Dancers' Career Development and The Dance Professionals Fund

The Dance Professionals Fund is the working name of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund.

Friday 24th January 2014 - Dancers' Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund announce new initiative for Independent Dancers

Dancers' Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund announce a new initiative that will increase support for the retraining of Independent Dancers in the UK

Additional funds will provide new Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Bursaries in order to help overcome financial barriers to retraining. This is the latest development in a long standing relationship between the two organisations.

These Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Bursaries will be available from January 2014.

We look forward to continuing to work together to yet further improve the efficiency and range of services provided to dancers.

Dame Monica Mason, Chairman, The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund:

"These Bursaries are an interesting and welcome development in our relationship with Dancers' Career Development. The opportunities for dancers to retrain is of vital importance and the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund is very pleased to work with Dancers' Career Development on this new initiative"

Tony Dyson, Chairman, Dancers' Career Development:

"We are delighted to announce the new Royal Ballet Benevolent Bursaries as part of our ongoing partnership with The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund. Dancers' Career Development is known for its support for Independent Dancers and the Bursaries offer additional and much needed support during transition"

For more information please contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, Dancers' Career Development. Tel: 020 7831 1449. Email: ellen@thedcd.org.uk, or visit the Applications page.

All Bursaries will be awarded at the discretion of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund Trustees.

Dancers' Career Development's mission is to support all professional dancers in the UK to navigate a positive career transition. We achieve this through providing a bold programme of transition support services.

The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund supports classical and contemporary based dancers at any time during or after their performance careers, specifically to address and alleviate financial hardship.