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:

Our April newsletter is here!

Catch up on all our latest news in our monthly enewsletter here


Coming for the First Time Ever to Cardiff and Birmingham and Returning to London:

  • Cardiff - Thursday 5 May, in partnership with National Dance Company Wales - Find out more or Book here


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


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


"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.


Dancer Transition on BBC Radio 4

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Johan Persson

If you missed the gripping BBC Radio 4 documentary examining dancer transition and featuring DCD entitled A Dancer Dies Twice, you can still catch it on BBC iplayer.

Featuring DCD retrained dancer Natasha Oughtred and DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer.

Listen here


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

Email: admin@thedcd.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 327747

Read inspiring Transition Tales from dancers here.

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


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