Funding Opportunity

Career Exploration Grants

These grants of up to £1,000 support dancers to dip your toe in the water, by taking a short course in a potential new career field of interest.

DCD support is available to all professional dancers, from all genres of dance and at any stage of your career.

Career Exploration Grants are one of the very few areas of our support where eligibility criteria applies.

The grants are allocated towards course fees only, including, for example:
- Summer intensive course
- Online course
- Foundation course
- Introductory course
- Weekend course
- Short course
- Evening course

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.
These are:
- 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.

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