Dear Supporter, welcome to your April 2017 newsletter!
Seeking Inspiration? Come to EVOLVE!
LONDON - 23 APRIL | LEEDS - 15 MAY
Places are selling out fast for EVOLVE London on 23 April in partnership with DCD contributing company Rambert - book here!
And make sure not to miss
EVOLVE Leeds on 15 May, in partnership with DCD contributing company Northern Ballet, by registering for your place now.
All the information you need for both workshops is listed below.
is a full day workshop for professional dancers exploring life after a dance career, offering practical tools, insight and inspiration.
Open to all professional dancers, from all genres, at any stage of your career.
Photo credit: Participants at DCD EVOLVE Birmingham taken by DCD supported dancer Tyrone Singleton
Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.
Last Few Places Left for EVOLVE London!
- Date: Sunday 23 April 2017
9:30am - 5pm
- Venue: Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
- Facilitated by: Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer
- Price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
We’re delighted to be joined by DCD supported dancers Lee Bamford, now Administration and HR Manager for Hofesh Shechter Company; and
Miranda Lind, now a qualified specialist teacher for children with dyslexia, who will share their own personal experiences of career transition.
Register Now for EVOLVE Leeds
This is the second time EVOLVE comes to Leeds - watch what happened last time we were there!
Film created by DCD supported dancer Robert Gravenor
DCD supported dancer Anna Nowak, formerly of Company Wayne McGregor will be amongst speakers sharing her own story.
One to one coaching sessions will also be available on Tuesday 16 May!
- Date: Monday 15 May 2017 (followed by one to one coaching sessions on Tuesday 16 May)
9:00am - 4:30pm
- Venue: Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA
- Facilitated by: Jo Wright, DCD Coach
- Price: Early bird: £30 (until 30th April), Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
DCD's An American in Paris Star Studded Fundraising Gala
Thanks to your generous support, together we have raised over £34,000 for independent dancers across the UK
Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Lindsey Brook. Including graphics designed by DCD supported dancer Joe Walkling
DCD's An American in Paris
fundraising Gala at London's Dominion Theatre was a star studded and very special evening in supporting the important work of Dancers' Career Development.
In an unforgettable highlight of the evening, Director and Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took to the stage to garner support for DCD - we're so grateful for his kind words. Christopher was joined on stage by DCD Patron Leslie Caron, who starred in the original 1951 Hollywood film, who shared her own experience of life as a dancer.
The show has since received rave reviews, which you can read by clicking
The support from all those who came along and donated to DCD means that we can continue to expand our unique range of support services to meet the incredible demand from dancers across the UK and in particular for independent dance artists - thank you!
Photo credit: DCD supporter dancer Lindsey Brook. Photo from left to right: Christopher Wheeldon and Leslie Caron; Leslie Caron receiving flowers kindly donated by Bloomsbury Flowers; Strictly Come Dancing stars Ore Oduba, AJ Pritchard with DCD Executive Director Jennifer Curry (top); Strictly Come Dancing stars Daisy Lowe, AJ Pritchard, Louise Redknapp and Jennifer Curry (middle); Christopher Biggins with Jennifer Curry; Strictly Come Dancing stars AJ Pritchard with Rob Rinder (bottom).
Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who helped and supported our An American in Paris fundraising Gala.
In particular, we are so grateful to our Gala Committee who made it all possible, Kathryn Wade, Cherry Gillespie, Jan Francis, Vice-Chair of DCD's Board Charles Glanville, Chair of the Board Zoe van Zwanenberg as well as Celeste Fenichel and Ida Levine. We're also grateful to Gala project manager Laurajane Lavender.
Sincere thanks also to The Dominion Theatre, the
An American in Paris production team, cast and crew, The Mackintosh Foundation, The Linbury Trust, Oberon Books, No1 Rosemary Water Limited, Will Iredale, Acting for Others, Bloomsbury Flowers and The Royal Ballet.
Photo: From left to right: DCD team with DCD supported dancers and volunteers (top); Students of the Central School of Ballet (middle); DCD team and volunteers (bottom)
We couldn't have pulled it off without the amazing helping hands of our volunteers, DCD supported dancers Aude Florentin, Simone Muller-Lotz, Jamie Karitzis, Nick Searle, Makoto Nakamura, Dickson Mbi, Richard Bermange and Amir Giles as well as our bucket donation collectors, students of the Central School of Ballet.
We are grateful to our partners, DCD Contributing Companies and the individuals, trusts and foundations for their ongoing generosity and support for DCD's work.
DCD Supports BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists
Make sure to watch the live final of BBC Young Dancer 2017 on BBC Four on Saturday 22 April.
DCD continues to work in partnership with BBC Young Dancer since its inaugural competition in 2015. DCD provides confidential, bespoke career transition support to the finalists of the competition through individual coaching sessions and group workshops.
Catch up on the Street Dance, Ballet, South Asian Dance and Contemporary category finals on BBC iplayer.
Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund
Photo credit: Ben Stanley. Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund Winners 2017 from left to right: Joe Garbett, Carolina Adewale, Lisa Hood, Jo Rhodes, Mars El Brogy, Sharon Davis, Tom Rowland-Rees, Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-Temple (top); Rashmi Becker, Emma Houston, Clint Sinclair (bottom)
DCD had the honour of being an investment partner in the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit which awarded bursaries totalling more than £20,000 to six dance creatives, with a further four projects offered in-kind support.
The day long event, hosted by East London Dance at Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the second annual event offering artists, producers, venues and organisations from East London and beyond the opportunity to share and exchange enterprising ideas in dance.
The Happiness Project
Tickets have gone up for sale for 'The Happiness Project' at The Place Theatre in London. DCD supported dancer Didy Veldman, Artistic Director of Umanoove and award winning choreographer is performing on 2 and 3 of May.
Check out this video for a little insight:
Mentoring Programme Participants Announced!
Following a peers’ nomination and an evaluation process by an expert panel, 10 dance artists and 8 dance teachers have been selected to take part in One Dance UK’s Dancers’ and Dance Teaching Mentoring Programmes.
Organised by One Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development, the programme recognises the huge importance of supporting the next generation of leading dance artists and dance teachers.
The selected dance artists and dance teachers will benefit from the wisdom, experience and industry insights of a mentor. They range from independent artists, young entrepreneurs, freelance dance teachers to national dance company members.
IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant Deadline - 30 April
Photo credit: Seven for a secret never to be told 4 (c) Hugo Glendinning Rambert
The deadline for the annual IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant for retraining is 30 April 2017.
This grant is meant for professional dancers who have had an international career and who don't qualify for support from any one of the countries where they have danced.
Thinking of applying for a Financial Retraining Grant?
The next deadlines are:
- 2 August at 5pm
- 8 November at 5pm
Make sure you book your one to one consultation at least one week before you submit your application!
For more information or to arrange a consultation in person, over the telephone or via Skype, please contact Ellen or call us on 020 7831 1449 to discuss your plans.
Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Andrew Ross
Gerry Turvey - DCD Transition Tales
Gerry worked as an independent dance artist, participating in projects worldwide, including Africa, America and in Europe. With DCD’s support, Gerry is now an independent choreographer, performer, and yoga teacher.
"I very much appreciated the continuing support from DCD…it was all so helpful to the whole process of transition.”
Are you a DCD supported dancer? We'd love to know what you're up to!
Have You Donated to boundless?
DCD is raising funds to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional independent dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.
No donations too large or small and all very gratefully received! A big thank you to all those who have already donated.
- 23 April - EVOLVE London in partnership with DCD contributing company Rambert
- 15 May - EVOLVE Leeds
in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Northern Ballet
- 2 September - EVOLVE Glasgow in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Scottish Ballet
- 20 November - EVOLVE in London’s West End
at The Prince of Wales Theatre, supported by Delfont Mackintosh
- 20 & 21 April - Coaching in London
- 24 April - Coaching in Birmingham
- 27 April - Coaching in
- 16 May - Coaching in Leeds
Schools and Conservatoires Programme
- 12 May - Schools and Conservatoires Programme Workshops for English National Ballet School 3rd year students
- 17 May - Schools and Conservatoires Programme Workshop for Royal Ballet School
1st year students
- 30 April - IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant deadline
- 2 August at 5pm - DCD Financial Retraining Grant deadline
- 8 November at 5pm - DCD Financial Retraining Grant
Dancers' Career Development is kindly supported by the following Contributing Companies:
Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance
Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet
The Dancers' Career Development Independent Trust is generously supported
The Linbury Trust, The Society of London Theatre, Equity Charitable Trust,
The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, Acting for Others,
The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund and The Mackintosh Foundation.