Career Transition For Dancers | Actors Fund

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.

The first step in becoming a participant is to attend a Career Center Orientation. Orientations are currently being offered online only, every non-holiday Monday at two times: 12 pm ET and 1 pm PT. You can also atttend the bi-monthly virtual National Dancer Info Session.    

Eligibility

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 
  • Former Dancers: must have a minimum of seven years paid employment in the performing arts and/or entertainment industry
  • Pre-professional Dancers: must be currently enrolled in a competitive dance/training/education program and intend to derive income as a professional dancer 

For dancers interested in educational grants and scholarships - CTFD offers 3 scholarship opportunities to dancers in career transition:

Professional Development/Certificate: to further your career outside of dance performance. Up to $1,000

  • A dance performance career of 5 or more years (need not be consecutive or current), within the last 15 years. Teaching and choreographing are excluded.
  • 70 weeks or more of paid dance employment (Non‐citizens must provide 70 weeks of U.S. work)
  • Total minimum gross earnings of $40,000
  • Consultation with a Career Counselor

Deadlines

  • February 15
  • June 15
  • August 15
  • October 15

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
Undergraduate degree programs - up to $2000
Graduate degree programs - up to $5000

  • A dance performance career of 7 or more years (need not be consecutive or current), within the last 15 years. Teaching and choreographing are not included.
  • 100 weeks or more of paid dance employment (Non‐citizens must provide 100 weeks of U.S. work)
  • Total minimum gross earnings of $56,000
  • Consultation with a Career Counselor

Deadlines:

  • June 15
  • October 15 

For more information, contact the Career Counselor nearest to you.

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. For more information and an application, please contact our regional office closest to you to talk to a career counselor regarding eligibility criteria and your education and training goals.

New York City and Chicago
Patch Schwadron, Senior Career Counselor
917.281.5954
pschwadron@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Sophia Kozak, Career Counselor
323.330.2472
skozak@actorsfund.org

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. 

Related Sites & Organizations

Chicago Dancers United

The Dancers' Fund - Financial Assistance for Chicago’s Professional Dance Community