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.
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...
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 www.danceuk.org and watch more conference videos at www.danceuktv.com.
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: email@example.com
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 12:15pm – Alexander Whitley, choreographer and Sky Arts Times Breakthrough Award nominee
To find out more, and book your tickets, please visit the MOVE IT website.
Friday 24th January 2014 - Dancers' Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund announce new initiative for Independent Dancers
Dancers’ Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund announce a new initiative that will increase support for the retraining of Independent Dancers in the UK
Additional funds will provide new Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Bursaries in order to help overcome financial barriers to retraining. This is the latest development in a long standing relationship between the two organisations.
Dame Monica Mason, Chairman, The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund:
“These Bursaries are an interesting and welcome development in our relationship with Dancers’ Career Development. The opportunities for dancers to retrain is of vital importance and the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund is very pleased to work with Dancers’ Career Development on this new initiative”
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