Dancers’ Career Development is a registered charity. As we do not receive direct public funding, we rely on the support and generosity of individuals, grant making organisations and companies to help us continue our work.

Why support DCD?

For professional dancers facing the end of their performance careers, access to career development support, advice and opportunities is a necessity, not a luxury.

The path to a new career, beyond performance is paved with uniquely difficult physical, emotional, practical and financial challenges. Sudden or debilitating injury, an aging body no longer able to cope with the rigors of training, rehearsals and performances, a loss of community, routine and personal identity.

These factors, combined with financial concerns and limited qualifications or work experience outside of the dance field mean that the majority of retiring dancers find themselves with multiple barriers to seeking alternative employment or further education.

A dancer on the cusp, in the midst, or on the other side of career transition, is still an individual with strength, discipline, determination and creative talent. These valuable skills risk going to waste without the correct guidance and support. DCD needs your help in order to continue our unique work supporting dancers to succeed in their post-performance lives.

Did you know?

  • Most dancers devote at least 10 years to pre-professional training, but their careers last only 14 years on average.
  • Due to the all-consuming nature of dance training, many young dancers only attain a minimal level of further education beyond GCSE stage.
  • Dance is the lowest paid performance profession, with actors, singers and musicians typically earning over 20% more for the same number of hours worked.
  • A 2015 survey of dance professionals found that around 50% of dancers’ jobs pay less than the minimum wage.
  • Dancers face a disproportionately high risk of career-ending injury.
  • The average age of dancer retirement from performance is just 34.
  • DCD receives no direct government funding. We need your help to continue to provide practical and financial help to dancers during the vulnerable, uncertain phase of career transition.

Ways to support us

Become a DCD Honorary Patron

As a DCD Honorary Patron you will receive special invitations to exclusive performances and insights with our high profile Partner Companies and opportunities to attend a specially curated programme of events throughout the year, as well as a chance to meet with DCD supported dancers.


We offer sponsorship opportunities for individuals and corporate organisations. You can sponsor a project, sponsor a dancer through the provision of a life-changing bursary, or support a specific DCD service.

Fundraise for DCD

There are a number of ways you can fundraise for DCD and help to change the lives of dancers. Here are just a few ideas:

Join easyfundraising and sign up for free to raise a free donation for DCD whenever you shop online with nearly 3,000 retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra.

Take on a challenge – a marathon, a dance-a-thon, a plie-thon. It doesn’t have to be dance related. DCD will support you make the most of your chosen fundraising challenge.

Choose DCD as your workplace charity of the year and take your business into the exciting world of dance. We’ll work together to ensure you achieve your Corporate Social Responsibility goals and maximise your brand promotion.

Leave a Legacy

A Legacy can transform the lives of dancers and help DCD to plan for our future. Leaving a gift in your will is an easy and effective way of ensuring that we are able to support future generations of professional dancers. We ensure that any gift goes where it is intended; directly to dancers, to a specific career support service or to where it is needed the most.

Support the Boundless appeal…for dancers working beyond ballet

Dancers’ Career Development strives to support every dancer and believes all professional dance career choices to be equally worthy and important. We endeavour to work tirelessly to level the playing field for dancers working beyond the classical field.

The Boundless appeal aims to raise funds especially for dancers working beyond ballet, in musical theatre, contemporary or commercial contexts.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Fundraising Officer, Clare Davis

Dancers’ Career Development is indebted to the following Trusts and Foundations who have chosen to support our work, changing dancers’ lives:

Help dancers in their career…

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£20 pays for a one-to-one conversation

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£100 pays for a Coaching Session

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£300 pays for a full programme of Coaching for one independent dancer

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£1000 pays for a small retraining bursary for one dancer

£20 pays for a one-to-one conversation

£100 pays for a Coaching Session

£300 pays for a full programme of Coaching for one independent dancer

£1000 pays for a small retraining bursary for one dancer

Any gift, no matter what size, makes a real difference to the lives of dancers.

Thank you for your generous support – together we can make a life changing difference to professional dancers across the UK.

If you would like to help support our work or find out more, please contact our Fundraising Officer, Clare Davis or on 0207 831 1449.