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Dear Supporter, welcome to your January 2016 newsletter!

Happy New Year from Everyone at DCD!

Help us ring in 2016 by giving just £10 towards our boundless appeal. 

We've had such a fantastic response from our friends and supporters, and now we need just a little more help to hit our target of £6,000. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. 

The funds will help DCD 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. 

Spread the word using #DCDBoundless.

Click on the banner above to watch our boundless appeal film, created by Bennet Gartside, DCD supported dancer and First Soloist with The Royal Ballet and featuring DCD supported dancers Mark Welford, Stephen Wicks and Flick Swan


DCD's Clore Open Afternoon & Q&A

We were delighted that DCD's Clore Open Afternoon & Q&A was packed to the rafters, with over 23 dancers attending the free, informal session at DCD's Transition Centre.

Thank you so much to Clore Fellows Toby Norman-Wright and Daniel de Andrade as well as to Clore Fellowship Manager Sharon Armstrong Williams who sat on a panel telling dancers about their own experiences during the Fellowship, offering practical information about how to apply and sharing with us their top tips.

The event was live tweeted using #DCDClore and a summary of Q&A and notes from the session are now available to all dancers who are interested, so please just contact Ellen to request your copy.

The information session came about as DCD announced that from 2016, for the first time, the eligibility criteria for the Clore Leadership Programme’s Dance Fellowship has been expanded to include independent dancers.

I very much enjoyed the event and the energy of the room. Many thanks, DCD is doing great work!

DCD, together with the Linbury Trust, supports the annual Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship and will also be providing support for the Emerging Leaders and Short Courses - details to follow in 2016.

Applications for the Clore Leadership Programme’s Dance Fellowship are now open. The deadline is 12pm on Friday 12th February.

Photo: From the left: Clore Fellow Toby Norman-Wright, Clore Fellowship Manager Sharon Armstrong Williams, Clore Fellow Daniel de Andrade and DCD's Executive Director Jennifer Curry


Top Tips for Dancers: 

Top Tips from Clore Fellows:

  • As a dancer, don't devalue your leadership skills! There are so many opportunities you can leverage
  • Talk to DCD, use that support, that conversation is really helpful
  • Demonstrate what leadership means to you - what difference can you make as a cultural leader?
  • Throw yourself into the Fellowship, it's an investment - you get out what you put in
  • There are many levels of leadership that can make a difference - put yourself in a leadership position at any level that you can
  • Think big!

Photo: DCD Supported dancer Leon Baugh dancing with Hofesh Shechter. Photo Credit: Carl Fox


2015 Year in Review

Just this past year, DCD has:

  • Reached over 400 dancers through our transition support services 
  • Delivered over 150 transition coaching sessions and over 200 one to one consultations
  • Held 3 EVOLVE workshops with over 50 dancers attending, including our first in Scotland
  • Delivered 5 student workshops for The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Trinity Laban
  • Awarded £210,000 in Financial Re-training Grants
  • Raised over £95,000 through Trusts and Foundations, individual giving, boundless, Spotlight 10k run, London Marathon and Legacies - thank you!
  • Welcomed a new Chair of the Board and one new member of staff
  • Travelled to Seoul with Leanne Benjamin where we were invited to speak at the International Symposium on Career Transition and to take part in the IOTPD Annual Conference
  • Worked with the BBC to provide a support package to the 6 BBC Young Dancers Finalists

What an incredible year! Thank you to all our friends and supporters who helped make it all possible. 


Thinking of applying for a Financial Retraining Grant?

The next deadline is Wednesday 17th February 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


Ayo (Jones) Smith - DCD Transition Tales

Ayo has danced and taught with companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Irie Dance Theatre, Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble and ACE Dance and Music. With DCD's help, Ayo successfully retrained to become a Personal and Executive Coach in 2015.

Transitions can feel overwhelming and daunting, however they can also be a great source of reflection, a time to pause, gather thoughts and to learn.


Coming Up...

  • 27th January - DCD visit to Trinity Laban's 3rd Year Students
  • 12th February - Deadline for applications for Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship
  • 17th February - Financial Retraining Grant deadline
  • 23rd February - DCD Contributing Companies HR Directors’ Day 
  • 30th April - IOTPD Grant deadline
  • EVOLVE 2016 - Coming to Birmingham, Cardiff and this space!

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.