Dancers’ Career Development is a registered charity. 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, the path to a new career is paved with physical, emotional and financial challenges.

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.

Ways to support us

Please consider supporting DCD’s 4Dancers Campaign, to help dancers through and beyond the devastation of Covid-19


Join DCD’s Patrons Programme

Through joining DCD’s Patrons Programme 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, support a dancer through the provision of a life-changing bursary, or support a specific DCD programme.

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 programme or to where it is needed the most.

Brenda Naylor Artworks

Brenda Naylor (5th July 1926 – March 11 2016) was an eminent sculptor and dance artist. Her work is to be found in private collections all over the UK, in Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA. Instantly recognisable likenesses, meticulous costume detail and exactness of the dance positions portrayed are characteristic of her work. Brenda left instructions that her art created over many years should benefit charity after her death, and particularly help dancer’s move on to second careers following their life on stage. 75% of the sale price of artworks purchased via Brenda’s website is donated directly to Dancers’ Career Development.

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:

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.

Chris Hampson, Artistic Director and CEO of Scottish Ballet took on the challenge of completing the 2015 London Marathon in support of DCD, raising over £5,000!


DCD alumni dancer, now owner of arts-focused PR agency Simon Harper PR, Simon made a one-off sponsored guest appearance as “mysterious lady” in The Trock’s production of Don Quixote at Sadlers’ Wells, raising over £800.


Help support Dancers’ Career Development by shopping online. Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS,, eBay, Boden, and M&S. Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Dancers’ Career Development every time, it’s that easy!

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We’d love to hear from you!

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:

Help dancers take their next career steps…

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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 Abigail Walton, Director of Development