Dancers' Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for over 40 years. We help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.

DCD is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition

Dancers' Career Development proudly presents:

Dancers' Career Development is thrilled to share with you the release of ‘A Dancer's Journey’ - a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Featuring the beautiful Eve Mutso, DCD supported dancer and former Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, and written and directed by the visionary Emma Flett, former dancer and film maker.

Find out more about the making of the film and film premiere here.

Latest news:

Read all our latest news in our May newsletter!

DCD Launches New Career Insights Programme

For the first time ever, DCD will be offering a tailored programme which will give dancers across the UK the opportunity to experience a working environment outside of the studio.

Apply now to explore new possibilities and get a clearer idea about your next step in transitioning into a post-performance career within a safe and supportive environment.

The programme will offer dancers paid placements in a range of companies to gain practical experience in a variety of different working environments.

We’re delighted to launch the first year of this pilot programme together with successful companies founded by DCD supported dancers including Muscat Bridal, Bloomsbury Flowers, Sleek Technique, RiRi Productions, Everybody Ballet, JL Productions and Mercurial Dance. We are developing our partnerships to also include creative global brands and FTSE 100 companies in future.

"Giving dancers an experience of a new working environment will provide an exciting opportunity for those embarking on transition to explore other career options". Kevin Muscat, Designer and Founder Muscat Bridal

Click here to find out more and apply!

Applications are open now and close at 5pm on 12 July.

What can you offer professional dancers in transition?

An hour of your time to informally discuss your career field?

The opportunity for a dancer to spend some time with you at your place of work to gain practical experience outside of the studio?

We would love to hear from you! If you would like to be a part of DCD's Career Insights Programme, please be in touch with Simone at

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Stephen Berkeley White

Want to join the DCD team?

DCD are looking to recruit two exceptional individuals to join our team.


The Administrator will be responsible for providing efficient administrative support throughout all areas of Dancers’ Career Development and ensure the smooth running of the DCD Transition Centre. Working within a small team this post is a hands-on role, and would suit someone who is self-motivating and eager to make new things happen.

Fundraising Officer:

The Fundraising Officer is a new post within DCD’s core team. This individual will lead on all aspects of income generation for the charity; maximising DCD’s income through the maintenance and development of a diverse range of funding pools, including managing DCD’s new Patron Scheme. The post-holder will communicate an inspiring fundraising narrative reflecting the strategic priorities, needs and motivations of both DCD and its supporters.

This post offers huge scope for being directly involved in shaping DCD’s Fundraising strategy moving forward.

Find out how to apply here.

  • Application deadline for both roles: 9am Monday 26th June 2017
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified on: Wednesday 28th June 2017
  • Interviews for both roles will be held: Friday 30th June 2017

New DCD Brenda Naylor Bursary Announced

We are delighted to announce that from 2017/18, DCD will be offering a new annual Brenda Naylor Award, of £2,000 that will be awarded to professional independent dancers pursuing a second career in a creative field, business management or marketing.

This prestigious bursary has been made possible by an extraordinary £37,441, which was raised for DCD through the sale of the works of the late Brenda Naylor, dance sculptor and artist, at an exhibition late last year.

Brenda Naylor is known for her beautiful bronzes and drawings, mainly of dancers.

In addition to the annual bursary, this legacy gift will go directly towards DCD’s work in supporting professional dancers in the UK to successfully transition into alternative careers after retiring from performance. We are incredibly grateful for her and her family’s generosity.

“It was Brenda’s wish that her art, created over many years, should go towards helping dancers move on to second careers following their life on stage. It is wonderful to see her life’s work become a part of so many dancers’ futures”. David Lade, Brenda Naylor's Nephew

Apply for the Brenda Naylor Bursary at our next application deadline. Please contact Ellen Chambers or Nancy Liiv to book in a one to one consultation prior to your application.

Pledging a legacy to DCD is an easy and impactful way of ensuring that we are able to support future generations of professional dancers.

Any gift, no matter what size, makes a real difference to the lives of dancers.

There is an opportunity to own one of these one of a kind pieces of art, with a few sculptures and drawings still available for sale. Visit Brenda Naylor’s website to find out more.

To find out how to leave a legacy for DCD, go to our website.

Visit Brenda Naylor Website

Photo credit: Sculptures images by RGB Digital Ltd. All pictures copyright The Executors of Brenda Naylor.

2017 SOLT Bursary Awarded

Congratulations to Nicky Griffiths, for being awarded the prestigious Society of London Theatre (SOLT) Bursary for Musical Theatre Dancers.

The bursary will go towards Nicky's retraining as a choreographer and movement director.

"You have the issue of how do I move on? It's a daunting task, and one I'm sure I'd have been unable to do without the support of the DCD...Thank you to all involved at the DCD, and to SOLT for awarding me this bursary". Nicky Griffiths, 2017 SOLT Bursary recipient

The bursary is awarded annually to one professional dancer who has contributed significantly to London's West End through his or her performance career, to retrain into professions that are directly linked with the creative industries and in particular London's thriving theatre sector.

Find out more about DCD retraining Grants and Special Bursaries.

Book Now for DCD Coaching

No matter what point you are in your career or transition, coaching can help you to find the clarity and confidence to move forward in your life.

DCD will be delivering coaching in Birmingham on 25 May. Book now!

We'll also next be coming to:

  • London on 22 May
  • Glasgow on 1 June
  • Leeds on 17 July

“It felt like it opened a giant door into the next chapter of my life, which will have an impact for years to come.” Sioda Martin, professional independent dancer, Birmingham

DCD's coaching sessions are:

  • Totally confidential
  • Available nationwide, to all professional dancers across the UK
  • £10 total dancer contribution per session (actual cost, subsidised by DCD, £100 per session).
  • Skype sessions available if you can’t reach us in person.

Not sure if coaching is right for you? Find out more here.

Dancers Pro Special Offer for DCD Supported Dancers

Get 3 months free membership to Dancers Pro, worth £45!

DCD has teamed up with Dancers Pro for this special offer for our network of DCD supported dancers.

To claim your discount, simply complete the Dancers Pro profile and email quoting the code DPDCD17.

Click here to sign up for free!

Photo credit: DancersPro

Help us reach our target!

DCD is raising funds to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional independent dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.

No donations too small or large! Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated.

Spread the word using #DCDBoundless.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate..

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Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449


Dancers’ Career Development, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered company number 10137622) and a registered charity (registered charity number 1168958). Registered office: Plouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU

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