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 June newsletter!


Exclusive Facebook Career Training Day for Dancers

As part of the launch of DCD’s ground-breaking Career Insights Programme, we’re thrilled to announce an exclusive career training day for dancers at Facebook’s Headquarters in London on 25 September.

Come along to be inspired and hear about different career paths from people that have made career changes, at one of the world’s largest and most successful tech companies.

Dancers will also be given tools on managing their own businesses, including design, marketing and advertising ideas.

The full day training will include two sessions:

  • In the morning, hearing first hand from Facebookers from different departments across the company about their own experience of career change, including former dancer Leigh Thomas, now Director of Global Client Partnerships at Facebook.
  • In the afternoon session, learning practical ways to build your own business, including inspiration about how to build your business on Facebook, creative applications, advertising and practical marketing tools and tips.

This is a free event, open to all dancers across the UK planning for or navigating career transition.

Places will be given on a first come, first served basis – so make sure not to miss this unique opportunity!

Priority booking will be given to Career Insights Programme applicants.

Apply by emailing Simone at Simone@thedcd.org.uk by 5pm on 24 July.


Career Insights Programme

If you’re interested in having more opportunities like the Facebook Career Training Day for dancers then make sure to apply to DCD’s Career Insights programme - paid placements in a range of companies for dancers to gain practical experience in a working environment outside of the studio.

See the range of companies where you could gain first-hand experience here.

The programme also includes:

  • The opportunity to hear from guest speakers offering unique insight and advice
  • Informal Mentoring, designed to complement practical experience and exploration
  • Work shadowing other DCD supported dancers
  • Three coaching sessions with DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer

We are offering places for up to 4 dancers. The programme will run for 12 weeks from September – November 2017 and will be a 2 day a week commitment, however this will be tailored to each company’s capacity and requirements.

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

Click here to find out more and apply!


DCD Alumni Celebration

Following the huge success of last year's event at The Ivy, we’re looking forward to our second annual DCD Alumni Celebration event on 10 July at 7pm at an exclusive venue in East London.

This is a free event for all dancers who have been supported by DCD, be it through one of our workshops, support services or a one to one consultation – we’d love to see you there!

There'll be drinks, glamour, and a few surprises!

This event is strictly guest list on a first come first served basis, so make sure to RSVP to hanna@thedcd.org.uk, if you haven’t already done so.

Not based in London? We'll be holding events in Glasgow on 1 or 2 September (TBC); Leeds on 11 September and Birmingham on 14 September - watch this space for more details!


Book Now for EVOLVE Glasgow

DCD’s EVOLVE workshop returns to Glasgow on 2 September.

EVOLVE is a full day workshop for all professional dancers exploring life after a dance career, offering practical tools, insight and inspiration.

Explore the journey of a dancer’s career with like-minded people.

Get the tools to develop your own personal action plan and discover your potential.

Learn how to manage a lifelong career beyond performance.

Hear first-hand from DCD supported dancer Tanya Richam-Odoi about her own experience of transition.

  • Date: Saturday 2 September 2017 (one to one consultations and coaching sessions available Friday 1 September)
  • Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Venue: Scottish Ballet, Tramway, Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE
  • Facilitated by: Jo Wright, DCD Coach
  • Price: Early bird: £30 until 18th August, Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 or ellen@thedcd.org.uk if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.

DCD is delivering EVOLVE in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, Scottish Ballet, Dance House Glasgow and The Work Room.

This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund.


This is the second time EVOLVE comes to Glasgow – click here to see what happened last time we were there!


'Dancing Your Way to Business'

Pick up the June issue of Dancing Times to read an article written by DCD supported dancer Gavin McCaig: ‘Dancing Your Way to Business’.

It examines the transferrable skills that dancers gain throughout their training and careers – from communication and social skills, to teamwork, leadership, creativity and discipline.


Dancer Transition Around the World

DCD supports professional dancers across the UK, and also works hard to promote the issue of dancer career transition internationally.

We are a founding member of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) and other countries often look to our expertise and insight when setting up their own transition centres.

Just this past month, DCD’s Executive Director Jennifer Curry travelled to Brussels and Budapest, to speak at two working seminars: Dance Futures: Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector - a project delivered by (STAR-LINK)http://fia-actors.com/index.php">EuroFIA (the European group of the International Federation of Actors)and the IOTPD.

The aim of this project is to conduct working seminars in Belgium, Hungary and Spain to determine the possibility for a programme of transition support for dancers in those countries.

Jennifer also attended the annual IOTPD meeting in Berlin, where representatives from 10 countries took part in discussions on dancer transition. Participating countries included the UK, Switzerland, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, where best practice and trends from around the world as well as diversity and delivering broad and ambitious support programmes for dancers were discussed.

Click here to find out more about the IOTPD and the Philippe Braunschweig Grant for professional dancers who have had an international career - application deadline 30 April 2018.


We’re having a makeover…

Exciting things are happening at the DCD Transition Centre – we’re having a makeover and will be launching a new website late summer…watch this space!


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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