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 April newsletter!

Seeking Inspiration? Come to EVOLVE!


Places are selling out fast for EVOLVE London on 23 April in partnership with DCD contributing company Rambert - book here!

And make sure not to miss EVOLVE Leeds on 15 May, in partnership with DCD contributing company Northern Ballet, by registering for your place now.

All the information you need for both workshops is listed below.

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

Open to all professional dancers, from all genres, at any stage of your career.

Photo credit: Participants at DCD EVOLVE Birmingham taken by DCD supported dancer Tyrone Singleton

Last Few Places Left for EVOLVE London!

  • Date: Sunday 23 April 2017
  • Time: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Venue: Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
  • Facilitated by: Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer
  • Price: Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. (Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available).

We’re delighted to be joined by DCD supported dancers Lee Bamford, now Administration and HR Manager for Hofesh Shechter Company; and Miranda Lind, now a qualified specialist teacher for children with dyslexia, who will share their own personal experiences of career transition.

Book for EVOLVE London here.

Register Now for EVOLVE Leeds

This is the second time EVOLVE comes to Leeds - watch what happened last time we were there!

Film created by DCD supported dancer Robert Gravenor

DCD supported dancer Anna Nowak, formerly of Company Wayne McGregor will be amongst speakers sharing her own story.

One to one coaching sessions will also be available on Tuesday 16 May!

  • Date: Monday 15 May 2017 (followed by one to one coaching sessions on Tuesday 16 May)
  • Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Venue: Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA
  • Facilitated by: Jo Wright, DCD Coach
  • Price: Early bird: £30 (until 30th April), Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. (Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available).

Register for EVOLVE Leeds by emailing Ellen

We will also be coming to:

  • Glasgow: Saturday 2 September 2017 in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet
  • London’s West End: Monday 20 November at The Prince of Wales Theatre, supported by Delfont Mackintosh

Register now and find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

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

DCD's An American in Paris Star Studded Fundraising Gala

Thanks to your generous support, together we have raised over £34,000 for independent dancers across the UK

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Lindsey Brook. Including graphics designed by DCD supported dancer Joe Walkling

Read more here.

DCD Supports BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists

Make sure to watch the live final of BBC Young Dancer 2017 on BBC Four on Saturday 22 April.

DCD continues to work in partnership with BBC Young Dancer since its inaugural competition in 2015. DCD provides confidential, bespoke career transition support to the finalists of the competition through individual coaching sessions and group workshops.

Catch up on the Street Dance, Ballet, South Asian Dance and Contemporary category finals on BBC iplayer.

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund

DCD had the honour of being an investment partner in the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit which awarded bursaries totalling more than £20,000 to six dance creatives, with a further four projects offered in-kind support.

The day long event, hosted by East London Dance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the second annual event offering artists, producers, venues and organisations from East London and beyond the opportunity to share and exchange enterprising ideas in dance.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Ben Stanley. Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund Winners 2017 from left to right: Joe Garbett, Carolina Adewale, Lisa Hood, Jo Rhodes, Mars El Brogy, Sharon Davis, Tom Rowland-Rees, Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-Temple (top); Rashmi Becker, Emma Houston, Clint Sinclair (bottom)

Mentoring Programme Participants Announced!

Following a peers’ nomination and an evaluation process by an expert panel, 10 dance artists and 8 dance teachers have been selected to take part in One Dance UK’s Dancers’ and Dance Teaching Mentoring Programmes.

Organised by One Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, the programme recognises the huge importance of supporting the next generation of leading dance artists and dance teachers.

The selected dance artists and dance teachers will benefit from the wisdom, experience and industry insights of a mentor. They range from independent artists, young entrepreneurs, freelance dance teachers to national dance company members.

Find out more about the 2017 Mentoring Programme here.

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant Deadline - 30 April

The deadline for the annual IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant for retraining is 30 April 2017.

This grant is meant for professional dancers who have had an international career and who don't qualify for support from any one of the countries where they have danced.

Apply here.

Photo credit: Seven for a secret never to be told 4 (c) Hugo Glendinning Rambert

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..

For more of DCD's latest news click here

Help a dancer in transition - DONATE NOW

Contact us
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

Read inspiring Transition Tales from dancers here.

What's on? See our upcoming events, appearances and deadlines here


Keep in touch

Sign up to our monthly enewsletter

All past issues of the newsletter can be viewed here