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Dear Supporter, welcome to your October 2016 newsletter!


15 March 2017 - Save the Date!

Dancers’ Career Development is delighted to inform you of its upcoming Fundraising Gala Performance of the Award winning An American in Paris.

Photo credit: Original Broadway cast photography by Angela Sterling and Matt Murphy

7:30pm, Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the newly refurbished historic Dominion Theatre in London.

Proceeds will go towards supporting Independent Dancers across the UK. 

We hope you will keep this evening free and join us to raise funds to enable these dancers to successfully transition into a post-performance career.

All tickets are in the Dress Circle at £100 each to include interval drinks and a reception with cast members following the performance.

We know from previous successful galas that tickets will be in high demand, so if you wish to reserve your seats now, please register your interest by contacting


Clore Fellowship  Graduates

Photo credit: Dame Vivien Duffield with the Clore 12 graduating Fellows. Photography: Hugh Hill, Clore Leadership Programme 2016

We were delighted to attend the Clore Leadership Programme 2015/16 Fellows Graduation ceremony.

Particular congratulations to dancer and 2015/16 Fellow, Ben Wright, whom DCD supported to undertake the Fellowship, alongside The Linbury Trust. Ben is an independent choreographer and is the Associate Artistic Director of Skånes Dansteater, Sweden’s largest independent dance company.

[The Fellowship] has been an astonishing experience that I will treasure and reflect upon for the rest of my life.” Ben Wright, Clore Fellow

Anthony Missen, Artistic Director of Company Chameleon, is currently undertaking the Clore Dance Fellowship.

We will be hosting another Clore Open Afternoon and Q&A soon, an informal opportunity for dancers to find out more about the programme, the application process and ask any questions you might have - so watch this space!  

Just a few days until EVOLVE Birmingham!

Coming for the first time to Birmingham on Monday 31 October, in partnership with DCD Contributing Company Birmingham Royal Ballet, EVOLVE is a full day workshop giving you the chance to explore career transition with confidence and positivity.

Dancers will hear first hand from DCD supported dancers about their own experiences of career transition, including DCD supported dancers, Simone Muller-Lotz and Josh Tuifua.

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

Last few places left, so don't miss out and book your place now!


Birmingham Transition Coaching Slots Available

There are transition coaching slots available with DCD's Director of Coaching, Isabel Mortimer, as well as one to one consultation slots with Dancer Support and Services Officer, Ellen Chambers, whilst we're in Birmingham for EVOLVE, on Tuesday 1 November - sign up now!


Release of New EVOLVE Cardiff Film

Be inspired and get a taste of EVOLVE by watching this newly released film from EVOLVE Cardiff, created by DCD retrained dancer, Matteo Marfoglia .


Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Nicole Guarino

Top Transition Tips for Dancers:

  • Draw on your family and friends for support


  • Assessing what is important to you is key - what do you want this change to do for you?


  • Voluntary work is a great way to build experience in a new area you're interested in transitioning into


  • Plan how you will fund your transition - DCD and other organisations can help!


  • Your next job doesn't have to be your passion - it is one element of your whole life and most people will have a number of different careers in their lifetime


  • Ask for help - DCD are here for all dancers!

Anna Lowe - DCD Transition Tales

Anna is a former professional, independent dancer.

With DCD's support, Anna has successfully built a new career and is currently Programme Manager at the British Council.

"With unique experiences to draw upon, dancers often have a refreshing take on the ‘norm’​".

Anna shared her inspiring story at our most recent EVOLVE London workshop.


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


Greig Cooke

Web Development  Offer

DCD supported dancer Greig Cooke has re-branded and launched a new website for his services as a web designer and internet marketing consultant.

As part of the launch he is offering 20% off to DCD supported dancers on his services until 20 November 2016!

Elaine Mayson

A Ballerina in Danger

DCD supported dancer Elaine Mayson publishes her second book in the Isabella and the Pink House Series. The magical adventure stories are aimed at 5-8 years. Visit Elaine's website to find out more.

Didy Veldman


Photo credit: Richard Haughton

DCD supported dancer Didy Veldman has recently formed her own company, UMANOOVE, to develop and perform her latest work, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT which premieres at Ipswich Jerwood DanceHouse on 4 November before touring.


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


Don't miss A Dancer's Journey

A Dancer's Journey is a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

If you haven't yet had the chance to watch it, grab a cuppa and watch it now!

Thinking of applying for a Financial Retraining Grant?

Photo credit: DCD supported dancer Andrew Ross

The next deadline is Wednesday 16 November 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.


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.


Coming Up...

  • 31 October - EVOLVE Birmingham
  • 1 November - Birmingham Transition Coaching and One to One Consultations as part of EVOLVE
  • 1 & 16 November - Action Learning first set meetings, in partnership with Independent Dance
  • 14 November - DCD nationwide Coaching programme launches in Birmingham with Professional Coach Jo Wright. Book your session here
  • 16 November - Financial Retraining Grant deadline
  • 22 November - DCD workshop for The Royal Ballet School second year students

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.