You must have completed a minimum of 4 years as a professional dancer including at least 2 years with one or more of DCD’s Partner Companies.
- Birmingham Royal Ballet
- English National Ballet
- Northern Ballet
- Rambert Dance Company
- Richard Alston Dance Company
- Scottish Ballet
- The Royal Ballet
If you have to retire early through injury or illness there may be the option to apply on medical grounds. You do not have to be currently performing with the company to apply, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
Please note that you cannot apply for a Career Exploration Grant after you have received a Retraining Grant.
Dancer Support Programmes
Click on each of our programmes to find out
more about all of our retraining grants:
We create a bespoke programme of
support for every individual.
Explore each of our programmes for dancers: