Charity Dancers’ Career Development has awarded two £3,000 bursaries to former professional dancers for their new companies.
Dancer Kevin Doody, who has performed in West End shows such as Mamma Mia! and Chicago, worked as a professional dancer for 12 years and plans to use the money to set up his own business-called wowtheguests.com-helping to teach and choreograph routines for first dances at weddings.
He said: “Without the Acting for Others bursary from DCD there is no way that I would be able to get my business idea off of the ground so quickly. They have turned wowtheguests.com from an idea into a tangible prospect for meâ€¨to work towards.”
The second recipient, Steven Elias, worked as a professional dancer for 19 years before setting up two businesses including a production company, after a hip replacement operation in 2011. He hopes to use the money to study and further his businesses.
The Acting for Others bursary scheme is run by the Combined Theatrical Charities group, which organises an annual bucket collection in theatres across the country.
Victoria Mather, chairman of the DCD Independent Trust, said: “The Dancers’ Career Development Independent Trust is delighted to be able to support two professional dancers who, throughout their performing careers, have given so much to musical theatre. Both Kevin and Steven showed a passion for dance as well as demonstrating key skills, creativity, imagination and knowledge that will help them to succeed. We are grateful to the generous support of Acting for Others, without which the bursaries offered to musical theatre dancers would not be possible.”