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Dear Friend, welcome to your August 2015 newsletter!


Book now for EVOLVE London!

All professional dancers are invited to join us as EVOLVE returns to London on Sunday 11th October 2015 at the Royal Opera House, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, The Royal Ballet. Complete our booking form.

EVOLVE is designed especially to support and empower professional dancers to navigate their career transition. Find out more about EVOLVE.

The future is now exciting - I feel a warm sense of empowerment. 

Joelle Pappas, independent dancer

We are delighted to announce that former Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Jaimie Persson, and former Rambert and Richard Alston Dance Company dancer and independent artist, Jonathan Goddard, will be sharing their stories at EVOLVE London. Find out more about our speakers.

Tickets cost £25 until Monday 31st August, and £30 thereafter. Places are in high demand, so don't miss out - book now.


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We are recruiting a talented and innovative Communications Officer

This is a new post within DCD’s core team, successfully devising and delivering all communications activity and providing communications support to the DCD team.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 11th September 2015


Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme Mentees announced

Dance UK, in partnership with DCD, Youth Dance England and National Dance Teachers Association, has announced the 2015/16 Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme Mentees.


Join DCD and special guests at ENB's Lest We Forget on 9th September

Please join us and special guest Arlene Philips CBE for a chance to meet some of the many Dancers’ Career Development supported dancers, including: Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, Farooq Chaudhry, Dane Hurst, Daria Klimentova, Steven McRae and Isabel Mortimer.

Dancers’ Career Development welcomes you to a performance by DCD Contributing Company, English National Ballet, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Wednesday, 9 September. Your ticket will include a programme, drinks, canapés and bowl food and a top-priced stalls seat for ENB’s award winning triple bill Lest We Forget. This evening celebrates Dancers’ Career Development’s decades of providing career transition services to all UK-based dancers and introduces DCD’s new Chair, Zoë van Zwanenberg.

Tickets are £100 to help cover DCD’s costs of the event. There is limited availability, so RSVP now.

Photo: Dust, 2014. Photo © Photography by ASH


Visit to Northern Ballet

DCD's Grants and Careers Officer, Ellen Chambers, visited DCD Contributing Company, Northern Ballet, on Tuesday 21st July to update and inform the dancers and staff of our latest news and projects. DCD Retrained Dancer, Michael Berkin, Managing Director of Professional Dance Experience, kindly shared his Transition Tale with the dancers.

Over the coming weeks we are also visiting DCD Contributing Companies The Royal Ballet, Rambert and English National Ballet.

Support Team DCD

Support Team DCD to run the Spotlight 10k Challenge!

Team DCD, featuring Scottish Ballet's Chief Executive/Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson, DCD Executive Director, Jennifer Curry and a host of dancers, will be taking on the Spotlight 10k Challenge in Regents Park on Sunday 13th September.

DCD Executive Director, Jennifer Curry, said:

Training for the Spotlight 10k Challenge is going well, with some 6k runs in the summer sunshine under my belt. We are thrilled to have such a strong team including some members from DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet! This week Rebecca and I had a lunchtime run around the busy streets of Farringdon near the DCD Transition Centre. What kept us going was knowing that all of the money raised by Team DCD will go to professional dancers, who inspire us every day with their transition journeys. Please do donate via the link below and come along to cheer Team DCD on the day, we’d love you see you there!

Please show your support and donate now! Every penny raised by Team DCD will go towards supporting dancers all across the UK. Meet Team DCD here.

You can also come and cheer on Team DCD on the day. Contact our volunteer, Rebecca Delgado, on for more details. Thank you!

Independent Dance

Independent Dance: The Gill Clarke Resources Fund

This new fund provides dance artists on a low income with tangible resources they require for their professional development and research, such as books, journals, DVDs, or music.


IOTPD Phillippe Braunschweig Grant recipient announced

The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) is pleased to announce that the 2015 IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant has been awarded to musical theatre dancer, Katie Allday.

The annual competitive grant is awarded to a dancer, at or near the end of their performance career, who has had an international career and does not qualify for transition support from any one of the countries where they have danced. The grant, sponsored by the IOTPD to honour its Founding President, Philippe Braunschweig, is to help defray the costs associated with retraining for a second career.

The application deadline for the 2016 IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant is April 30, 2016.

Dancers’ Career Development was the first Transition Centre world-wide and a founding member of the IOTPD.


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.