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A Dancer's Next Steps

After a lifetime of preparation, a dancer’s career can last decades – or not long at all. Every dancer can benefit from career planning that can lead to a future as fulfilling as dancing, and there is an organization that was created to help do exactly that.

Career Transition for Dancers, began as a pilot program funded by the performing arts unions in 1985 and was incorporated in 1988 to help dancers successfully create a life for themselves when their performing careers end.

In the years since, CTFD has continued to grow with offices in New York and Los Angeles, an 800 number hotline for dancers in other parts of the country and a website. In addition to an extensive reference library and tuition grants for dancers who want to get a degree (during or after dancing), CTFD offers counseling, scholarships and career resource centers.

Free panel discussions introduce dancers to a variety of career options and elaborate on key steps in the transition process to help dancers identify what their strengths and options are and what they want to do next. The CTFD staff is made up of former dancers who have been through their own transitions, making them uniquely qualified to help dancers find the right path.

To contact Career Transition for Dancers Website:

The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers
165 West 46th Street, Suite 701,The Actors' Equity Building
New York, NY 10036-2501
Phone: (212) 764-0172
Fax: (212) 764-0373

5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 455
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3658
Phone : (323) 549-6660
Fax : (323) 549-6810

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