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Helping dance professionals.

The RBBF was founded nearly 80 years ago and over the years, has helped hundreds of people at every stage of their careers.

The RBBF is the largest UK welfare charity offering support for dance professionals, during both their dance careers and in retirement. We provide financial support, help following injury and retraining where necessary.

We are a charity that exists to provide help and support for professional dancers, dance teachers, choreographers and choreologists. We can help you whether you are independent or have worked through a dance company.

Eligibility For Financial Support

If you have five or more years' employment in a UK ballet or contemporary dance company as a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer or choreologist or as an independent dance artist or teacher you may be eligible for support. In certain circumstances, the Fund may also consider applications from individuals who do not fit these criteria. It is, however, not able to help dance students. If you are not eligible, there are a number of other theatre charities that may be able to help you. Please go to Further Advice for more information.

If you meet the above criteria, please go to For Dancers

New Ways to Work Pilot Scheme

The Equity Charitable Trust, Dancers' Career Development and Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund, have come together to launch a pilot scheme, entitled 'New Ways To Work', which runs over the summer of 2016.

There will be sessions with Simonne Gnessen, a leading financial coach at Wise Monkey, and workshops on Career Strategy and Setting Up Your Own Business, conducted by one of the UK's leading Executive Career Coaches Zena Everett. There will also be guidance on job searching, Social Media and CV writing. The aim is to equip professional actors, performers and dancers with the skills they need at various life stages to enable them to achieve a reasonable standard of living.

Places on the Pilot have already been allocated but we will keep you posted about future opportunities.

Equity Charitable Trust (ECT), Dancers' Career Development (DCD) and Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund (RBBF) share a rich history of partnership and a shared mission of providing support to professional actors and dancers, respectively.

Image: Patrick Baldwin Dancer kindly modelled by Amber Hunt