Dancers' Career Development and The Clore Leadership Programme

DCD to Offer Clore Courses Bursaries

We are delighted to announce that Dancers' Career Development, with support from the Linbury Trust, will offer bursaries in 2016/17 for independent and company dancers to undertake the Clore Leadership Programme's Emerging Leaders and Short Courses.

One bursary will be available for the Clore Short Course, a two-week residential course, and two bursaries will be available for the Clore Emerging Leaders Course, an intense, five-day residential course. Both courses provide intensive training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today.

The courses aim to equip ambitious and creative individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference with practical skills and tools, and offer individual and group learning as well as opportunities to listen to cultural leaders talk about their experiences of leadership, and what they have learned along the way.

Application dates will be announced shortly so watch this space!

DCD, together with the Linbury Trust also supports the Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Andrew Ross

Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship supported by Dancers' Career Development and The Linbury Trust

"The Clore Leadership Programme shares with Dancers' Career Development a commitment to helping people realise their full potential. DCD provides dancers with support and care as they make the transition from performance to the next stage of their professional life. We greatly value our relationship with DCD, and together we work in partnership to develop dancers who can be cultural leaders. Dancers have many of the qualities and skills needed by leaders, including motivation and drive; discipline and focus; and experience of team-work and collaboration"

Sue Hoyle OBE, Director, Clore Leadership Programme.


Together with the Linbury Trust, DCD supports the annual Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship.

The Fellowship allows dancers to benefit from an individually tailored programme. Past recipients have included Lee Fisher and Toby Norman-Wright from Birmingham Royal Ballet, Daniel de Andrade from Northern Ballet, Sharon Watson from Phoenix Dance Theatre, Will Tuckett from The Royal Ballet and Isabel Mortimer from London Contemporary Dance Theatre and New Adventures.

From 2016, the Dance Fellowship is open to anyone who has worked as a dance artist in the UK for a total of at least 5 years, as a dancer, and who meets the required standard for a Fellowship.

"I want to thank the Dancers' Career Development scheme from the bottom of my heart for funding me to take part in this astonishing experience. It's been a life changer and finding myself in the midst of an inspirational peer group has been such a galvanising and transformative experience. I know that I am only at the beginning of the learning curve that this initiative will afford. I feel honoured and so fortunate. I can't tell you how timely this is."

Ben Wright, 2015/16 Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow


"This year has redefined for me what leadership is - I am very excited about the future with a huge, wise and incredibly fun Clore family in it!"

Malgorzata Dzierzon, 2014/15 Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow


"I am honoured and excited to be offered a Dance Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. The year ahead is going to be full of opportunities and possibilities to further my leadership skills and potential and I simply cannot wait to get started. It is with thanks to the Clore Leadership Programme, Dancers' Career Development, and the Linbury Trust that I am able to embark upon such a wonderful journey"

Martin Hylton, 2012/13 Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow.


Sir John Tusa, Martin Hylton and Dame Vivien Duffield. Photographer: Geoff Wilson.

Meet the 2015-16 Clore Dance Fellow, Ben Wright, here.