Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for 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:

The Transition Centre will be closed from 2:30pm on Thursday 17th April for the Easter and reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday 22nd April.

Friday 11th April 2014 - Recipients of inaugural Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Bursaries announced

We are delighted to announce the recipient of the inaugural Sir Cameron Mackintosh Bursary – The Brighton Academy.

After highly successful careers on the West End, including roles in Fame, Grease and Starlight Express to name but a few, four dancers with a combined total of 60 years in the business decided to pass on their knowledge and experience by setting up their very own performing arts college, The Brighton Academy. Kate Alexander, Stuart Dawes, Emma Dawes and Tim Newman set up the academy in 2011, and had their premiere showcase at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday 27th March. Read more on our Financial Retraining Grants page.

In addition, we are proud to announce that Winifred Burnet-Smith and Nicole Vivien Watson are the first recipients of the RBBF Bursaries, a new initiative from Dancers’ Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund that increases support for the retraining of Independent Dancers in the UK.

Winifred Burnet-Smith, a professional dancer for twelve years, currently performs with Hofesh Schechter Company. Winifred was the recipient of a DCD Financial Retraining Grant to become a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. Winifred received a RBBF Bursary that will support her with the associated travel costs.

Nicole Vivien Watson, a professional independent dancer based in the North East of England, received a DCD Financial Retraining Grant that will enable Nicole to study for the Access to Level 6 course in British Sign Language at City Lit. Nicole received a RBBF Bursary to support her with travel costs from Newcastle to London in order to complete the course. Read more on our Financial Retraining Grants page.

Tuesday 8th April 2014 - The latest DCD newsletter is here!

Monday 27th March 2014 - New research from DCD beneficiary Ali Golding

Ali Golding MSc, PG Cert SEN, BA(Hons): "I was inspired to consider Career Transition as an appropriate topic to express my gratitude to the DCD for their support of further study."

Read Ali's research, 'A Golden Thread: Holding Up Identity in a Professional Dancers' Career Transition' on our Research page.

Wednesday 12th March 2014 - Watch a clip from our Sofa Session at MOVE IT 2014 with DCD Beneficiary Alexander Whitley and Jennifer Curry, Director of Development

Look out for more images and a full report in April's e-newsletter!

Tuesday 4th March 2014 - New EVOLVE Workshops to debut at Sadler's Wells

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural EVOLVE Workshop will take place at Sadler's Wells on Monday 19th May at 10am, facilitated by DCD beneficiary, certified Life Coach and Clore Leadership Dance Fellow Isabel Mortimer, and featuring Melanie Teall, former professional dancer with Rambert and Phoenix Dance Company and recipient of Cosmopolitan C&A Dance Awards and the Paul Clarke Award.

"I am delighted to be speaking at the new EVOLVE Workshop at Sadler’s Wells. Dancers’ Career Development has offered me invaluable support during my career development and I am so pleased to share my experiences with other professional dancers and students. I very much look forward to a motivating and inspiring morning with DCD."

Melanie Teall, DCD beneficiary and EVOLVE speaker

For full details, please see our EVOLVE page.

Monday 3rd March 2014 - Watch Acting for Others Bursary recipient George Long's inspiring transition tale...

Could you help Dancers' Career Development to reach more dancers like George? Find out how you can invest in the next generation of dancers here and read more inspirational transition journeys here

Thursday 13th February 2014 - Empowering Change: An introduction to Career Transition & Identity. Dancers’ Career Development's presentation as part of the Dance UK Beyond the Body conference on dancers' psychology

Barnaby Ingram, a professional dancer for nine years, was supported through the transition process by DCD and is now studying for the WSET Level 4 Diploma, working towards his goal to be a Master of Wine. Isabel Mortimer is a former principal dancer with Matthew Bournes New Adventures, a Clore Fellow, DCD beneficiary and certified Life Coach. Isabel currently works with DCD on our Coaching Programme for dancers and the brand new EVOLVE Workshops. Find out more about Isabel here

This video is taken from Dance UK's November 2013 Beyond the Body conference on dancers' psychology. Dancers' Career Development works in partnership with Dance UK to support professional dancers on the Dancer's Mentoring Programme for future leaders and the Dance Teacher's Mentoring Programme. Find out more about Dance UK at and watch more conference videos at

Monday 10th February 2014 - Dancers’ Career Development present a New Transition Support Service for all Professional Dancers: EVOLVE Workshops

The EVOLVE Workshops will allow all professional dancers to discover their potential, unlock new possibilities and explore pathways in an energised, open and safe environment.

Featuring high-profile DCD alumni sharing their experience of transition, the EVOLVE Workshops will be facilitated by Isabel Mortimer. Isabel enjoyed an extremely successful 22 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer and is a DCD beneficiary, certified Personal and Executive Coach CPCC and a graduate of the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme.

More details, including the date, time and speakers appearing at the first EVOLVE Workshop will be announced soon. In the meantime please register your interest now with Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer. Tel: 020 7831 1449. Email:

Monday 3rd February 2014 - DCD to appear at MOVE IT 2014

We are very excited to announce that DCD will be appearing at the MOVE IT dance event at the Olympia in London on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th March 2014.

We’ll be talking transition during the Sofa Sessions each day, joined by some very exciting DCD beneficiaries:

Friday 7th March at 11:05am – Maria Swainson, founder of dance agency Ri Ri Productions and Dance Captain of West End hit Flashdance The Musical

Saturday 8th March at 12 noon – Former West End dancer Flik Swan and Victoria Marr, formerly of DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet, co-founders of ballet-inspired online fitness company ‘Sleek Technique’

Sunday 9th March at 12:15pmAlexander Whitley, choreographer and Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Award nominee

To find out more, and book your tickets, please visit the MOVE IT website.

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

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