathleen Murphy.

A DBS certificate will be required for this role. Tavaziva will apply for DBS certificates for successful applicants.

To apply, please choose whichever form of application is most accessible for you:

  • CV and cover letter (max. 1 page)
  • Video recording of your application
  • Letter of recommendation


Please also include any relevant links and a recent photograph of yourself.

Send your application by Monday 28 November no later than 12noon to Kathleen Murphy – Learning and Participation Manager:  kathleen.murphy@tavazivadance.com

Successful applicants will need to be available for the recall and training session on Thursday 8 December 2016.

Tavaziva is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all. Please let us know of any access requirements on application.


Join us for a intensive two-day professional programme of classes and choreography with Bawren Tavaziva.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May, 10am-6pm

Venue: The Place WC1H 9PY

Cost: £80 (early bird £65 before 6 May 2016)

Prepare for a physically demanding but highly enjoyable experience. Classes will include Ballet, Contemporary and Zimbabwean dance styles Jerusarema, Mhande and The Dinhe.

Suitable for professional dancers or those in training.

Places are limited so book early!

Click here for more details

Photo & Logo








Photo: Dillionrose.com

ZIVA Youth Upcoming Performances

Ziva dress rehearsal
Performing a new work choreographed by company dancers Anna Watkins and Lisa Rowley with music composed by Artistic Director, Bawren Tavaziva. Come and see our youth company perform!

Saturday 16th April 2016, 7.30pm
Lift Off Dance Festival
Southhill Park, Bracknell
Click here for more details

Tuesday 19th April 2016, 6.45pm & 8.30pm
Leyton Orient (Football Stadium)
Leyton Orient FC v Plymouth Argyle FC
Click here for more details

Photo: Anna Watkins, Dancer: Deena Smith

Exciting Opportunity with Ziva Youth Dance









Are you aged 14-19? Do you want to try something different and have the opportunity to perform at a festival and football stadium this Easter?

Ziva Youth dance is offering young people the chance to work with Tavaziva’s professional dancers to create a unique African-Contemporary dance piece to be performed at Lift Off Dance Festival and Leyton Orient Football stadium this April.



Thursday 7 & Friday 8 April 

10:00-15:00 – Two-day creation workshop

London Contemporary Dance School, Kings Cross WC1H 9PY


Monday 11 April 

17:15-18:45 – Rehearsal

Leyton Sixth Form College, E10 6EQ


Saturday 16 April

 All day- Performance Lift Off Dance Festival

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell RG12 7PA (transport from London will be provided)


Monday 18 April 

17:15-18:45 – Rehearsal

Leyton Sixth Form College, E10 6EQ


Tuesday 19 April 

17:30-20:30- Performance at Leyton Orient FC

Leyton Orient FC E10 5NF (with FREE tickets to the match)


FREE to participate! No prior dance experience is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE:  You MUST be able to attend ALL rehearsals and both performances to take part.

Email Kathleen.Murphy@tavazivadance.com  to book your place!


Artists Development Day

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Siobhan Davies Dance StudiosLondon SE1 6ER

Tavaziva’s Artist Development Day will include two sessions; safer dance practice in a teaching setting, and how to create and deliver workshops around a touring production.

Cost: £30

Booking essential, please email Kathleen.Murphy@tavazivadance.com  to reserve your place.

Suitable for professionals or dancers in post-graduate training.


9am-12pm: Erin Sanchez, One Dance UK

This session will provide an introduction to key aspects of dance medicine and science in practice. During the session, we will cover:

  • Adaptation and safe practice for teaching adolescents, children, and elderly populations
  • Best practice regarding physiological and psychological aspects of dance participation (including key information on environment, sequencing and progression of movements, warm up and cool down and rest)
  • An overview of common dance injuries, injury care specific to dance and return to dance after injury.
  • Dance UK’s information sheet about First Aid for Dance will also be reviewed and discussed.


1pm-4pm: Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a Choreographer, Mass Movement Director and Creative Consultant with over 30 years’ experience of devising, creating, facilitating and directing dance and movement for performance. This session will explore how to create and deliver both one-off workshops and intensive workshop residencies.

Using Tavaziva’s production Africarmen as a starting point it will explore:

  • How to structure workshops to reflect a company’s work.
  • How to approach the themes and issues in a production, making them accessible and adaptable for different workshop groups.
  • Working with participants with different levels of dance experience and mixed abilities
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