Dancers’ Career Development is the charity that’s here for every dancer – across every genre, across the UK, and at every career stage.

Dance is the lowest paid performance profession and dancers face a disproportionately high risk of career-ending injury. The average professional dance career lasts just 14 years, following at least 10 years of pre-professional training.

Since the onset of Covid-19, DCD has received double the number of applications for financial support from dancers. When theatres closed their doors in response to the Covid-19 crisis, many dancers lost all their work for many months. Some found themselves ‘falling through the cracks’ – ineligible for government support.


‘Needing to take a break, but not being able to risk it financially … Trying to be innovative, responsive and managing conflict, when I’ve felt like I was only just holding my head above water.’

Supported Dancer


Please consider making a donation today and join DCD in making a direct difference to dancers. Your donation could help fund 1:1 support, coaching, mentoring or retraining grants.

Your donation will give dancers something extraordinary – a life-changing opportunity to reach their full and unique potential and a brighter, more hopeful future.

Thank you.

Make a one-off or regular donation here.


If you are interested in learning more about supporting DCD, please contact Abigail Walton, Director of Development

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