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The Dancers' Resource

A Support Group for Dancers Dealing with Injury

This group is geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury. The goal of the group is to help mitigate the isolation many dancers experience during recovery from injury, by providing emotional support and sharing resources with each other.

A pre-group interview is required to help ensure a positive group experience.

**Please note: groups will be offered on a rolling basis throughout the year, exact dates to be determined.** Please contact Amy Wilder, LCSW awilder@actorsfund.org for more information.

 

Program Description

The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. Founded by Actors Fund Vice Chair Bebe Neuwirth, The Dancers’ Resource comes out of her personal experience from having hip replacement surgery after several years of physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery and excruciating pain and the emotional stress of not being able to dance and not wanting people to know about her condition. Recognizing that the situations faced by injured dancers are all-encompassing in terms of both life and career, the program was started to create a support system that addresses the needs of dancers.

The Dancers’ Resource provides:

  • Emotional support for dancers dealing with injuries by providing individual and group counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare and health insurance
  • Information and advocacy with Worker Compensation and Disability Insurance
  • Educational seminars on injury prevention, nutrition and wellness, financial planning and more
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Connection to other dancers to share experiences, resources and advice

Program Eligibility

Any professional dancer is welcome to call The Dancers’ Resource for direct services or referrals to community agencies. Eligibility for The Fund’s financial assistance program requires an interview, application and documentation of professional earnings and financial need.
 

Contact

For additional information please call The Fund’s Intake Unit at the closest regional office:

Eastern Region
Amy Wilder, L.C.S.W.
212.221.7300 ext. 117
awilder@actorsfund.org

Central Region
Steven Haught, L.C.P.C
312.372.0989
shaught@actorsfund.org

Western Region
323.933.9244 ext. 455
intakela@actorsfund.org

 

Jesse's Story

Jesse suffered an injury in the fall of last year. In this video, he shares his story how he was helped by The Dancers' Resource.