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Career Transition For Dancers

Career Transition for Dancers




Photo:  ©Lois Greenfield

Photo:  ©Lois Greenfield

Welcome to Career Transition For Dancers!

We’re still here for the dance community—now as a program of The Actors Fund.

Career Transition For Dancers has been a vital part of the dance community for 30 years and we’re now available to dancers across the country at our new home at The Actors Fund. In addition to Career Transition For Dancers’ services, The Fund can also provide dancers with counseling and emergency financial assistance, health insurance counseling and enrollment, and assistance with affordable housing. For more information and to speak with a Career Transition For Dancers counselor, please see our contact information below.

Program Description
Dance is a career that entails an extraordinarily high level of passion, commitment and extensive periods of training.  It is also a career with a professional life that is relatively brief and not often financially sustainable.  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. 
Core program services include, the National Outreach Program, Career Counseling and Guidance Program and the 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.

Program Eligibility

Criteria for dancers interested in career counseling and guidance:

  • Active dancers must:
    • currently be working professionally (or within 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
  • 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
  • Dancers over 65 must:
    • be able to document that his/her primary life earnings were derived from the performing arts and/or entertainment industry

Criteria for dancers interested in a scholarship or grant:

  • The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund
    • 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 arrived at totaling the 7 highest earning years within the past 20 years
    • Years need not be consecutive or recent
    • Must document a financial need
  • The Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies
    • Received the maximum allowed from The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund
    • Achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA for an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recent prerequisite coursework
    • Studying or Planning to study one of the following approved areas:
      • Professional Degree (law or medicine)
      • Medical Field (nursing, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, etc.)
      • Helping Professional (social work, psychology, creative art therapies)
      • Physical and Social Science, Education, Business and the Humanities
    • Must not have been a recipient of The Gasparinetti Scholarship Award

Program Orientation
The first step in becoming a participant of Career Transition For Dancers is to attend an orientation.  Orientations are held twice per month, except legal holidays, in the following locations:

New York Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:00 am

Chicago Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 am

Los Angeles Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:00 am

If you do not live in proximity of one of our offices a Career Counselor will help orient you to the program.

Scholarship Application Deadlines
Career Transition For Dancers provides scholarships and grants to eligible dancers to initiate an academic or retraining process, or to help professional dancers with start-up money for a new business.  For those seeking to apply for a scholarship or grant in calendar year 2016 the cycle schedule is as follows:
  • The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund
    • January 28th
    • March 11th
    • May 11th
    • July 11th
    • September 12th
    • November 11th
  • The Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies
    • March 31st

Speak with your Career Counselor for information regarding the scholarship application deadlines.


Eastern Region
212.221.7300 ext. 259

Central Region
212.221.7300 ext. 259

Western Region
323.933.9244 ext. 472