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DCD's Schools and Conservatoires programme continues to expand its reach as we are working with schools from across the dance sector, from ballet to contemporary and Musical Theatre, across the UK.

 

Hanna Madalska-Gayer

22nd October 2019

DCD’s support for dancers begins from the earliest stages of vocational training, throughout their performance career and through retirement.

Research shows that early preparation for career transition can help avoid the challenges some dancers face when they retire from professional performance and even lead to a more fulfilling and successful post-performance career.

DCD’s Schools and Conservatoires programme, kindly supported by the Linbury Trust, works with students in their final 3 years of professional dance training. The first programme of its kind in the UK, this unique programme is a hugely important part of our work supporting dancers.

I learnt how versatile and adaptable performers actually are”. “[The workshop] opened my mind to what else I could do”.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance student workshop participants

This past year DCD has delivered workshops at The Royal Ballet School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Elmhurst Ballet School and we have an ongoing relationship with Rambert School, English National Ballet School and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The programme continues to expand its reach as we are working with schools from across the dance sector, from ballet to contemporary and Musical Theatre, across the UK.

As a result of the programme, professional dancers who originally came into contact with DCD through the Schools and Conservatories workshops are now taking part in DCD support programmes from early in their professional careers, better equipping them to deal with the transition beyond a performance career.

To find out more or to join the Schools and Conservatoires Programme go to: https://thedcd.org.uk/why-work-with-dcd/dcd-schools-and-conservatoires-programme/

Hanna Madalska-Gayer

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hanna is DCD's Communications Officer.