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.
Read all our latest news in our September newsletter!
Booking for EVOLVE Birmingham Now Open!
EVOLVE is a full day workshop giving you the chance to explore career transition with confidence and positivity.
Coming for the first time to Birmingham on Monday 31 October, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Dancers will hear first-hand from DCD supported dancers about their own experiences of career transition, including DCD supported dancer, Simone Muller-Lotz.
"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, so make sure to book your place now!
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.
Dream Big! EVOLVE London
Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Stephen Wright
We were delighted to host our seventh EVOLVE workshop at The Place in London, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Richard Alston Dance Company.
As put one of the participants, it was "a day filled with love, laughter and respect."
A thought provoking day, where we heard from DCD supported dancers about their own, personal experiences of transition. We're so grateful to Anna Lowe and Andrew Hurst who shared their stories with the participants.
"I'm here today for inspiration, perspective and self discovery."EVOLVE London participant
You can have a sneak peak and be inspired by thoughts and tips from the day by checking out #DCDEVOLVE at @dcd_dancers twitter feed.
Action Learning for Dance Professionals
Action Learning is a form of peer mentoring.
Starting in November, Independent Dance and DCD jointly offer an opportunity for dance professionals seeking a rigorous, reflective space to develop.
Over the course of a year, up to three peer groups will meet five times to work through real-life projects and problems in a confidential space, with an experienced facilitator. Meetings will take place at Independent Dance in London.
Deadline for applications: Mon 17 October 2016
First set meetings: Tue 1 November / Mon 7 November / Wed 16 November 2016
To reserve your place please call Independent Dance on 020 7091 9650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Independent Dancers!
DCD’s Executive Director Jennifer Curry recently ran the Spotlight 2016 challenge in London's Regent's Park to raise funds towards DCD’s work supporting dancers, completing 10K in 58:46 min.
And there's still time to donate!
Help us reach our £1,000 target - we're already on £920, so not far to go!
DCD ran as part of Acting for Others, an umbrella charity which specialises in supporting professionals of the entertainment industry.
Huge thanks also to Daniel Gabbitus as well as DCD supported dancer Simone Muller-Lotz who both ran alongside Jennifer!
Thank you to all those who have so very kindly donated!
You can donate here – Thank you for your support!
Sharing Transition Expertise
DCD were invited to meet with the Swedish Employment Council (TRS, Trygghetsradet) to share our expertise and experience of supporting dancers through career transition and to hear about dancers’ transition journeys.
The TRS are looking to create support for dancers and performers in Sweden through a new organisation called SOK-stiftelsen and were in London as part of a study trip.
We're grateful to DCD supported dancers Lee Bamford, George Long, Jenna Lee, Celisa Diuana and Claire Meehan for sharing their moving and personal accounts of their experience.
Photos: Top - from left to right, Lee Bamford, Claire Meehan, Celisa Diuana, Jenna Lee and George Long.
Bottom - Members of the Swedish Employment Council
DCD Workshop for The Royal Ballet School
DCD visited The Royal Ballet School’s third year students, delivering a workshop as part of our Schools and Conservatoires Programme.
DCD works with students in the final three years of study at The Royal Ballet School (ages 16 to 19). The students learned about the practicalities of Transition and the Transition Support Services provided by DCD. They also heard a first-hand account of career transition from DCD supported dancer Jaimie Persson.
DCD works in partnership with The Royal Ballet School, as well as with English National Ballet School and Trinity Laban. We are currently working to expand this programme further to include other dance schools and conservatoires across the UK and dance genres.
If you are a school interested in DCD providing a similar programme for your students, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Curry, Executive Director.
DCD Bursary Recipients Announced
We're delighted to have awarded financial retraining grants and special bursaries to the latest cohort of DCD supported dancers.
Congratulations to Hannah Vassallo for the Acting for Others Bursary towards her training in Pilates and Osteopathy; Sachi Kimura for the Bettine Goldberg Bursary for the MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at Central School of Speech and Drama; and Christian From for the Bettine Goldberg Bursary for the MFA in Movement: Directing and Teaching at Central School of Speech and Drama.
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.
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