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Dear Supporter, welcome to your September 2015 newsletter!

English National Ballet

It's not too late to join Dancers' Career Development at a performance by DCD Contributing Company, English National Ballet, at Sadler's Wells Theatre

This Wednesday, 9th September 2015

Just a handful of tickets remain for this special evening to celebrate Dancers' Career Development's decades of providing career transition services to all UK-based dancers and introduce DCD's new Chair, Zoë van Zwanenberg. We're delighted to be joined by special guest, Arlene Phillips CBE.

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 plus a chance to meet some of DCD's supported dancers, including Leanne Benjamin AM OBE, Dane Hurst and Steven McRae, before and after the performance.

To reserve your ticket, please contact Nancy Liiv, Administrator, using the link below or contact us.

Photo: Dust, 2014. Photo © Photography by ASH


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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


Get an exclusive look at our new EVOLVE Glasgow film by Scottish Ballet dancer, Lewis Landini

We are proud to reveal a new film by Scottish Ballet dancer and filmmaker, Lewis Landini, created at EVOLVE Glasgow on 1st May 2015.

PS. Don't miss EVOLVE London - details below!

Spotlight 10k Challenge

Support Team DCD to run the Spotlight 10k Challenge!

This Sunday 13th September, Regents Park

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.

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!

Team DCD are kindly sponsored by BLOCH.

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Limited spaces remaining on EVOLVE London

Sunday 11th October, Royal Opera House

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.

EVOLVE London is almost sold out, so complete our booking form now to reserve your place.

EVOLVE is designed especially to support and empower professional dancers to navigate their career transition. Find out more about EVOLVE and watch Lewis Landini's film from EVOLVE Glasgow.

To listen to others, opening up, working as a team, sharing and not being afraid is key. Being scared of change and transition is normal.

Constance Devernay, Scottish Ballet dancer and EVOLVE participant

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.

Places cost £30 and are in short supply!


BBC Young Dancer Workshop

Dancers' Career Development are working in partnership with BBC Young Dancer Competition to provide aftercare to the finalists: Kieran Lai; Jacob O’Connell; Vidya Patel; Archie Sullivan; Harry Barnes and Competition winner Connor Scott.

In addition to individual coaching support, the dancers will participate in a special EVOLVE workshop on Friday 18th September, where they will be joined by former Royal Ballet dancer, Michael Stojko, and Rambert dancer, Dane Hurst, who will kindly be sharing insights into their careers in dance.

The partnership aims to support the dancers to investigate and realise their potential and to explore, share, dare and dream about their future.


Annual Company Visits

During August, DCD's Executive Director, Jennifer Curry, and Grants and Careers Officer, Ellen Chambers, visited many of DCD's Contributing Companies.

We had the pleasure of visiting The Royal Ballet, Rambert, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet to update dancers and staff on DCD's support and developments. 

I left feeling more at peace about the future.

We were joined by DCD Retrained Dancers, Farooq Chaudhry, Nelson Fernandez OBE, Vladislav Bubnov and Tony Norman-Wright, who all kindly shared their stories and insights into career transition. Thank you!

We visited Northern Ballet in July and look forward to visiting Richard Alston Dance Company on Friday 11th September.

If you'd like to arrange a DCD visit to your company, please contact us.

Photo: DCD Retrained Dancer, Amber Hunt


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 11th November 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.