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:

New Chair for Dancers' Career Development

The Trustees of Dancer’s Career Development are pleased to announce that after an extensive search they have appointed Zoe van Zwanenberg as new Chair. Find out more here

Dancers' Career Development launches boundless

boundless offers the unique opportunity for all dancers who have benefitted from the help of Dancers’ Career Development to directly support a fellow professional dancer through career transition.

boundless also offers a platform through which our wonderful family of friends and supporters can help professional dancers in the UK.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate.


Applications open for the 2015-16 Clore Leadership Programme's Dance Fellowship

The Clore Leadership Programme is currently inviting applications for a Dance Fellowship from dancers who have performed professionally for a total of at least eight years. Five of those years must have been with one of the dance companies associated with Dancers' Career Development: Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

Dance candidates who do not meet these criteria may be eligible to apply for other Fellowships.

The deadline for all applications is 12 noon, 2nd February, 2015. Find out more.


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 16th December 2014 - Watch our EVOLVE Leeds film, created by DCD retrained dancer Robert Gravenor

Our second EVOLVE Workshop for professional dancers took place at the home of Northern Ballet in Leeds on Monday 29th September 2014. This film was created by DCD retrained dancer, Robert Gravenor, who has been supported by DCD to develop his new career as a filmmaker.

You can read more about the day here.

Monday 15th December 2014 - DCD to speak at 'Life After Elite Performance' Symposium

DCD's Executive Director, Jennifer Curry and DCD retrained dancer and Life Coach, Isabel Mortimer, will be speaking at the Royal Academy of Dance and the University of Bath's symposium: ‘Life After Elite Performance’, which will consider how dancers and athletes who have performed at the highest level make career and personal transitions post performance, and the impact such changes have in the short and longer term.

The event takes place on Friday 27th February. Read more.

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Read all of our latest news, including DCD retrained dancer stories and upcoming events, in the December 2014 newsletter.

For more of DCD's latest news click here

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Email: admin@thedcd.org.uk

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We are closed for the Christmas break and moving offices from Friday 19th December to Monday 12th January and will respond to any messages upon our return. Thank you.

Read inspiring Transition Tales from dancers here.

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