EVOLVE London #2

EVOLVE London takes place at the Royal Opera House

On Sunday 11th October we were delighted to be joined by 36 dancers at the Royal Opera House for EVOLVE London, delivered in partnership with DCD Contributing Company The Royal Ballet.

Watch the film by DCD supported dancer Daniel Jones.


Our landmark fifth EVOLVE workshop saw DCD Retrained Dancers Jaimie Persson and Jonathan Goddard sharing their stories and experiences to a group of dancers who represented almost all corners of the sector - from classical ballet and contemporary artists to musical theatre and commercial dancers.

EVOLVE is a full day workshop developed especially for professional dancers to:

- Think and talk about the journey of a dancer's career with like-minded people

- Be inspired by real life stories from DCD Retrained Dancers - this London workshop heard stories from Jaimie Tapper and Jonathan Goddard. Find out more about our speakers here.

- Reflect on your own achievements and strengths

- Get the tools to develop your own personal action plan and discover your potential

- Learn how to manage a lifelong career beyond performance

- Feel supported and expand your network

Facilitated by Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer.

Our next EVOLVE workshop will be announced shortly, so watch this space!

Our thanks go to all our valued supporters of the EVOLVE project.

Any questions? Get in touch with Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.

EVOLVE designs by DCD Retrained Dancer, Joe Walkling, featuring photograph by DCD Retrained Dancer Laurent Liotardo. Dancer: Ruth Brill for English National Ballet.

EVOLVE photographs taken by DCD Supported Dancer Nicole Guarino.

Feedback from EVOLVE London #2:

“…even the most successful dancers have doubts and fear about transitioning…it was liberating and reassuring to share this path with so many others.” Martina Bussi, Motionhouse Dance Theatre

“Transition is necessary and sharing the difficulty that most of us feel about change has been valuable." Marina Tsartsara, Independent Artist

“It was a wonderful day. Helpful, informative and really feel like it made a difference. I cant thank the DCD enough.” EVOLVE London #2 Participant

“I learned some valuable life skills which can be applied to my transition as a dancer.” James Muller, Richard Alston Dance Company

“Loved the speakers…all very inspiring.” EVOLVE London #2 Participant