Bursaries for Contemporary Dancers

Dancers' Career Development supports dancers from all backgrounds and genres through our range of Transition Support Services.

In November 2014, we are delighted to offer an exceptional opportunity for dancers who have performed in the contemporary genre to gain additional support with their retraining costs.

Working in partnership with The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, applicants to the Independent Trust from a contemporary or classical background can apply for additional support for childcare and/or travel costs associated with undertaking their retraining.

In addition, thanks to the support of The Nureyev Foundation, applicants to the Independent Trust can be considered for the Maude Lloyd and Rudolf Nureyev Bursary of £3,000, for an exceptional application from a contemporary dancer, and the Wallace Potts Bursary of £3,000, for a dancer who is retraining into the field of filmmaking.

To be eligible for support from Dancers' Career Development, dancers must have a minimum of eight years as a professional dancer with at least five of those years spent in the UK.

All eligible dancers who have submitted a completed funding application to Dancers' Career Development by Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 5pm will be considered for the Maude Lloyd and Rudolf Nureyev Bursary, and the Wallace Potts Bursary.

Download the guidelines for applying and the application materials here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the DCD team on 020 7831 1449 or admin@thedcd.org.uk.

Winifred Burnet-Smith, a professional dancer for twelve years, danced with Hofesh Schechter Company until summer 2014. Winifred was the recipient of a DCD Financial Retraining Grant to become a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. Winifred received a RBBF Bursary that will support her with the associated travel costs.

"Just the thought of life after dance has been extremely daunting and scary, but the staff at DCD has made it so much easier with their warm support and helpfulness. Receiving this money has given me a huge boost in confidence towards retraining, but most importantly has allowed me to pursue my next passion in life which without this grant would not have been possible. I'd also like to give thanks to the Hofesh Shechter Company for introducing me to the DCD and supporting me with this new shift by giving me paid leave to retrain. Thanks also to the dancers of the company for being my Gyrokinesis Guinea pigs."

Winifred Burnet-Smith

Nicole Vivien Watson, a professional independent dancer based in the North East of England, received a DCD Financial Retraining Grant that will enable Nicole to study for the Access to Level 6 course in British Sign Language at City Lit. Nicole received a RBBF Bursary to support her with travel costs from Newcastle to London in order to complete the course.

"The financial commitment of enrolling onto an adult learning program can be daunting, I am immensely grateful to DCD and The RBBF for supporting my decision to continue studying British Sign Language. It is very reassuring to know that my fees and travel expenses to London are paid for, I can now fully concentrate on the course and immerse my self within the study program." Nicole Vivien Watson