DCD Retraining Grants – Eligibility

DCD support is available to all professional dancers, from all genres of dance and at any stage of your career. Retraining Grants are one of the very few areas of our support where eligibility criteria applies.

Professional dancers are eligible to apply for up to ten years after they cease performing professionally.

Retirement on medical grounds:

Should dancers be unable to meet the Retraining Grant criteria set out below because they have been forced to retire due to illness or injury, we may still be able to help. Contact us for more information on 0207 831 1449.

DCD Partner Company dancers:

In order to be eligible for a Retraining Grant as a dancer with one of DCD’s Partner Companies, you must have:

  • Been a professional dancer for at least eight years (we do not count any work done whilst undertaking formal dance training)
  • Worked for a minimum of five years in the UK

You will have also spent at least five years with one or more of the following Companies:

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • English National Ballet
  • Northern Ballet
  • Rambert
  • Richard Alston Dance Company
  • Scottish Ballet
  • The Royal Ballet

All other dancers:

DCD offers guidance and financial support to help all dancers to develop new skills, or even start up a new business. To qualify for a Retraining Grant applicants must have:

  • Been a professional dancer for at least eight years (we do not count any work done whilst undertaking formal dance training)
  • Worked for a minimum of five years in the UK
  • Demonstrate that you have earned an income as a dancer for a minimum of 16 weeks in each year, on average.

Look out for the next Grant Deadlines here.

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