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Wednesday 21st May 2014 - "The future is now exciting. I feel a warm sense of empowerment." - Joelle Pappas, independent dancer

On Monday 19th May, 30 dancers arrived at Sadler's Wells for the first ever EVOLVE Workshop, presented by Dancers' Career Development.

Facilitated by DCD beneficiary, certified Life Coach and The Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow Isabel Mortimer, EVOLVE gave dancers the chance to hear inspiring Transition Tales from former Rambert and Phoenix Dance Theatre dancer-turned-choreographer, Melanie Teall, alongside George Long, Musical Theatre star-turned-garden designer.

The dancers were led through a range of activities which allowed them space and time to reflect on their achievements, where they are now, and helped to empower them to take the next steps on their career journey.

Read feedback from EVOLVE London #1 and sign up for future EVOLVE Workshops here.


Tuesday 20th May 2014 - The DCD Team performs Scottish Ballet's Big Dance Pledge 2014!

This summer sees the fifth biennial Big Dance Festival taking place with community dance and performances all across the UK.

The Big Dance Pledge is a chance to learn, make and perform dance with the rest of the world, and this year it has been choreographed by DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet.

Check out the DCD Team of Jennifer, Ellen, Nancy and Philip performing our unmissable rendition of the Big Dance Pledge...

Monday 12th May 2014 - DCD Beneficiary George Long to speak at EVOLVE London #1!

We are delighted to announce that DCD Beneficiary George Long will be telling his Transition Tale at EVOLVE London #1 on Monday 19th May at Sadler's Wells.

George was a Musical Theatre and commercial dancer for 22 years, before retraining as a Garden Designer.

George joins former Rambert and Phoenix Dance Theatre dancer turned choreographer Melanie Teall at our very first workshop for dancers, facilitated by DCD retrained dancer and certified Life Coach, Isabel Mortimer.

You can read more about George here, and find out the full details about EVOLVE here.

Friday 9th May 2014 - Have you read our latest newsletter? EVOLVE is going on tour! Plus inspiring stories from DCD dancers - read more here.

Wednesday 23rd April - Read our latest Transition Tales from DCD beneficiaries Adrien Mastrosimone and Tiit Helimets here.

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

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