Who can apply for funding?

'I have learnt to diversify, to expand my knowledge and information as a performer, dancer and SRT teacher into all kinds of contexts, environments to work with different kinds of people.... it has increased my skills and given me an exciting, rich, varied career that keeps expanding' Florence Peake, DCD supported dancer. Read more of Florence's story here

Dancers' Career Development offers Financial Retraining Grants to all eligible professional dancers in the United Kingdom, whatever their artistic background:

  • Company dancers
  • Independent dancers
  • Commercial dancers
  • Small & medium scale company dancers
  • Film/TV & Music Video dancers
  • Cruise ship dancers

Awards are granted by the DCD Company Division to support retraining plans submitted by eligible dancers of its eight contributing member companies. The DCD Independent Division supports all other eligible dancers who have performed outside these companies.

All practical, educational and emotional support services offered by DCD are free of charge and accessible to all professional dancers in the United Kingdom. However, to become eligible for funding from either the Independent Division or Company Division dancers have to fulfil a set of given criteria outlined further in the Eligibility section of this website.