Beyond Dance Mentoring Scheme

We are delighted to launch a new scheme of world-class mentoring opportunities connecting the world of dance and business.

The first of its kind in our sector, this is a pioneering cross-company, cross-sector mentoring scheme delivered in partnership with Moving Ahead, experts in mentoring for elite athletes.

This programme is initially open to dancers currently or formerly employed by DCD’s Partner Companies, and is planned to launch in early 2019.

To register your interest, please fill out this form.

*Please see below for application criteria

'Elite dancers possess extraordinary skills, strengths and a resilience that make them ideal to thrive in dynamic and competitive environments. The Beyond Dance Mentoring programme delivered by DCD and Moving Ahead is a pioneering scheme that provides opportunity for both the dancers and mentors involved, to support and learn from one another.'


Ida Levine
DCD Trustee

This programme will match elite dancers with business leaders in a mentoring relationship to help them broaden their horizons and plan their next step, whether they are still performing, or already retired.

We also invite organisations who would like to be involved in this exciting new scheme in providing mentors and support for the programme.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Delgado at

To register your interest to become a mentee, please fill out this form.*

Who is mentoring suitable for?

Mentee applications are invited from those looking for a supportive and confidential environment in which to discuss and think through issues regarding their careers, and gain a fresh, new perspective of managing their career progression, work-life balance and growth.

The Beyond Dance Mentoring Scheme will provide valuable 1-1 support to all successful mentee applicants and operates ‘cross-company’, enabling dancers (mentees) to be matched with a mentor from outside the world of dance.

Please note that the mentoring sessions can take place online; we encourage all prospective applicants to apply regardless of where you might be based.

Application Criteria

Dancers currently employed by a partner company

The Beyond Dance Mentoring scheme is open to dancers with at least four years’ professional performing experience, with at least two of these years spent with one or more of DCD Partner Companies (Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet).

Retired dancers from a partner company

The Beyond Dance Mentoring scheme is also open to retired dancers who spent at least eight years working as professional dancers. It is required that you worked for a minimum of five years in one or more of the following companies: Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet.*

*Retired dancers who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for up to four years after you cease performing professionally.

Illness or Injury

Should you be a current or former partner company dancer unable to meet the application criteria set out above because you were forced to retire due to illness or injury, you may still be eligible. Please do contact us for more information on

Help dancers take their next step in their careers beyond performance