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Dear Supporter, welcome to your April 2016 newsletter!


DCD to Offer Clore Course Bursaries

We are delighted to announce that Dancers’ Career Development, with support from the Linbury Trust, will offer bursaries in 2016/17 for independent and company dancers to undertake the Clore Leadership Programme’s Emerging Leaders and Short Courses.

One bursary will be available for the Short Course, a two-week residential course, and two bursaries will be available for the Emerging Leaders Course, an intense, five-day residential course. Both courses provide intensive training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today.

The courses aim to equip ambitious and creative individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference with practical skills and tools, and offer individual and group learning as well as opportunities to listen to cultural leaders talk about their experiences of leadership, and what they have learned along the way.

Application dates will be announced shortly so watch this space!

DCD, together with the Linbury Trust, also supports the Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Andrew Ross

Recipients of Prestigious Special Retraining Bursaries for Independent Dancers Announced

Congratulations to Vanessa Abreu, recipient of the Maude Lloyd & Rudolf Nureyev Bursary; Lauren Dowse and Jamie Karitzis, recipients of the Wallace Potts Bursaries; Hayley Reed, who has been awarded the Bettine Goldberg Teaching Bursary; and finally Rosalind Noctor, recipient of the William Chappell Bursary.

Exceptional applications from independent dancers who have applied to DCD for a Financial Retraining Grant can be considered for Special Bursaries relating to various specialist fields, including teaching, design and film-making. 

These special bursaries are available thanks to generous grants including from The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation; Acting for Others; The Mackintosh Foundation; a generous legacy from the late Mrs Bettine Goldberg; and a donation by DCD's former chair Tony Dyson for the William Chappell Bursary.

Our heartfelt congratulations to all the recipients!

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Asya Verzhbinsky 


Top Tips for Dancers: 

If for any reason you are not eligible for grant assistance from DCD, there are still many other options you can explore!

Services offered to all professional dancers from all genres of dance, regardless of their funding eligibility – including confidential one-to-one consultations; Careers Profiling; Transition Coaching; EVOLVE Workshops; Networking and Mentoring. 

​DCD is a founding member of the IOTPD, an international network of organisations offering professional dancers resources and support. DCD actively work to support international dancers through the IOTPD, including attending the upcoming annual IOTPD meeting and LEAP conference in Canada in the Autumn, as well as through our membership of the Creative Industries Federation, assessing the impact on artists if the UK were to leave the EU. 

This 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 next deadline is 30 April 2016.

  • Check out other organisations who may be able to provide assistance

DCD is a part of Acting for Others - some charities within this umbrella organisation also support dancers including Equity Charitable Trust (ECT) and the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF). You can also contact the national body for dance in the UK, One Dance UK – find more organisations who may be able help here.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Pari Naderi


Catch A Dancer Dies Twice on BBC

If you missed the gripping BBC Radio 4 documentary examining dancer transition and featuring DCD entitled A Dancer Dies Twice, you can still catch it on BBC iplayer.

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Johan Persson

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.


Have You Booked Your Place for EVOLVE 2016 Yet?

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

Coming to:

  • 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 - Saturday 10 September, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Richard Alston Dance Company at The Place

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


Dickson Mbi - DCD Transition Tales

Independent dance artist Dickson boasts a successful career in HipHop culture and Modern Dance. As well as competing all around the world in Popping he is currently studying an MA degree in choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, with DCD's support.

"The DCD offered so much support to me; not just financially, but more emotionally, and really took their time to listen to my  ideas in a safe and welcoming manner".

Photo credit: Dickson Mbi


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 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


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


Coming Up...

  • 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
  • 16 July – West End Bake off in aid of Acting for Others
  • 10 September - EVOLVE London
  • 11 September - Spotlight 10k Challenge in aid of Acting for Others
  • 17 & 24 October – Official Acting for Others theatre collection weeks
  • 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 FoundationActing for Others, The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund and The Mackintosh Foundation.