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:

Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson to run the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Dancers’ 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 or donate now.

EVOLVE is coming to Glasgow!

We are delighted to be bringing the EVOLVE Workshop to 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 and book your place.

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.

Thursday 12th March 2015 - Former Scottish Ballet Soloist Diana Loosmore to speak at EVOLVE Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that DCD retrained dancer and former Scottish Ballet Soloist, Diana Loosmore will be speaking at EVOLVE Glasgow on Friday 1st May 2015.

Photo: DCD retrained dancer Andrew Ross

Diana Loosmore performed for Mark Bruce Company, Rafeal Bonachela, Richard Alston Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, Jeremy James and Joanne Fong, amongst others, before joining Scottish Ballet as a soloist in Spring 2003. Diana was first supported by DCD in 2010 to train as a Gyrotonic Teacher and having left Scottish Ballet in June 2013, Diana now teaches Gyrotonic, Contemporary Technique and Choreography on the BA Modern Ballet programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and teaches Gyrotonic at the Movement Studio in Glasgow. Read more about Diana and book your place on EVOLVE 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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