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Dear , welcome to our May 2015 newsletter!

Leanne Benjamin

Leanne Benjamin AM OBE to speak at international career transition conference in South Korea

Former Royal Ballet Principal and DCD Retrained Dancer, Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, will join DCD Executive Director Jennifer Curry at the International Symposium on Career Transition for Dancers, which will be held on Saturday 30th May at Seoul Cyber University.

The symposium is organised by the Dancers’ Career Development Center in Korea and will be followed by the annual meeting of the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers, of which Dancers’ Career Development is a founding member.

Dancers’ Career Development’s attendance at the Symposium has been made possible by the kind and generous support of Asiana Airlines.

Photo above: Jason Bell

Asiana Airlines
BBC Young Dancer 2015

BBC Young Dancer 2015 – Dancers’ Career Development to provide the aftercare for young finalists   

Dancers’ Career Development are delighted to be providing an aftercare package designed specifically for the six BBC Young Dancer Competition finalists: Kieran Lai; Jacob O’Connell; Vidya Patel; Archie Sullivan; Harry Barnes and competition winner Connor Scott.

Following the inaugural BBC Young Dancer Competition, which culminated in a live final on Saturday 9th May at Sadler’s Wells, Dancers’ Career Development will work closely with all finalists in the coming 12 months.


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Lisa Welham

Now I'm working for NBC Universal as their Fitness Brand Ambassador.

Lisa Welham, DCD Retrained Dancer and Dance and Fitness Professional

West End Bake Off

West End Bake-Off, 23rd May

The stars of London theatre will be out in force later this month at the first West End Bake Off in aid of Acting For Others.

The event will be held in St Anne’s Church Courtyard, next to the Queen’s Theatre, from 11:00 to 13:00 on Saturday 23 May.

EVOLVE Glasgow

DCD delivers EVOLVE Workshop in Glasgow

On Friday 1st May, we delivered the fourth EVOLVE Workshop for all professional dancers, this time at DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet's home at Tramway, Glasgow, in partnership with Scottish Ballet, Dance House Glasgow and The Work Room as part of Dance International Glasgow.

Thank you all so much for brilliant EVOLVE workshop. I really enjoyed my experience and even took my notes from the day to the U.S. Tour with me, as they now are my top tips for how to handle the transformation process! Thank you again for your hard work and personal approach - DCD you are one of a kind and very special organisation indeed. I feel privileged to be part of your support!

Eve Mutso, Principal dancer, Scottish Ballet

The next EVOLVE Workshop takes place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 11th October 2015. Contact us to register your interest.

Photo: Rimbaud Patron

Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson runs the London Marathon for DCD

On Sunday 26th April, DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director and Acting Chief Executive, Christopher Hampson, ran 26.2 miles across the capital in the 2015 Virgin Money London for Dancers' Career Development.

Thank you to all those who have so generously supported Christopher. So far Christopher has raised £5,256.20 for dancers!

I want to thank everybody that supported DCD for the London Marathon. Personally, I had an amazing day and couldn't have done it without the support of Team DCD. Knowing we've raised double our target means we can help dancers straight away.

You can still show your support by sponsoring Christopher until the end of May. Thank you!


DCD Retrained Dancer Michael Berkin hosts seminar for ballet teachers

DCD supported Michael Berkin, who performed with Northern Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, in 2011 to complete the 'Ballet in Education' course, and in 2013 towards the cost of his degree in Business Studies.

Michael went on to establish his own dance teaching business, Professional Dance Experience, and is now offering a Ballet Teacher Seminar on Sunday 24th May in Leeds.


Applications open for 2015 Dancers' and Dance Teachers Mentoring 

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 now accepting applications for the 2015-16 mentoring programmes.

Open to dancers and dance teachers in England, Wales and Scotland who have been identified by their peers as future leaders, the successful applicants will be matched with high-level mentors to identify their skills and areas of interest and develop leadership potential.

Thinking Big Panel

DCD ‘Thinking Big’ panel at the Dance UK Conference

Powerful, beautiful, honest, inspiring.

On Saturday 11th April DCD hosted a panel discussion ‘Career Transition for Dancers: Thinking Big’ at Dance UK’s industry wide conference for dance, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations.

Our panellist included, amongst others, Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director of Rambert, Dr Anne Hogan, Director of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance and Amanda Hancox, Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Center in Canada.

Photo: Fotini Christofilopoulou 



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 27 May at 5pm.

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


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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.