EVOLVE London #1

The first EVOLVE Workshop took place on Monday 19th May 2014 at Sadler's Wells, London.

From EVOLVE London #1...

- 100% of dancers agreed that it was easy to book a place on the workshop

- 97% of dancers agreed that the workshop was relevant to them

- 97% of dancers agreed that they now feel more equipped to navigate their career transition

- 100% of dancers would recommend EVOLVEto other dancers

Trailer created by DCD beneficiaries Seeta Patel and Nick Lashbrook

On Monday 19th May, 30 dancers arrived at Sadler's Wells for the first ever EVOLVE Workshop, presented by Dancers' Career Development.

Facilitated by DCD beneficiary, certified Life Coach and The Clore Leadership Programme Dance Fellow Isabel Mortimer, EVOLVE gave dancers the chance to hear inspiring Transition Tales from former Rambert and Phoenix Dance Theatre dancer-turned-choreographer, Melanie Teall, alongside George Long, Musical Theatre star-turned-garden designer.

Photography: Stephen Berkeley White

Melanie is a former professional dancer with Rambert and Phoenix Dance Company and recipient of Cosmopolitan C&A Dance Awards and the Paul Clarke Award. Melanie has choreographed for Transitions Dance Company and Sacpino Dance Company amongst others and has two works included in the Rambert Dance Company Repertoire. Melanie is one of 15 invited artists participating in the Sadler's Wells Summer University and is a DCD beneficiary.

George was a Musical Theatre and commercial dancer for 22 years, appearing in Sister Act, The Rat Pack Live from LA, Fame, and many more, before retraining as a Garden Designer and founding his own business, Wellgrounded Gardens. You can read more about George here.

The dancers were led through a range of activities which allowed them space and time to reflect on their achievements, where they are now, and helped to empower them to take the next steps on their career journey.

We were delighted to give DCD beneficiaries the opportunity to utilise their skills in their new careers, as Seeta Patel and Nick Lashbrook captured EVOLVE on film, while Stephen Berkeley White photographed the event.

The next EVOLVE Workshop is to be hosted in partnership with Northern Ballet at the home of DCD Contributing Companies Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre in Quarry Hill, Leeds, on Monday 29th September. Register your interest today by contacting Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on 020 7831 1449 or ellen@thedcd.org.uk.

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Feedback on EVOLVE London #1

"Thank you for a wonderful workshop! It was directed with such a positive, warm, encouraging and exciting spirit! I felt a huge weight slip off my shoulders by seeing the support offered by DCD and listening to the inspiring beautiful stories of lovely dancers at different points in their careers." Annabeth Berkeley, independent dancer

"A wonderful morning with beautiful dancers and inspirational individuals." Daniel Jones, former English National Ballet dancer

"There was a great energy and great support feeling in the room - nobody was there to judge. The DCD has given me so much already - thank you!" Rebecca Lee, former Musical Theatre dancer

"I experienced many others going through the transition. Became less isolated and more confident with myself." Kirill Burlov, Rambert dancer

"Thank you for this inspiring, energised and resourceful day." Anna-Lise Marie Hearn, The Fi.ELD, East London Dance

"It was a great moment to reflect. Really well organised - the details count and really stood out." EVOLVE participant

"I gained further tools to focus on decision making, self evaluation and reflection. The significance of seeing events positively. I felt the workshop was run and facilitated very well." Deborah Jones, former Royal Ballet dancer

"I learnt to trust and have confidence in myself as an artist, to value my craft and skills and have faith." Ellie Harulow, Dance Student

"It was fantastic and I think applicable to a range of stages. Thank you so much, it is so useful to know DCD have been there to help me navigate my transition. I am so grateful that you exist!" Simone Muller-Lotz, Independent dancer

"It is so good to know that other dancers are struggling with the same issues and it is encouraging to hear other people's stories and thoughts on the topic. A workshop like this is invaluable support. Sharing with other dancers is very inspiring." Joanna Wenger, Independent dancer

"Tenacity, letting go, and that I am not alone in this journey. I am looking forward to MOVING FORWARD!" Julius Ebreo, Musical Theatre dancer