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

Image: DCD Supported Dancer Amber Hunt DCD supported Amber, a dancer with English National Ballet, in her career as a professional photographer.

Latest news:

Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson to run the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Dancers’ Career Development

On Sunday 26th April 2015 Christopher Hampson will join over 40,000 others running the historic 26.6 mile route around London raising money for professional dancers in the UK.

Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet, where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden, Concerto Grosso and The Nutcracker.

Christopher joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012.

As a keen Marathon runner, Christopher has completed two Edinburgh Marathons and has also participated in marathon events in Paris, Cape Town and Athens.

‘I am thrilled to be running in one of the most well-known marathons in the world on behalf of Dancers’ Career Development. The organisation has been a vital part of career transitioning for generations of dancers. I’m sure my colleagues at Scottish Ballet will be cheering me on, but now’s the time to ask all dancers, directors, choreographers and anybody connected to dance within the UK to dig deep and sponsor me to get to the finish line on April 26th, hopefully with a new PB of well under four hours!" Christopher Hampson

Find out more about how you can support Christopher to raise money for Dancers' Career Development here.

Tuesday 18th November 2014 - Annual visit to Scottish Ballet

The DCD team were welcomed to Scottish Ballet on Thursday 13th November, where we were joined by DCD retrained dancer Joanne Orr (formerly Bungay) who shared her story with the dancers of the company, particularly gaining a Master degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

"Wonderful presentation. Concise but informative. Genuinely interesting. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit us." Scottish Ballet dancer

"Relevant to all dancers in all stages of their career. Very friendly and approachable speakers." Scottish Ballet dancer

We were made to feel very welcome by everyone at Scottish Ballet - thank you!

Read feedback and see photographs from our Company Visits here.

Wednesday 12th November 2014 - Our latest newsletter is here

Read all of our latest news, including beneficiary news and our current projects here.

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Exceptional opportunity for financial support for contemporary dancers in November 2014

Dancers' Career Development supports dancers from all backgrounds and genres through our range of Transition Support Services.

In November 2014, we are delighted to offer an exceptional opportunity for dancers who have performed in the contemporary genre to gain additional support with their retraining costs.

Working in partnership with The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, applicants to the Independent Trust from a contemporary or classical background can apply for additional support for childcare and/or travel costs associated with undertaking their retraining.

In addition, thanks to The Nureyev Foundation, applicants to the Independent Trust can be considered for the Maude Lloyd and Rudolf Nureyev Bursary of £3,000, for an exceptional application from a contemporary dancer, and the Wallace Potts Bursary of £3,000, for a dancer who is retraining into the field of filmmaking.

Find out more here.

Wednesday 15th October 2014 - Read our latest case study from dancer turned Movement Director, Ingrid Mackinnon

"Be patient when trying to figure out what your next path will be. It’s OK to ask for help."

Read Ingrid's story here.

Tuesday 7th October 2014 - The latest DCD newsletter is here!

Read all about it! Bid for the DCD charity running place on the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, plus find out what happened at EVOLVE Leeds. Read the newsletter here.

Thursday 2nd October 2014 - Read our latest case study from dancer turned TV presenter, Delphine Gaborit

"Trust that when we want something, we can find a way to make it happen."

Read Delphine's story here.

Monday 29th September 2014 - EVOLVE Workshop for professional dancers takes place in Leeds

DCD's EVOLVE Workshop for professional dancers visited Leeds for the very first time on Monday 29th September in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, Northern Ballet.

Photo: DCD retrained dancer Tim Cross

The full-day workshop allowed professional dancers and final year dance students to discover their potential, unlock new possibilities and explore pathways in a safe and energised environment.

Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and former Northern Ballet star turned IT Administrator, Matthew Hunt, told their Transition Tales and participants left with a range of practical tips and tools for managing their life long career journey.

See photographs and a full report here.

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - The Royal Ballet's Tara Bhavnani announced as EMERGE Shadowing participant

EMERGE is a unique shadowing and career development opportunity for professional dancers. The brand new programme, part of the EVOLVE series, offers the opportunity for professional dancers to explore another field and gain practical experience and networks in that area.

The EMERGERS will be shadowing the professionals working on the next EVOLVE Workshop, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Northern Ballet, which takes place in Leeds on Monday 29th September.

We are pleased to announce that First Artist of the Royal Ballet, Tara Bhavnani, will be shadowing DCD's Grants and Careers Officer, and EVOLVE Project Lead, Ellen Chambers, to learn about Events Management.

Photo: Rolly Astrom

"I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the EMERGE program. I'm still dancing full time and it's difficult to imagine a career after ballet, so I'm looking forward to gaining what is a rare and valuable insight into a potential new career path." Tara Bhavnani

Find out more about EMERGE here.

Wednesday 10th September 2014 - DCD visit Contributing Company, Richard Alston Dance Company

On Wednesday 10th September, Jennifer and Ellen visited Richard Alston Dance Company, accompanied by DCD retrained dancer and professional photographer, Pari Naderi.

Pari shared her transition tale, explaining how she began photography while she was still dancing and developed her skills with support from DCD. Pari kindly photographed the visit for us.

"It's nice for a dancer to feel understood in and out of a dance career." Jenny Hayes, RADC dancer

See photographs and feedback from our Company Visits here.

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Dance Teachers' Mentoring Scheme 2014-15 Mentees Announced

Following a popular application process, 20 dance teachers nominated by their peers as future leaders have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme.

Organised by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, Youth Dance England and the National Dance Teachers Association, the programme recognises the huge importance of teachers within the dance sector and aims to develop the next generation of teaching leaders within the industry. Dance UK and partners worked to attract applicants from across the UK. Successful teachers have been drawn from areas including the South West, London, West Midlands, Norfolk, Cheshire, Shropshire and Ireland.

Find out more here.

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - DCD's latest enewsletter

Read about all of our latest news here.

Monday 8th September 2014 - The Trustees of Dancers’ Career Development seek a new Chair to succeed Tony Dyson, who steps down after many years of dedicated service in December 2014

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 20th October 2014.

For more information please click here.

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 - DCD visits English National Ballet

Photo: DCD retrained dancer Amber Hunt

Our visit to English National Ballet took place on Tuesday 2nd September, and featured DCD retrained dancer Henry St Clair, who told his transition tale to the dancers including how he completed his massage qualifications and a degree in Economics and Politics before establishing his own business, Crystal Ballet.

DCD retrained dancer Amber Hunt of Photography by ASH kindly photographed the visit for us.

"Very informative. Made me feel much more confident in the help and support to retrain." ENB dancer

Read more about our visits and see the photographs here.

Monday 1st September 2014 - Read our latest case study from dancer-turned-costume designer, Rosie Noctor

""I wish to continue with the same determination of a dancer, just on the other side of the stage!"

Read Rosie's story here.

Tuesday 26th August 2014 - DCD visit Contributing Company, Rambert Dance Company

We were delighted to visit Rambert at their new home on the Southbank on Tuesday 26th August.

"Very well presented and communicated." Dane Hurst, Rambert dancer

Find out more.

Monday 18th August 2014 - Help raise money for DCD through Acting for Others at the Spotlight 10k Challenge!

Swap your dance shoes for running trainers and raise money for Acting for Others, a collective of charities supporting performing artists including Dancers' Career Development, by taking part in the Spotlight 10k Challenge run.

The Spotlight 10k Challenge will take place in spring 2015.

Our very own Executive Director, Jennifer Curry, will be taking part! Find out more.

Friday 15th August 2014 - DCD visit Contributing Companies Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet

This week the DCD team have been visiting two of our Contributing Companies, Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet, presenting our exciting new projects and Transition Support Services to dancers and staff. Find out more.

"It was clear, inclusive of all people, and helpful. Now I want to think about the future more." Northern Ballet dancer

"It was comforting to know there is an organisation that's interested in helping dancers capitalise on their individual facets and strengths after performing." Royal Ballet dancer

Monday 4th August 2014 - DCD retrained dancers Sharon Watson and Matthew Hunt to speak at EVOLVE Leeds #1

We are delighted to announce that DCD retrained dancers, Sharon Watson, Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow and Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and former Northern Ballet dancer, Matthew Hunt, will be telling their Transition Tales at EVOLVE Leeds #1 at the home of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre on Monday 29th September.

Find out more and book your place here.

Monday 4th August 2014 - The latest DCD newsletter is here!

Read all of our latest news in our monthly e-newsletter here.

Thursday 31st July 2014 - Read our latest Transition Tale from DCD beneficiary Leon Baugh

Leon dancing with Hofesh Shechter. Photo: Carl Fox

Leon trained at Laban with the Principles Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance. He went on to work with Retina Dance Company, Barebones, Jasmin Vardimon, Frantic Assembly and Hofesh Shechter. Leon's career highlight was playing the Manatee in Pina Bausch’s Masurca Fogo.

In 2010, DCD supported Leon to undertake a Masters degree at the British School of Osteopathy. Read more.

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - 20 dancers selected for 2014-15 DCD and Dance UK Mentoring Scheme

20 dancers, all nominated by their peers as future leaders, have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme. The programme, organised by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, recognises the huge potential for dancers to become leaders. It is designed to build capacity within the dance workforce and to ensure skills and knowledge retention in the sector, addressing problems of succession to key artistic and non-artistic roles.

DCD beneficiaries Kenneth Tindall and Seeta Patel are among the selected mentees

Over eight months, each dancer will meet with a paid mentor to discuss and consider a future beyond or alongside their performing careers. Dancers will also be able to identify transferable skills, build confidence and develop leadership potential.

Read the full list of mentees here.

Thursday 17th July 2014 - Applications open for EMERGE

Applications are now open for EMERGE, a unique shadowing and career development opportunity for professional dancers.

The brand new programme, part of the EVOLVEworkshop series, offers the opportunity for professional dancers to explore another field and gain practical experience and networks in that area.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity work alongside a professional in either:

  • Film-making – with DCD retrained dancer and documentary filmmaker Robert Gravenor. Learn how to capture an event on camera and turn it into a finished film.
  • Photography – with a DCD retrained dancer, to be announced. Get behind the lens and learn what goes into creating picture perfect shots.
  • Event Management– with DCD Grants and Careers Officer Ellen Chambers, Project Lead, EVOLVE. Explore the practicalities of managing a high-quality workshop, including planning, budgeting and evaluation.

Find out more and download an application form here.

Monday 7th July 2014 - EVOLVE Workshop to take place at the home of DCD Contributing Companies Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds, Monday 29th September

Following the success of the inaugural EVOLVE Workshop at Sadler's Wells in May 2014, Dancers' Career Development are excited to announce that EVOLVE Leeds #1 will be taking place in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, Northern Ballet, at their home on Quarry Hill, Leeds, on Monday 29th September. Find out more and register your interest here.

Monday 7th July 2014 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Thursday 3rd July 2014 - DCD welcomes new Trustee, former Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert dancer Virginia Bullock, nee de Gersigny

‘I am very excited about being part of the DCD Board going forward. I am delighted to have this opportunity to give back to the organisation that gave me such invaluable support during my transition’ Virginia Bullock, DCD Trustee.

Having been supported by Dancers' Career Development, Virginia is now a Senior Administrator with Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP, and is due to qualify as a chartered certified accountant by the end of 2014. Find a full biography here.

Thursday 26th June 2014 - See EVOLVE in action!

EVOLVE is a series of workshops across the UK which allow all professional dancers to discover their potential, unlock new possibilities and explore pathways in an energised, open and safe environment.

Our EVOLVE trailer was created by DCD beneficiaries, Seeta Patel and Nick Lashbrook at the very first EVOLVE workshop at Sadler's Wells on Monday 19th May.

Find out more about EVOLVE Workshops here.

Wednesday 25th June 2014 - Malgorzata Dzierzon to be one of 20 UK Fellows on the 2014/15 Clore Leadership Programme.The Dance Fellowship is supported by Dancers’ Career Development and the Linbury Trust.

Photographer: Renaud Wiser

'I am absolutely thrilled to be offered the Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship. I hope to absorb as much as possible over the coming year and share the knowledge with the artists I have the fortune of working with now and in the future.I feel that this opportunity has come at the right time as I am making a transition from full time dancer to full time creative producer and choreographer and reflects an interest in a more artist-driven, collaborative and entrepreneurial ways of working in the industry, which I have tried to explore and champion.I am incredibly grateful for the support from the Dancers' Career Development and the Linbury Trust which has made this unique professional development opportunity possible'

Malgorzata, previously a dancer with DCD Contributing Company Rambert Dance Company and Creative Producer, Choreographer and Administrator with New Movement Collective Ltd will begin her individually tailored programme of personal and professional development in September 2014.

With mentoring support from a senior cultural leader, a professional coach and the Clore team, and a secondment in the UK, each Fellow undergoes a period of intense learning adapted to their aspirations, needs and circumstances.

Find our more about our partnership with the Clore Leadership Programme here.

Monday 23rd June 2014 - Report of our inaugural visit to The Royal Ballet School first year students

On Wednesday 11th June 2014, Dancers' Career Development launched a brand new partnership with The Royal Ballet School by visiting the first year students for an interactive workshop, focused on identifying the transferable skills that dancers possess, recognising personal strengths and thinking about careers outside of the performing arts. Find out more here.

Thursday 19th June 2014 - DCD attends the annual meeting of the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers

Representatives from 10 countries in 3 continents come together to discuss career transition for dancers. Find out more here

For more of DCD's latest news click here

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