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:

Dancers' Career Development welcomes you to a performance by DCD Contributing Company, English National Ballet, at Sadler's Wells Theatre on Wednesday 9th September 2015

Photo: Dust, 2014. Photo © Photography by ASH

Your ticket will include a programme, drink, canapés and bowl food and a top-priced stalls seat for ENB's award winning triple bill Lest We Forget plus a chance to meet some of DCD's supported dancers before and after the performance.

This evening celebrates Dancers' Career Development's decades of providing career transition services to all UK-based dancers and introduces DCD's new Chair, Zoë van Zwanenberg. Find out more.

Friday 10th July 2015 - Ben Wright announced as the 2015-16 Clore Dance Fellow

The Clore Leadership Programme has announced the exceptional individuals who have been awarded 2015/16 Fellowships on the programme, including Ben Wright, who will undertake the Dance Fellowship supported by Dancers' Career Development and The Linbury Trust. Find out more.

Wednesday 15th July 2015 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Read all of our latest news in our monthly digest here.

Thursday 25th June 2015 - DCD visit to The Royal Ballet School

On Wednesday 10th June, DCD’s Grants and Careers Officer, Ellen Chambers, delivered a workshop to the first year students of The Royal Ballet School as the partnership, launched in June 2014, progresses into its second cohort of students. We were delighted to be joined by Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Lauren Cuthbertson, and First Soloist, Ricardo Cervera, who shared their inspiring career journeys and answered questions from the students. Read more.

Thursday 11th June 2015 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Read all our latest news in our June enewsletter here.

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - We need you to join Team DCD for the Spotlight Runners 10k Challenge!

We need you to swap your dance shoes for running trainers and raise money for Acting for Others, a collective of charities supporting performing artists including Dancers' Career Development, by taking part in the Spotlight 10k Challenge run. Sign up by 30th June! Find out more.

Friday 15th May 2015 - Leanne Benjamin to speak at international transition conference in Seoul, South Korea

DCD supported dancer and former Royal Ballet Principal Leanne Benjamin AM OBE to speak at International Symposium on Career Transition for Dancers, held in Seoul, South Korea with support from Asiana Airlines. Find out more.

Friday 15th May 2015 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Catch up with all our latest news in one go, here.


Tuesday 12th May 2015 - BBC Young Dancer 2015 – Dancers’ Career Development to provide the aftercare for young finalists

Dancers’ Career Development are delighted to be providing an aftercare package designed specifically for the six BBC Young Dancer Competition finalists: Kieran Lai; Jacob O’Connell; Vidya Patel; Archie Sullivan; Harry Barnes and Competition winner Connor Scott. Find out more.


Friday 1st May 2015 - Dancers' Career Development presents EVOLVE Glasgow

Dancers' Career Development delivered EVOLVE Glasgow for the first time on Friday 1st May 2015, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet, Dance House Glasgow and The Work Room, as part of Dance International Glasgow (DIG). Find out more.


Sunday 26th April 2015 - Christopher Hampson runs the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for DCD!

DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson, ran the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26th April to raise money for DCD. Please show your support and donate now.


Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Applications open for the 2015-16 Dancers' and Dance Teachers' Mentoring Schemes

Dance UK, with the support of Arts Council England and in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, is now accepting applications for its Dancers’ Mentoring Programme 2015-16. This is an opportunity for 20 mid-career dancers and 20 dance teachers in England and Wales, who have been identified and nominated by their peers as future leaders, to be matched with a paid mentor to identify skills and areas of interest and develop their leadership potential. Read more.


Tuesday 7th April 2015 - Our latest newsletter is here!

Catch up on all our latest news in a new-look newsletter, including inspiring stories from DCD retrained dancers, mentoring for dancers and dance teachers and much more here.


Dancers' Career Development launches boundless

boundless offers the unique opportunity for all dancers who have benefitted from the help of Dancers’ 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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Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449 Fax: (0)20 7242 1462

Email: admin@thedcd.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 327747

Read inspiring Transition Tales from dancers here.

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