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Happy Holidays

From everyone at DCD, warmest greetings and best wishes for the New Year!

Dear Supporter, welcome to your December 2015 newsletter!


Clore Fellowship Programme Eligibility Criteria To Be Opened To All Dancers

From 2016, for the first time, we are very excited to announce that we will be expanding the eligibility criteria for the Clore Leadership Programme’s Dance Fellowship to include all dancers who have performed in the UK for at least five years.

Applicants will no longer be required to have performed with one of DCD’s Contributing Companies for a fixed period. Instead, the Dance Fellowship is open to anyone who has worked as a dance artist in the UK for a total of at least 5 years, as a dancer, and who meets the required standard for a Fellowship. 

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 open on 8th January 2016. This is a prestigious opportunity and we encourage dancers to find out more at our Open Afternoon on 12th January 2016.


'Tis the Season! Give Just £10 to boundless 

Give just £10 towards helping us to raise £6,000 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.


Come Along to DCD's Clore Open Afternoon and Q&A - 12th January 2016

Whether you're thinking of applying for the Clore Leadership Programme’s Dance Fellowship or just want to find out more, come along to our information afternoon for prospective Dance Fellowship applicants on Tuesday 12th January 2016 at 2-4pm here at the DCD Transition Centre, where we will be joined by Sharon Armstrong-Williams, Clore Fellowship Manager as well as Clore Dance Fellows, Daniel de Andrade and Toby Norman-Wright.

The free session will provide an informal opportunity for dancers to find out more about the programme, the application process and ask any questions you might have.

RSVP by 4th January 2016 to - hurry, places are limited!

We'll be live tweeting from the event and taking questions from anyone who can't attend using the hashtag #DCDClore.


DCD Schools Programme Extended 

We're absolutely delighted that our successful pilot scheme with The Royal Ballet School has been extended for another year.

The programme is designed to develop happy, confident, motivated professional dancers who are prepared for professional life.

A big thank you to all our DCD retrained dancers who have given their time to come and speak to the students!


Top Tips for Dancers

What can I be doing now?

  • Don't bury your head in the sand
  • Think big!
  • Explore your interests - talk, shadow, try
  • Make good use of your time
  • Keep track of your skills and experience
  • Reach out to DCD for support!

Photo Credit: DCD Supported Dancer Andrej Uspenski


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


Robert Gravenor - DCD Transition Tales

Robert is a former dancer with The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet  who, with DCD's support, has pursued a successful  new career in filmmaking after retiring in 2011.

Although it is challenging facing so many uncertainties and it can be unnerving at times it’s really important to be happy and enjoy the journey.


DCD Transition Centre Christmas Opening Hours

Please note that the DCD Transition Centre will be closed for the Christmas break from end of business hours on Friday 18th December and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2016. 

Enjoy the festive break!


Coming Up...

  • 8th January - Applications open for Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellowship (deadline 12th February)
  • 12th January, 2-4pm - DCD's Clore Open Afternoon and Q&A
  • 17th February - Financial Retraining 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.