Career Transition For Dancers

Our program enables dancers to define their career possibilities while developing the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines in order to thrive during all phases of their careers.

Founded in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance.

Core program services include:

  • Career Counseling and Guidance Program
  • Scholarship and Grant Program

Dancers are also eligible to receive individual and group counseling services, referrals for healthcare and health insurance and, where eligible, access to emergency financial assistance.

Eligibility

For dancers interested in career counseling and guidance:

  • An active dancer must currently be working professionally (or withing the last 12 months) in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry¬†OR
  • Currently be enrolled in a competitive dance/training/education program and intend to derive income as a professional dancer¬†OR
  • Former dancers must have a minimum of seven years paid employment in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry with five years of earnings of at least $5,000 a year, OR
  • Dancers over 65 must be able to document that his/her primary life earnings were derived from the entertainment industry

For dancers interested in a scholarship or grant:

  • 100 weeks of paid dance experience in the United States (US citizens with global dance experience inclusive)
  • Proof of earning a minimum of $56,000, a sum arrived by at totaling the seven highest-earning years within the past 20 years
  • Years need not be consecutive or recent
  • Must document a financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. For more information and an application, please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Patch Schwadron, Senior Career Counselor
917.281.5992
pschwadron@actorsfund.org

Chicago
Maryellen Langhout, Career Counselor
312.666.0234
mlanghout@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Sophia Kozak, Career Counselor
323.933.9244, ext. 454
skozak@actorsfund.org