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Dear Supporter, welcome to your March 2016 newsletter!


Dancer Transition on BBC Radio 4

Make sure you tune into BBC Radio 4 at 4pm on Monday 4 April to listen to the documentary examining dancer transition entitled A Dancer Dies Twice.

Featuring DCD retrained dancer Natasha Hooper, DCD Director of Coaching Isabel Mortimer and recordings from DCD's Schools and Conservatoires Programme workshop delivered for English National Ballet School.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Johan Persson


Donate just £10 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 to large or small, and all greatly appreciated.



Coming for the First Time Ever to Cardiff and Birmingham and Returning to London

  • Cardiff - Thursday 5 May, in partnership with National Dance Company Wales

  • Birmingham - Monday 31 October, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet

  • London - date to be announced shortly - watch this space! In partnership with DCD Contributing Company Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place

EVOLVE is a full day workshop giving you the chance to explore career transition with confidence and positivity.

Open to dancers from all genres of professional dance – from classical, contemporary to musical theatre and commercial.

"All dancers need to come to EVOLVE, it doesn't matter what stage you’re at in your career, it’s important to start thinking about who else you are, outside of dance". Rachael Nanyonjo, Independent dance artist

Places will be limited – to register your interest now email Ellen.


Exclusive Release of EVOLVE London #2 Film

As part of announcing our latest EVOLVE 2016 dates, we are very excited to release the latest the film from EVOLVE London #2 which took place at the Royal Opera House in October 2015, created by DCD retrained dancer, Daniel Jones.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Nicole Guarino


Talking Transition with Dance Students

We're delighted to have delivered a workshop to the English National Ballet School second year students in February, as part of DCD's Schools and Conservatoires Programme. 

Thank you so much to DCD retrained dancers Ryan Chappell, now a Fashion Designer, Josh Tuifua, a Dance Educator and Malgorzata Dzierzon, a Producer and Choreographer and Clore Fellow, who kindly spent time sharing their experience with the students and answering their questions. 

In March, DCD returned to ENBS to deliver a session with the first year students, accompanied by former principal at English National Ballet and DCD supported dancer, Elena Glurjidze.

This session focused on identifying dancers’ skills and how these can be transferable to other careers outside of performing.

If you are a school or vocational training institution interested in DCD providing a similar programme for your students, or for more information, please contact us.


Adam Salter - DCD Transition Tales

Adam enjoyed a successful career in musical theatre in the West End and internationally before retraining as a personal trainer, with DCD's support.

"You have to face your fears and plan ahead and talk to as many people as possible".

Photo credit: Brightspark Photographic


Check out some of the amazing things DCD retrained dancers are up to...


Ali Golding

RSA Blog: Stepping Into Neurodance 

Is it possible to be both an artiste and a scientist? Check out this piece by DCD supported dancer Ali Golding.


Jenna Lee

A World Away

Don't miss this short dance film exploring a wonderful sculptural piece of jewellery by John Moore with choreography by DCD supported dancer Jenna Lee.


Daniel Jones


30 Daniel Jones DANCE dancers ranging from 7 to 54 years of age performed Capulets at MOVE IT 2016.

Daniel also created the fantastic EVOLVE London #2 film you can watch above.


Are you a DCD supported dancer? We'd love to know what you're up to!


DCD at Equity Skillshare Event

DCD's Grants and Careers Officer Ellen Chambers will be speaking at the first of Equity's new Skillshare session on 24 March. This is a free event.

These sessions are a chance to learn more about your rights, Equity’s role in the industry and to hear from different speakers from within the Dance Community.

Ellen will be giving an overview and will answer questions on the support that DCD can provide for dancers in the freelance sector, whether you are considering transitioning now or are curious about your options for the future.

Photo credit: Lisa Welham by Saad Charif

Consider a career in choreography

DCD Contributing Company Rambert has just launched its new Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. 

The Fellowship is aimed at professional dancers who want to make the transition to working full time as a choreographer.

Applications are now open and the deadline for applying is 25 April.

Full details can be found on Rambert's website.

Photo credit: Benedict Johnson

Thinking of applying for a Financial Retraining Grant?

The next deadline is Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 5pm.

Make sure you book your one to one consultation 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


Coming Up...

  • 24 March - DCD speaking at Skillshare // Equity Freelance Dance Network
  • 4 April - 4pm, A Dancer Dies Twice on BBC Radio 4
  • 20 April - The Royal Ballet School workshop for first year students
  • 29 April - English National Ballet School workshop for third year students
  • 30 April - IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant deadline
  • 5 May - EVOLVE Cardiff
  • 25 May - Financial Retraining Grant deadline
  • 31 October - EVOLVE Birmingham

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, The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund and The Mackintosh Foundation.