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.
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There's Still Time to Support This Mystery Lady!
There's still time to donate to DCD Retrained Dancer Simon Harper's fabulous fundraising appeal for DCD, performing as a mystery lady with Les Ballets Trockedero de Monte Carlo at the Wales Millennium Centre last month.
Thanks so much Simon!
Photo Credit: Sian Trenberth Photography
DCD Visits Royal Ballet School 3rd Year Students
As part of our pioneering partnership with The Royal Ballet School, we delivered a workshop with the third year students on 26 October 2015.
We previously visited the same cohort of students in their first and second years, with the aim of supporting them to prepare for their eventual, inevitable, career transition.
The students spent the session examining the challenges that dancers face when approaching career transition, and coming up with top tips for professional dancers to prepare for and overcome these challenges.
Weíre so grateful to DCD supported dancer and visual artist Melissa Spiccia who took the time to come and talk to the students about her own transition.
A visit to the second year students is due on Wednesday 18th November.
Our partnership with The Royal Ballet School is designed to develop happy, confident, motivated professional dancers who are prepared for professional life.
Find out more here
Photo Credit: Schuhlelewis.com
DCD and BBC Young Dancers at Rambert's Opening Night
The 2015 BBC Young Dancer Finalists attended DCD Contributing Company Rambertís opening night at Sadlerís Wells this month as part of DCDís partnership with BBC Young Dancer, where they enjoyed fantastic performances of 'Transfigured Night', 'The 3 Dancers' and the celebrated 'Rooster'.
The finalists were lucky enough to meet with Rambertís Brenda Lee Grech before of the show, who spoke to them about her career in dance.
DCD are providing an aftercare package designed specifically for the six BBC Young Dancer Competition finalists which consists of individual coaching sessions and group workshops.
Our aim is to ensure that these young dancers are fully supported to investigate and realise their potential and to explore, share, dare and dream about their future.
Find out more here
DCD Hosts Dance Teachers Mentoring Day
We were very excited to welcome 15 participants in DCD and Dance UKís Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme through our doors at the Transition Centre in October.
The programme is organised in partnership with Dance UK as well as National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England. It recognises the huge importance of teachers within the dance sector and aims to develop the next generation of teaching leaders within the industry. The 20 dance teachers chosen to take part in the programme were nominated by their peers as future leaders.
The atmosphere of the day long induction session at the DCD transition centre was electric Ė full of rich conversation, inspiration and participants excited to be able to connect to a like-minded network of teachers and dance professionals.
This diverse group of teachers and dance artists bring with them a wealth of experience, skills, knowledge, expertise, insight and talent.
Congratulations again on to all the participants selected for the Dance Teachers Mentoring Programme and very best of luck!
Find out more here
Photo Credit: DCD Retrained Dancer, Tim Cross
New Communications Officer Joins DCD Team!
DCD is delighted to welcome Hanna Madalska-Gayer as our new Communications Officer!
Hanna is a communications professional with a passion for dance and career spanning over 12 years in UK and international public relations and campaign management. She has devised award winning communications programmes for global organisations and brands across and was recognised by PR Week as one of the UK industry's top '29 under 29' PR practitioners in 2008.
Hanna formerly trained as a dancer, is a Trustee on the board of Akademi South Asian Dance and is involved with Dance UK.
Find out more about the DCD team here
Get involved in 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.
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