Dancersí 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.
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.
EVOLVE Workshop taking place at Move It 2015
The first EVOLVE Workshop of 2015 will take place at Move It, the UK's biggest dance event, at Olympia, London, on Sunday 15th February at 12:45pm.
We will be delivering a 45 minute version of EVOLVE, as part of Move It Pro, as an introduction to discovering your potential for a life long career, with a focus on identifying your transferable skills and exploring the challenges that dancers might face in career transition. Find out more here.
New Chair for Dancers' Career Development
The Trustees of Dancerís 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 Dancersí 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.
Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson to run the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Dancersí 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.
Find out more about how you can support Christopher to raise money for Dancers' Career Development here.
Wednesday 14th January 2015 - Our latest newsletter is here!
Read our latest news including The Clore Dance Fellowship, an update from our #RunforDancers Marathon runner, Christopher Hampson, and former Richard Alston Dance Company dancer, Anneli Binder's Transition Tale, 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.
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