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.’

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 Brett Fegan, Head of Development:

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

Equity Charitable trust logo The Linbury Trust logo the logo for acting for others the society of london theatre logo the logo for rudolphf nurreve foundation the logo for the royal opera house benevolent fund The logo for Arts Council England, incorporating the National Lottery. the foyle foundation logo the logo for the maria bjornson memorial fund Big Give logo Logo for the Abderrahim Crickmay Charitable Trust a black and white logo with the words, all the world's a stage the logo for garfield weston foundation