Career Insights Programme

DCD Launches New Career Insights Programme

For the first time ever, DCD is offering a tailored programme which will give dancers across the UK the opportunity to experience a working environment outside of the studio.

Explore new possibilities and get a clearer idea about your next step in transitioning into a post-performance career within a safe and supportive environment.

With the need for practical experience being one of the most common obstacles dancers tell us they face when transitioning from a performance career, DCD is proud to be launching this programme, the first of its kind in the dance sector.

The programme offers dancers paid placements in a range of companies to gain practical experience in a variety of different working environments.

We’re delighted to launch the first year of this pilot programme together with successful companies founded by DCD supported dancers including Muscat Bridal, Bloomsbury Flowers, Sleek Technique, RiRi Productions, Everybody Ballet, JL Productions and Mercurial Dance. We are developing our partnerships to also include creative global brands and FTSE 100 companies in future.

"Giving dancers an experience of a new working environment will provide an exciting opportunity for those embarking on transition to explore other career options". Kevin Muscat, Designer and Founder Muscat Bridal

Also included as part of this ground-breaking programme will be:

  • The opportunity to hear from guest speakers offering unique insight and advice
  • Informal Mentoring, designed to complement practical experience and exploration
  • Work shadowing other DCD supported dancers
  • Three coaching sessions with DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer

Dancers can gain experience and practical, transferable knowledge in key areas including: Marketing and PR, fashion design and production, general design studio assistant, flower design, social media strategy and implementation, administration and business management.

We are offering places for up to 4 dancers. The programme will run for 12 weeks from September – November 2017 and will be a 2 day a week commitment, however this will be tailored to each company’s capacity and requirements.

We invite applications from dancers with an enquiring mind, who are curious to explore the unknown, open to learning and reflection and committed to their professional development.

Applications are now closed for 2017

Any questions? Email Simone Muller-Lotz at

What can you offer professional dancers in transition?

An hour of your time to informally discuss your career field?

The opportunity for a dancer to spend some time with you at your place of work to gain practical experience outside of the studio?

We would love to hear from you! If you would like to be a part of DCD's Career Insights Programme, please be in touch with Simone at

This programme is generously supported by Nigel and Vicki Colne and DCD Contributing Companies.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Stephen Berkeley White