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The Dancers' Resource

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

 

Client Testimonial

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.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.