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.


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DCD to Partner with BBC Young Dancer 2017

As the BBC launches its search for the next generation of dance talent, opening applications for BBC Young Dancer 2017, Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) is delighted to be providing confidential, bespoke career transition support to the finalists of the Competition.

This follows the success of the first ever competition last year, and the aftercare support package DCD provided for the six finalists of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015.

The BBC is now inviting young dancers to submit entries in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance.

The winner from each category and up to two wild cards will earn a place in the Grand Final at Sadler’s Wells which will be televised live on BBC Two. The Grand Final will be judged by a leading panel of dance experts, to be announced.

Through the individual coaching sessions and group workshops which will be provided by DCD, the BBC Young Dancer finalists will have the opportunity to pause and reflect upon their remarkable achievements to date, both individually and with each other. The finalists will also have the opportunity to meet with and hear first-hand from professional dancers who are currently performing as well as those who have successfully transitioned into a post-performance career.

Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music Television, said: “BBC Young Dancer has put dance centre stage on our screens, and we are thrilled to continue the search for the next generation of dance talent. It’s fantastic to see how the competition has given a platform for last year’s entrants, most of whom have embarked upon careers within the dance sector. We can’t wait to showcase another group of exceptional young people to audiences when Young Dancer reaches its broadcast stages next year.”

Jennifer Curry, DCD Executive Director, said: "We are incredibly excited to be continuing our partnership with BBC Young Dancer into 2017. The psychological and emotional support provided by DCD will enable the finalists to realise their potential and to explore, share, dare and dream about their future".


Huge Response to First Ever DCD Alumni Event

We are delighted to be hosting our first ever DCD Alumni Celebration event on 19 July at a glamorous London West End venue.

This is a free event and will be an evening of fun and celebration with the chance to connect with other DCD supported dancers and mark their incredible transition journey.

Within less than a week of invitations being sent out, we've been overwhelmed with the amazing response from our alumni.

Please note that the guest list for this event is now closed.

Thank you for all the kind messages and lovely wishes for the event that we've received.

We’re so excited to have this opportunity to reconnect with our alumni!


West End Bake Off is Back!

This year’s West End Bake Off, in aid of Acting For Others, will be on Saturday 16 July.

DCD is a member charity of Acting for Others. Some contributions from Acting for Others fundraising events go directly towards supporting independent professional dancers.

Come and show your support at 11am - 1pm, at St Anne's Church Courtyard, London W1D 6AF.


‘New Ways To Work’ Pilot Scheme Announced for Professional Actors, Dancers and Performers

The Equity Charitable Trust, Dancers’ Career Development and Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, have come together to launch a pilot scheme, entitled ‘New Ways To Work’, which runs over the summer of 2016.

There will be sessions with Simonne Gnessen, a leading financial coach at Wise Monkey, and workshops on Career Strategy and Setting Up Your Own Business, conducted by one of the UK's leading Executive Career Coaches Zena Everett.  There will also be guidance on job searching, Social Media and CV writing. The aim is to equip professional actors, performers and dancers with the skills they need at various life stages to enable them to achieve a reasonable standard of living.

Places on the Pilot have already been allocated but we will keep you posted about future opportunities.

Equity Charitable Trust (ECT), Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) and Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF) share a rich history of partnership and a shared mission of providing support to professional actors and dancers, respectively.

For further information about the partner organisations, check out the ECT and RBBF websites.


New Postgraduate Loans from August 2016

If you're considering postgraduate studies, a new government backed post-graduate loan is becoming available for Masters degree students from 1 August this year.

You may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

Applications open from late June.

Find out more here.


Register now for EVOLVE 2016

Coming next to:

  • London - Saturday 10 September, In partnership with DCD Contributing Company Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place


  • Birmingham - Monday 31 October, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet


"All dancers need to come to EVOLVE, it doesn't matter what stage you're at in your career, it's important to start thinking about who else you are, outside of dance". Rachael Nanyonjo, Independent dance artist

Open to dancers from all genres of professional dance from classical, contemporary to musical theatre and commercial.


Places will be limited to register your interest now email Ellen or find out morehere

As part of launching EVOLVE 2016, we are proud to reveal an exclusive new film by DCD supported dancer Daniel Jones, created at EVOLVE London #2 at the Royal Opera House in October 2015.


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

Email: admin@thedcd.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 327747

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