'All dancers need to come to EVOLVE, it doesn't matter what stage you're at in your career, it's important to start thinking about who else you are, outside of dance'


Rachael Nanyonjo,
Independent dance artist

EVOLVE is a FREE workshop for ALL professional dancers exploring life beyond a dance career, offering practical tools, insight and inspiration

  • Explore the journey of a dancer’s career with like-minded people
  • Get the tools to develop your own personal action plan and discover your potential
  • Learn how to manage a lifelong career beyond performance
  • Enjoy the unique opportunity to hear personal transition stories from DCD retrained dancers, ask questions and gain a network of peers

EVOLVE workshops are open to all dancers – from final year students to those with years of professional experience who are exploring the next stage, to those who are already post-transition.

Even if you’re not planning to transition in the near future, EVOLVE can support you to feel prepared for your long term future.

Dancers from ALL genres of professional dance are welcome, including (but not limited to): Musicals, Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz, Dance of the African Diaspora, Tap, Contemporary, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, South Asian Dance forms, Folk Dance, Ballet and everything in between.

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Isabel Mortimer
DCD Director of Coaching

Nicole Guarino

Sunday 8th May, 10:30am-3:30pm at East London Dance


This is a chance to RECONNECT with your community, REFRAME your mindset, and INSPIRE one another. We know there may be feelings of anxiety and/or excitement. We want you to feel safe and supported to join us as we return to our first in-person EVOLVE Workshop of 2022.

Led by Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching.

Speaker Nathan Geering, Co-Artistic Director Theatre Deli & Founder Rationale Arts.

About Nathan:

Nathan specialises in accessibility innovation and strives to make work that heightens accessibility for both disabled and non disabled artists and audiences. He was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and is the founder of the multi-award winning Rationale Method of Audio Description. He also runs a registered charity called Rationale Arts. In 2021 Nathan became the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Deli and oversees the Artistic Vision of both London and Sheffield venues. With this appointment Nathan and his colleague Ryan Harston made history because for the first time Theatre Deli’s Artistic Vision is now Black Lead. Nathan is also part of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission and champions racial equality and diversity within the arts and beyond.

Our EDI Commitments:

We want to ensure equal access for all. This venue is accessible to wheelchair users.

Bursaries are available for any financial barriers e.g. Travel (within the UK), Childcare, Access Support. Just let us know what you need in our booking form and we will be in touch.

We are providing a note taker and will provide you with these notes after the event by email. If you need these in a specific format please let us know.

The venue (link to Google Maps here) has a designated quiet space for attendees to use as they need throughout the day.

If there’s anything else you need to support your attendance please let us know at the time of booking.



DCD offers EVOLVE workshops across the UK, including in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and London.

Keep an eye for future Evolve workshops here. For more information please contact dancers@thedcd.org.uk

Check out what dancers thought of DCD’s EVOLVE workshops at #DCDEVOLVE!

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