Our history began 30 years ago. The development of pioneering programs and services for dancers has made our history unique and our work far-reaching.

Today, Career Transition For Dancers remains the only nonprofit organization in the US solely dedicated to the career needs of dancers. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and a mobile National Outreach Project, we have helped thousands of dancers take their first steps in discovering rewarding second careers.

Our genesis: The passion to help
Career Transition For Dancers arose out of a partnership of several foundations and unions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, AFL-CIO Labor Institute for Human Enrichment, and Actors' Equity Association. Under the leadership of Agnes de Mille, this partnership led to the development and presentation of a conference held in 1982 at Lincoln Center to discuss the need to assist dancers both during and at the end of their careers. The goal of the conference was to find ways to help dancers make use of their individual backgrounds, talents and skills on and off the stage.

Our beginning: Addressing the needs of dancers
Career Transition For Dancers was founded in 1985 by Edward Weston and was originally administered as an initiative of The Actors Fund in New York City. The program was also supported by Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. The funding provided by these organizations continues today. The original program provided career counseling and scholarship support for the members of these unions who were in the process of transition. In 1988, Career Transition For Dancers became a self-governing 501(c)(3) organization with a refocused mission to help all dancers, not just union members.

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2010First all-day client conference: Stepping into Hope and Change
Over 300 dancers attend seminars to address the changing economic climate and needs of dancers. View Video Conversations from the event.

2010Sono Osato graduate school program quadruples in size
Due to the success of her scholarship program, Sono Osato quadruples the size of her scholarships for graduate studies. Read more about the Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies.

2009Video Career Conversations
To ensure all dancers are able to participate in Career Conversations, videos of seminars are placed on the organization's website and are syndicated through iTunes as a podcast. Within six weeks, over 1,400 dancers participate in the program. The overwhelming numbers drive the organization to begin broadcasting seminars live over the internet. Browse Video Conversations or check Workshops and Career Events to see when the next one takes place.

2008New Chicago Office
In partnership with Hubbard Street Dance Center, the organization opens an office in Chicago to focus on the needs of dancers living in the Midwest.

2007Partnership with Dance Magazine
Career Transition For Dancers initiates a partnership with Dance Magazine to provide more transition-related material in their publications. As the leading trade magazine for the industry, Dance Magazine has made it possible for the organization to reach even more dancers and educate them about their transition possibilities.

2007Expanded Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies
Ms. Osato donates an additional $500,000 to triple the capacity of her scholarship fund.

2006Annual gala reaches $1 million mark
With the combined efforts of Gala Chairs Anka K. Palitz, Patricia Kennedy, Denise L. Cobb, and Yolanda Santos, the organization raises over $1 million for the organization's programs and services. Read more about the upcoming gala.

2006Lillian Sayers Scholarship Fund
The family of Lillian Sayers establishes an endowed scholarship fund to support the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2006Violet Blumenfeld Scholarship Program
The family of Violet Blumenfeld establishes an endowed scholarship fund to support the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2005$2 million pledge for Educational Scholarships
An anonymous donor makes a $2 million pledge through estate planning to benefit the organization's endowed educational scholarship fund.

2005Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies
With a $250,000 gift from renowned dancer and actress Sono Osato, the organization is able to provide scholarships to dancers who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees. In 2007, Ms. Osato tripled the Sono Osato Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies to help even more dancers.

2005Rolex's long-term commitment to the annual gala
Allen Brill, President and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A., announces that Rolex will be the Presenting Sponsor of the annual gala through the organization's Silver Anniversary in 2010, and possibly longer.

2005Mission is refocused
The Board of Directors adopts a refocused mission to reach out to students, pre-professionals, and apprentices to plant the seed of career transition awareness, encouraging them to begin their transition while they are still performing. Take a moment to read our new mission statement and learn about our many programs.

2004Agnes de Mille Educational Scholarship Fund
The Agnes de Mille Dance Foundation establishes an endowed scholarship fund to meet the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2003Carmen Diana Barth Educational Scholarship Fund
The family of former American Ballet Theatre dancer and dancer-client Carmen Diana Barth establishes an endowed scholarship fund to support the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2003Rudolf Nureyev Educational Scholarship Fund
The Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation establishes an endowed scholarship fund in honor of Mr. Nureyev to support the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2003New York office moves to Times Square
Career Transition For Dancers relocates to the heart of Times Square so all dancers can conveniently meet with our career counselors and use our informational resources and computer center.

2002Annual gala moves to New York City Center
Thanks to the pioneering efforts of Chairman Emerita Cynthia Gregory and former CEO of Rolex Watch USA Walter Fischer, the organization holds its inaugural annual gala at the New York City Center. With a major sponsorship from Rolex, the organization is able to raise $887,000 for the organization's programs and services. Learn more about our upcoming gala.

2001Clarence Y. Palitz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Board member Anka K. Palitz establishes an annual scholarship fund in honor of her late husband, Clarence Y. Palitz, to support the educational needs of dancers nationwide.

2001Luigi Gasparinetti Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies
Director Emeritus Luigi Gasparinetti (1942-2002) creates a graduate studies program, Career Transition For Dancers' first scholarship program for dancers wishing to seek graduate degrees. Learn more about our Graduate Studies Program.

2001Capezio Dance Award
Career Transition For Dancers is awarded the 50th Capezio Dance Award for outstanding contributions to the well-being of dancers.

2000$1 million mark for Scholarships and Grants
Career Transition For Dancers reaches a landmark in August 2000 when it passes the $1 million mark in its Educational Scholarship and Entrepreneurial Grant Program. Since 1985 scholarships and grants have played a central role in the organization's programs and services.

2000Computer instruction
Career Transition For Dancers teams up with Marymount Manhattan College to train dancers on the latest computer software.

2000National Outreach Project
Jane Heilbron and Gail Heilbron Steinetz of the Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation approach Career Transition For Dancers to create a traveling version of our counseling programs that enables us to interact directly with dancers in cities across the country. The Pacific Northwest Ballet volunteers to host this pilot project for the Seattle dance community. The National Outreach Project has helped thousands of dancers in 30 cities across the nation. Learn more about our National Outreach Project.

1999Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation makes $500,000 pledge
To enhance the organization's annual gala, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation makes a $500,000 pledge for support over ten years.

1998$1 million endowed for a permanent home
In April 1998, Director Emerita Caroline H. Newhouse (1910-2003) donates $1 million to establish The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers. The money is endowed to fund the organization's rent in perpetuity. Read more about Caroline H. Newhouse.

1996Local Outreach Project
With support from the Shubert Organization, we initiate the Local Outreach Project to meet with dancers in their own environment to discuss the need to prepare for a transition while they are still performing. A subsequent Local Outreach Project takes place that year at the Ailey School. Learn more about our Local Outreach Project.

CTFD recognizes that its services need to be available to all dancers nationwide and not only to those who are able to meet face-to-face in NY and LA. Building on the success of our bi-coastal offices and with seed money from the Nora Kaye-Herbert Ross Foundation, we create CareerLine, our nationwide toll-free career counseling hotline. Our hotline for dancers outside of our offices enables us to continue career counseling sessions with dancer-clients who are on tour or reside outside of New York City and Los Angeles. Learn more about CareerLine.

1995Resource Centers
Career Transition For Dancers adds a computer center, resource materials, and other transition-related information to its local offices. Dancers from all over New York City and Los Angeles come to our offices to look for jobs, use our computers to create resumes, and meet with fellow dancers to plan their careers. We also have other helpful resources on our website.

1995New Los Angeles office
Not all dancers are in New York City. In an effort to help dancers on the West Coast of the United States and to increase the organization's national presence, Career Transition For Dancer opens a career counseling office in Los Angeles with funding provided by the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund.

1994First annual gala
Career Transition For Dancers holds its first annual gala at the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Dancers from around the country donate their time and effort to perform in support of their fellow colleagues who use the organization's services. The event raises $59,000 for the organization. Read more about our upcoming gala.

1990Focus & Support Groups
Recognizing the need for long-term group counseling, the organization establishes focus and support groups. These new programs are a huge success, helping to build upon the camaraderie and togetherness that dancers experience when performing together. Learn more about our Focus and Support Groups.

1989Career Conversations
To expand on the popularity of its career counseling program, Career Transition For Dancers initiates a new program called Career Conversations. A series of group counseling seminars, Career Conversations addresses specific topics that relate to career transition. Learn more about our Career Conversations seminars or check out Workshops and Career Events to see when the next one takes place.

1985The beginning
Led by Founding Director Ann Barry, a self-governing Career Transition For Dancers opens its doors to provide career counseling and scholarship support for its 300 active dancer-clients. The organization was originally housed by the American Guild of Musical Artists.