News: Dancers' Career Development and The Royal Ballet School in Pioneering New Partnership

Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Lucie Sheppard

Dancers’ Career Development Dancers’ Career Development (DCD) the organisation which helps dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career, is entering a new partnership with The Royal Ballet School to broaden its curriculum and to develop happy, confident, motivated dancers who are prepared for professional life.

The first of its kind in the UK, this new partnership demonstrates The Royal Ballet School’s practical approach to safe-guarding its student’s welfare beyond their time at the School and the ambitious leadership of Dancers’ Career Development on the subject of dancer transition. Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet said : I am delighted that The Royal Ballet School and Dancers’ Career Development are working together for the benefit of the students and their life-long careers. The Royal Ballet is a proud supporter of Dancers’ Career Development and it is pleasing to know that both students of The Royal Ballet School and the dancers of the Company are fully supported to recognise their unique talents, skills and abilities.

Dancers’ Career Development will work with students in the final three years of study at The Royal Ballet School (ages 16 to 19). They will be given an Introduction to Transition in Year One and in Year Two, students will participate in visits to Dancers’ Career Development beneficiaries working in diverse careers. They will have the opportunity to meet and network with current and former professional dancers, including some of Dancers’ Career Development’s 1,800 beneficiaries. In the Graduate Year, students will learn about the practicalities of transition and the Transition Support Services provided by Dancers’ Career Development. Students will be encouraged to consider a wider view of the world around them and to recognise the transferable skills they have developed through their training.

“We are delighted to be working with The Royal Ballet School on this pioneering new partnership,” said Tony Dyson, Chairman, Dancers’ Career Development. “As a world leader in dancer transition, Dancers’ Career Development welcomes the opportunity to engage with the students of The Royal Ballet School, supporting the dancers of the future to be fully prepared for their performance careers and beyond.”

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