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


Thank You to All Who Supported DCD's Fundraising Gala Performance of the Award winning: An American in Paris

Watch this space for photos from our spectacular fundraising gala performance of the award winning An American in Paris on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the newly refurbished historic Dominion Theatre in London.

Proceeds go towards supporting Independent Dancers across the UK, enabling these dancers to successfully transition into a post-performance career.


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.


Latest news:

Read all our latest news in our March newsletter!


EVOLVE 2017 – Booking open!

EVOLVE returns to London this spring in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, Rambert.

Booking is now open - places are limited, so book today!

EVOLVE is a full day workshop for professional dancers exploring life after a dance career, offering practical tools, insight and inspiration.

Open to dancers from all genres of professional dance – from classical, contemporary to musical theatre and commercial.

You will have the opportunity to explore the journey of a dancer’s career with like-minded people; get the tools to develop your own personal action plan and discover your potential; learn how to manage a lifelong career beyond performance and be inspired by real life stories from DCD retrained dancers Lee Bamford, now Administration and HR Manager for Hofesh Shechter Company; and Miranda Lind, now a qualified specialist teacher for children with dyslexia.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Date: Sunday 23 April 2017
  • Time: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Venue: Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
  • Facilitated by: Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer
  • Price: Early bird: £30 (until 31st March), Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. (Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available).

We will also be coming to:

  • Leeds: Monday 15 May 2017 in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Northern Ballet
  • London’s West End: Monday 20 November at The Prince of Wales Theatre, supported by Delfont Mackintosh

Book now and find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund.


A focus on the future, from wherever you are right now

Don’t miss the chance to register for DCD’s coaching for dancers.

DCD’s coaching sessions are a one on one conversation helping you find the clarity and confidence to move forward in your life and career.

These totally confidential sessions are available nationwide, to all professional dancers across the UK.

“A great way to regain focus. Finding out what it is that you want to do, and knowing what will help you move towards it”. DCD Supported Dancer

Our professional coaches will be in:

  • Leeds on 1 March
  • Glasgow on 20 March
  • Birmingham on 27 March
  • Just £30 total for three, one hour sessions. Available in person or via Skype.

To find out more about coaching and whether it’s right for you, click here.

Register for Coaching


Calling All Musical Theatre Dancers!

We encourage dancers from the Musical Theatre sector who wish to retrain within the creative industries to apply for DCD’s Society of London Theatre (SOLT) Bursary.

Worth £5,000, the bursary supports professional dancers who have contributed significantly to London’s West End through their performance careers, to retrain into professions that are directly linked with the creative industries and in particular London’s thriving theatre sector.

DCD supports over 60 Musical Theatre dancers each year, who have performed in London’s West End in productions such as CATS, Phantom of the Opera and Matilda the Musical.

Apply by 5pm on 29 March, and make sure to book a one to one consultation at least one week before you submit your application! Contact Ellen to book and find out more about how to apply here.

Also make sure to come along to DCD’s first ever EVOLVE workshop in London’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre, supported by Delfont Mackintosh on 20 November 2017.

Find out more about EVOLVE.


DCD on the Road

The DCD team’s bags are packed as we’re going all over the country with our mid-season visits to our Contributing Companies!

From Birmingham to Glasgow and Leeds to London, we’re so thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with the companies’ dancers, with an update on all of our forthcoming events; insights into how we can support dancers and confidential one to one consultations with dancers exploring career transition.

Company dancers - look out for one to one consultation slots and sign-up sheets on your notice boards!


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.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate..


For more of DCD's latest news click here

Help a dancer in transition - DONATE NOW

Contact us
Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449

Email: admin@thedcd.org.uk




Registered Charity No. 327747

Read inspiring Transition Tales from dancers here.

What's on? See our upcoming events, appearances and deadlines here

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