DCD Fundraising Gala Performance of the Award winning: 'An American in Paris'

Thanks to your generous support, together we have raised over £34,000 for independent dancers across the UK

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Lindsey Brook. Including graphics designed by DCD supported dancer Joe Walkling

DCD's An American in Paris fundraising Gala at London's Dominion Theatre on 15 March 2017 was a star studded and very special evening in supporting the important work of Dancers' Career Development.

In an unforgettable highlight of the evening, Director and Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took to the stage to garner support for DCD - we're so grateful for his kind words. Christopher was joined on stage by DCD Patron Leslie Caron, who starred in the original 1951 Hollywood film, who shared her own experience of life as a dancer.

The show has since received rave reviews, which you can read by clicking here.

The support from all those who came along and donated to DCD means that we can continue to expand our unique range of support services to meet the incredible demand from dancers across the UK and in particular for independent dance artists - thank you!

Photo credit: DCD supporter dancer Lindsey Brook. Photo from left to right: Christopher Wheeldon and Leslie Caron; Leslie Caron receiving flowers kindly donated by Bloomsbury Flowers; Strictly Come Dancing stars Ore Oduba, AJ Pritchard with DCD Executive Director Jennifer Curry (top); Strictly Come Dancing stars Daisy Lowe, AJ Pritchard, Louise Redknapp and Jennifer Curry (middle); Christopher Biggins with Jennifer Curry; Strictly Come Dancing stars AJ Pritchard with Rob Rinder (bottom).

Thank You

Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who helped and supported our An American in Paris fundraising Gala.

In particular, we are so grateful to our Gala Committee who made it all possible, Kathryn Wade, Cherry Gillespie, Jan Francis, Vice-Chair of DCD's Board Charles Glanville, Chair of the Board Zoe van Zwanenberg as well as Celeste Fenichel and Ida Levine. We're also grateful to Gala project manager Laurajane Lavender.

Sincere thanks also to The Dominion Theatre, the An American in Paris production team, cast and crew, The Mackintosh Foundation, The Linbury Trust, Oberon Books, No1 Rosemary Water Limited, Will Iredale, Acting for Others, Bloomsbury Flowers and The Royal Ballet.

Photo: From left to right: DCD team with DCD supported dancers and volunteers (top); Students of the Central School of Ballet (middle); DCD team and volunteers (bottom)

We couldn't have pulled it off without the amazing helping hands of our volunteers, DCD supported dancers Aude Florentin, Simone Muller-Lotz, Jamie Karitzis, Nick Searle, Makoto Nakamura, Dickson Mbi, Richard Bermange and Amir Giles as well as our bucket donation collectors, students of the Central School of Ballet.

We are grateful to our partners, DCD Contributing Companies and the individuals, trusts and foundations for their ongoing generosity and support for DCD's work.

About the Show:


Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...

Prepare to be swept away by the breathless romance and dazzling spectacle of Broadway’s triumphant, Tony® Award-winning hit musical as it comes to London with the original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. An exceptional company of 50 actors, dancers and musicians also includes Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.

Directed and choreographed by Olivier and Tony® Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most popular and timeless songs, including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, together with George Gershwin’s sublime compositions Concerto in F and An American in Paris.


© Trailer from An American in Paris.

Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) is a registered charity and the only organisation of its kind in the UK; empowering dancers from all genres of dance as they explore life beyond performing.