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Dear , welcome to our June 2015 newsletter!


We need you to join Team DCD for the Spotlight 10k Challenge!

Swap your dance shoes for running trainers and join Team DCD to raise money for Dancers' Career Development at the Spotlight 10k Challenge on Sunday 13th September 2015 at Regents Park, London. Visit the Spotlight 10k Challenge website.

We need you to join Team DCD by Tuesday 30th June! Complete our online sign up form now.

You can also volunteer and come along to cheer on Team DCD on the day. Follow #RunforDancers on Twitter.

The event is being held in aid of Acting for Others, an umbrella organisation which represents 15 theatrical charities, including Dancers’ Career Development. All sponsorship raised by Team DCD at the Spotlight 10K Challenge will go directly to Dancers' Career Development.

DCD's Executive Director, Jennifer Curry, is already in training! Please join Team DCD today by completing our sign up form.


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Emma Greenhalgh

Think about the possibilities before you think of retirement

Emma Greenhalgh, DCD Retrained Dancer and Massage Therapist.


Visit to English National Ballet School

On Friday 5th June, DCD Retrained Dancer, Jaimie Tapper, joined DCD's Grants and Careers Officer Ellen Chambers, at the English National Ballet School.

Jaimie, a former Principal of The Royal Ballet who currently manages a maternal health programme for Shoreditch Trust and is coming to the end of  an MSc in Occupational Psychology, kindly shared her inspiring Transition Tale with the third year students. Thank you Jaimie!

IOTPD South Korea

From L-R: Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, Paul Bronkhorst, Sun Hye Hur, Pierre-Marie Quéré and Paul Waarts. 

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE speaks at International Transition Conference and DCD attends annual IOTPD meeting in Seoul, South Korea

During my time in Seoul I was inspired by the energy and commitment of Dancers’ Career Development and their quest to give dancers comfort both during and after their transition from dance.

 I am eager to help raise awareness of the importance of Dancers’ Career Development and to offer my support to the many dancers across the UK who benefit from this critical organisation.    

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE    

Attended by over 150 delegates from Korea and worldwide, the International Career Transition Symposium – ‘Professional Dancers, Design a New Tomorrow' was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Seoul Cyber University, who had generously supported both the symposium and the IOTPD Conference.

DCD were honoured that Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, former Principal with The Royal Ballet, joined the DCD Executive Director Jennifer Curry for a Q&A. Leanne discussed her prolific performance career, as well as giving insights into her transition journey to date and the importance of the support she received from Dancers’ Career Development.    

Find out more about the IOTPD.


Dancers' and Dance Teaching Mentoring Programmes

Dance UK, supported by Arts Council England and working in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, the National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England, is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 mentoring programmes.

Dancers' Mentoring Programme Deadline: Monday 15th June at 5pm

Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme Deadline: Tuesday 30th June at 5pm.


Register your interest for EVOLVE London

EVOLVE Workshops allow all professional dancers to discover their potential, unlock new possibilities and explore pathways in an energised, open and safe environment.

The next EVOLVE takes place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 11th October. Please register your interest now.


DCD supported dancer Jeremy Sheffield wins British Soap Award

Congratulations to DCD supported dancer and professional actor, Jeremy Sheffield, who won 'Villain of the Year' at the British Soap Awards last month for his role as Patrick Blake in Hollyoaks.

Jeremy danced with The Royal Ballet between 1984 and 1992.


West End Bake Off raises £3,500 for Acting for Others

Thanks to everyone who attended the very first West End Bake Off on Saturday 23rd May at St Anne's Church Courtyard, London.

The event raised £3,500 for Acting for Others, the umbrella organisation that represents 15 theatrical charities, including Dancers’ Career Development.

Paula Fitzgerald

Dancers invited to participate in doctoral study: "Turning Pointe"

Paula Fitzgerald (Birkbeck, University of London) would like to invite professional ballet dancers across different stages of their careers to take part in her doctoral research study into how ballet dancers create (and recreate) their identities at work over the life span of their careers.

Photo: Rimbaud Patron 


Support a professional dancer to navigate career transition through the boundless appeal.

Help us to raise £6,000 to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.


Thinking of applying for a Financial Retraining Grant?

The next deadline is Wednesday 26 August at 5pm.

Please contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on 020 7831 1449 or to discuss your plans.


Coming up...

Photo: Amber Hunt


Thank you

Dancers' Career Development is kindly supported by the following Contributing Companies: 
Birmingham Royal BalletEnglish National BalletNorthern BalletRambert Dance CompanyRichard Alston Dance CompanyScottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet

The Dancers' Career Development Independent Trust is generously supported by: 
The Linbury TrustThe Society of London TheatreEquity Charitable Trust
The Rudolf Nureyev FoundationCombined Theatrical Charities and The Mackintosh Foundation.