REACH Ambassador Programme
“As Ambassadors we can contribute to spreading the seeds for more open communication about dancers’ careers beyond dance, and so establish a more open culture for the future in the entire industry.”
Edit Domoszlai, Rambert
DCD’s REACH Ambassador’s programme is the first of its kind in the world. REACH is an entirely unique opportunity for dancers to influence and shape DCD’s current and future offerings for DCD Partner Companies, making a direct impact on dancers’ lives both now and in the long-term.
We are delighted to announce the 2021-22 cohort of REACH Ambassadors from across DCD’s Partner Companies and participants on our new support programme for Hip Pop artists, SHIFT.
Top line (L-R): Naya Lovell (Rambert), Aisling Brangan (Scottish Ballet), Sean Bates (Northern Ballet), William Bracewell (The Royal Ballet)
Second line (L-R): Grace Paulley (Scottish Ballet), Stina Quagebeur (English National Ballet), Isaac Ouro-Gnao (SHIFT), Simone Damberg-Wurtz (Rambert)
Third line (L-R): Laura Day (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Conor O’Kane (SHIFT), Jennie Harrington (English National Ballet), Sarah Chun (Northern Ballet)
Bottom line (L-R): Matthew Broadbent (Scottish Ballet), Vanessa Marina (SHIFT), Heather Lehan (Northern Ballet), Edit Domoszlai (Rambert)
Every 2-3 years, DCD recruits a team of highly motivated, well-connected and supportive REACH Ambassadors to help increase overall engagement with professional dancers across the UK. This diverse working group provides insight into the specific needs of DCD Partner Company dancers and helps to shape dancer-driven programmes, ensuring that the organisation continues to provide the most relevant and useful support possible. We also aim to promote and develop a positive culture around career development and transition in the UK dance sector.
DCD Company Ambassadors will gain the opportunity to stretch and strengthen their leadership, communication and organisational skills, as well as a chance to widen their network. They’ll gain valuable experience for their CV and build visibility and reputation within company.
As an organisation committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, DCD actively encourages applications from dancers at all stages of their career, of all backgrounds, cultures and lived experiences.
Every year, our REACH Ambassadors will:
• Represent their fellow dancers’ needs
• Encourage other dancers to engage with DCD’s programmes
• Advocate for DCD’s work and how it meets dancer’s needs
• Contribute to the discussion and development of DCD’s programmes to dancers
• Heighten awareness, aspirations, support and interest in DCD’s work
Since REACH launched in 2018, we have seen:
• 100% of REACH Ambassadors noticing a shift in culture/attitudes around career development in their company and the sector
• 92% increase in company dancers applying for Career Exploration Grants
• 48% increase in company dancers taking part in the DCD Coaching Programme
Not only can you get information from your REACH Ambassador about DCD’s support, you can also let them know your feedback and suggestions for how DCD can help you.
Thank you so much to this year’s REACH Ambassadors and welcome on board!