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Funding for Your Business
Our panelists help identify grants, crowdsourcing, microloans, and fiscal sponsorships for small businesses and/or dance projects.
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  • Leslie-Arlette Boyce - Creator of Choreotography®, CTM, LLC
  • Jonathan Cerullo - Director, Producer, Choreographer & Playwright of JSC Theatricals, LLC
  • Leeanne M. G-Bowley - Capacity and Leadership Development Manager of Foundation Center, Advisory Board Member of Dance/NYC, Artistic/Executive Director of In-Sight Dance
  • Emily Gutman - Kiva Zip Fellow
  • Robert Moses - CPA for SCORE
  • Rakia Seaborn - New York Live Arts
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 15, 2015
Attitude is a Mindset
During stressful times of transition and change it is important to work on maintaining a positive attitude. Guest speaker, Renee Rosenberg, presents her powerful but simple "Three A's" for building resilience and personal power.
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PanelRenee Rosenberg - MA, LMHC, Career Strategist, Five O'Clock Club Coach, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 18, 2015
Tech Careers in Dance and Other Fields
Many dance artists are increasingly interested in video technology, multimedia production and the application of video and computer technology to dance. Our expert panel provides valuable information about exciting tech careers in dance and other fields.
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  • Nicholas Bundy - Web Developer and Film Editor
  • Paul Galando - Founding Director & Teacher of Digital Production and New Media at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 20, 2014
Teaching Careers in Dance 2014
Learn about dance education and certification for K-12, adult education, and university-level teaching jobs from our expert panel.
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  • Jim Becker - Dance Faculty at Harlem School of the Arts
  • Karen Brown - Founder of EPPSM Refining Institute (a KARENINA enterprise), Professor of Dance
  • Karen Eubanks - Dance Faculty at Gramercy Arts High School
  • Bob Rizzo - Dance Educator, Director/Choreographer, Founder of Riz-Biz Productions
  • Karyn Tomczak - Program Director of Dance at Western Carolina University
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJuly 21, 2014
Flexible & Unique Jobs in Health and Wellness
Learn what kinds of jobs and certifications are out there to land the best fit for you. Health and Wellness Industry experts help you make informed decisions at this diverse and interactive event. (In partnership with the Actors Fund Work Program.)
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  • Thomas M Guastavino - Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Melinda York - Pharmaceutical and Medical Instrument Sales & Marketing
  • Ping Ho - Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing Initiative
  • Dr. Michelle Marshall, D.C. - Marshall Chiropractic Wellness Center
DateJune 25, 2014
Education, financial planning, and future careers
Whether pre-professional, currently performing, or retired, dancers face difficult decisions when transitioning into new careers, such as how to access higher education, earn a degree, and finance the transition process. This seminar provides guidance on how to navigate some of the toughest decisions faced by transitioning dancers. Co-hosted with LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals).
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  • Robbin Cullinen - Financial Professional, Penn Mutual
  • Lauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Mark Baird - Director, The LEAP Program
DateJune 2, 2014
Crowdsourcing and Funding Strategies for Nonprofits, Dance Companies, and Small Businesses
Panelists discuss specific platforms and techniques that empower nonprofits, dance companies, and small businesses to effectively plan, manage, and strategize their developmental efforts.
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  • Erica Anderson - Director of Crowdfunding & Community Manager, Seed&Spark
  • Alison Cook Beatty - Artistic Director, ACB Dance Company
  • Jonathan Cerullo - President, JSCTheatricals, LLC
  • Fred Siegel - Founder, Fred Siegel CPA
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 19, 2014
Somatic/Movement Therapy Careers
Panelists discuss careers in the exciting and rewarding field of movement therapy, which provides emotional and physical support to individuals by treating a variety of emotional, psychological, and physical impairments through use of movement and dance.
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  • Linni S. Deihl - M.Ed, BC-DMT, Director, Dance Therapy Courses
  • TaraMarie Perri - Founder & Director of The Perri Institute for Mind and Body, Founder of the MBD®/Mind Body Dancer, CEO of TMP Mind Body of Work LLC, Faculty at New York University - Tisch School of the Arts
  • Malene Schjønning - Danish Filmmaker, Choreographer, and Certified Movement Analyst
  • Nicole Smith - MS Candidate Counseling Somatic Psychology (Prescott College), Therapeutic Dance Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and Life Coach
  • Jo Anna Turner - Dance Movement Therapist, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of ADTA
  • Amy Wilder - LSCW, The Dancers' Resource, The Actors Fund; Psychotherapist in private practice using movement/mindfulness techniques
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 10, 2014
LinkedIn: For Everyone!
Learn how to create and optimize your online profile and résumé find paths into the organizations you're like to work for, and get the most from LinkedIn.
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PanelLarissa Higgins - Product Development Analyst at Weight Watchers International, Inc.
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 24, 2014
Getting/completing your degree 2014
Representatives from New York area undergraduate and associate degree programs discuss the options for adults returning to college. They are joined by performers who have pursued further education to develop their interests and career options. (In partnership with the Actors Fund Work Program)
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  • Rosie Colosi - College Essay Specialist
  • Eric Hagmueller - St. Mary's College of California, LEAP Program
  • Khadijah Cole - Admissions Recruiter, CUNY Baccalaureate Program
  • Julian Pimiento - Goddard College
  • Hilary Price - Columbia University, School of General Studies
  • Lee Summers - SUNY Empire State College
  • Lucy Winner - SUNY Empire State College
Moderator
  • Lauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Patricia Schwadron - Career Counselor Supervisor at The Actors Fund Work Program
DateJanuary 30, 2014
Flexible Jobs: The Reality
Panelists discuss the reality of finding jobs that can accommodate a dancer's hectic lifestyle and that will allow them to sustain their career.
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  • Cindy Chung Camins - Network Marketer and Member of the Thrive Now Network, a community of Health and Fitness Specialists
  • Regina Gatti - Executive Recruiter for Green Key Resources
  • Mary Ann Hay - Marketing Distributor & Certified Trainer of Send Out Cards
  • Brooke Stone, President, Brooke Stone Lifestyle Management
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateNovember 18, 2013
Careers in Finance
Panelists provide background information on the financial industry, including an overview of various qualifications and credentials that are commonly found in the industry and the main types of institutions that employ finance workers.
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  • Savannah Holds - Recruiting and Development Coordinator at Northwestern Mutual
  • Jen Gorman - CPA and Dancer
  • Melinda DeChiazza Cloobeck, CRPS - Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist at Morgan Stanley
  • Christian A. Templeman, CRPC, CRPS - Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist at Morgan Stanley
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 28, 2013
Dance Medicine Careers
Explore the wide array of career options in Dance Medicine including physical therapy, athletic training, podiatry, and research. What can you do now to start your career in Dance Medicine? Opportunities for volunteer and internship positions will be discussed.
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  • Alison Deleget - MS, ATC, Clinical Specialist
  • Joey Fernandez - MD, Internal Medicine/Sports Medicine Physician
  • Leigh Heflin - MA, MSc, Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator
  • Mark Hunter-Hall - MPT, Physical Therapist
  • Thomas Novella - DPM, Private Podiatry Practice
  • Leigh Schanfein - MS, Research Associate
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 18, 2013
Creative Careers for Creative People
Hear stories of creative careers from transitioned dancers that will inspire your own path and enable you to remain creatively vibrant as you identify parallel careers or step into a new phase of life.
Part 1Panel discussion (52:32)
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Part 2Group discussion (15:39)
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  • Jim Arnoff - Career Coach
  • Celeste Carlucci - Co-Creator of Fall Stop...MOVE STRONG
  • Sae La Chin - Founder of SayBayBee
  • Alvon Reed - Teaching Artist, Language Interpreter Student
  • Catherine Peila - Executive Director of Dance New Amsterdam
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 11, 2012
Parallel Career Resumes
Resumes are essential tools to compete in today's world. Learn how to write winning resumes using adaptable skills from your performing career to help you land your next off stage gig.
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ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 15, 2012
Social Media for Your Business
Social media tools can have a huge impact on your business's bottom line. Join our social media expert, Maryam Day, in this workshop to catch up on the innovations that will help to promote your new business and ideas.
Part 1Q & A Session (1:00:57)
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Part 2Summary (6:25)
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PanelMaryam Myika Day - Founder of Social Savv(v)y
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 12, 2012
LinkedIn for Your Job Search
Learn how to develop an online profile that represents you best, discover avenues into organizations where you want to work, and gather tools so that you can leverage LinkedIn with both wisdom and ease.
Part 1Introduction to LinkedIn (28:56)
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Part 2 Contacts & Connections (31:57)
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Part 3Recommendations & Settings (25:59)
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Part 4How Does LinkedIn Make Money? (5:36)
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PanelHaig Chahinian - Career Counselor, Social Media Expert, and Blogger at WorkplaceNudity: How to reveal your whole self at work.
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 27, 2012
Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2012
Hear from transitioned dancers and a Keynote Speaker about how the organization can help all dancers of all genres inside and outside of the dance field.
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  • Harrison McEldowney - choreographer and Creative Director of Wilson Dow Group
  • Ron De Jesus - (Movin' Out, Hubbard Street) Artistic Director of Ron de Jesus Dance
  • Carl Corry - (Joffrey Ballet) Pilates Fitness Inc.
  • Keith Elliott - (Joseph Holmes Dance Company) Co-creator of Dance For Life, Co-Founder of Chicago Takes Off
  • Cheryl Mann - (River North Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Company) Dance photographer
  • Rachel Northway - Regional Director of Nat'l Casino Marketing at Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Moderator
  • Suzie Jary, MSW, LCSW, TEP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Maryellen Langhout, MA, LPC, NBCCC - Career Counselor (Chicago)
DateJanuary 1, 2012
Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011: Plenary Speaker, Sara Stewart Schumann
Dancer-client Sara Stewart Schumann joined the law firm of Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy in 2011. Prior to law school, Schumann was a professional ballet dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer for nationally recognized dance and opera companies. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Sunday, October 2, 2011.
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DateOctober 2, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011: Where Are You in Your Transition?
An interactive exercise that helps you identify where you're starting from while expanding your connections in the community. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Sunday, October 2, 2011.
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ModeratorSuzie Jary, MSW, LCSW, TEP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 2, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011: The Party - Group Activity
The Party is an interactive group exercise that helps uncover interests and skills for future career possibilities. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change Chicago 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Sunday, October 2, 2011.
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ModeratorSuzie Jary, MSW, LCSW, TEP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 2, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011: Telling not selling
Rehearse your verbal communication skills with "30 second sound bites" and other tips that help you to be quick on your feet at interviews and when networking. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 7, 2011.
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  • Jesse Factor - Dancer-client
  • Jeanette Hardie - Dancer-client
  • Melissa Hillmer - Dancer-client
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 7, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011: Identifying your mission and personal statement
Identify the unique aspects of yourself that are key to defining your "good fit" career goals. Learn techniques for assembling your mission statement and staying focused on achievement. Includes tips from successful dancer-clients. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Part 1The starting point is you (65:09)
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Part 2How to design and fulfill it (42:46)
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ModeratorPaulette Fried, MSW, NCCC - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 7, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011: Welcome and Keynote Speaker Rachel Moore
Alexander Dubé, Executive Director, and Lauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW, Career Counselor, welcome attendees and special guest Rachel S. Moore, Executive Director of the American Ballet Theater. Rachel delivers the keynote speech. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 7, 2011.
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DateApril 7, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011: Creating choices and connections for your future
Introduction to Career Transition For Dancer's signature methodology. Identify your present situation and your long-term goals by developing choices and action plans. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 7, 2011.
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ModeratorSuzie Jary, MSW, LCSW, CP, PAT - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 7, 2011
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011: Careers in Dance
A panel of administrators, artistic directors, choreographers, costume designers, producers, and more, discuss their successful transitions from performing to behind-the-scenes careers in dance. This video is part of Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2011, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 7, 2011.
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  • Andrew Asnes - Theatrical Producer and Entrepreneur
  • Francesca Harper - Artistic Director and Founder, The Francesca Harper Dance Project
  • Matthew Keefe - Production Manager and Ballet Master, American Repertory Ballet
  • Wade Laboissonniere - Costume Designer
  • Ara Marx - Stage Manager
  • John-Mario Sevilla - Director, Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y
ModeratorSuzie Jary, MSW, LCSW, CP, PAT - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 7, 2011
Financial design for now and later
Ongoing financial wellness for performing artists is essential. Discover investment strategies to develop your IRA/portfolio/investment and estate planning for your current personal finances and the future. It's never too early to start!
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  • Amanda Clayman - Financial Wellness counselor at the Actors Fund
  • Robbin Cullinen - Financial Advisor at Penn Mutual
  • Rich Reda - Financial Advisor at Penn Mutual
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 7, 2011
Getting/completing your degree 2011
Are thinking about getting your bachelors degree or picking up where you left off? It's never too late to complete your education. Representatives from New York area undergraduate and associate degree programs will discuss the options for adults returning to college. They will be joined by performers who have pursued further education to develop their interests and career options. Co-sponsored by the Actors' Fund.
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  • Lisa Bostwick - dancer and student at Hunter College
  • Khadijah Cole - Admissions Recruiter at CUNY BA for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Tim Connell - Actor, AWP client and student at CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • Janet Eickhoff - Account Executive at Thomas Edison State College
  • Christopher Rolley - Recruitment and Outreach Specialist at Empire State College
  • Leo Schmidt - Stock Analyst at Chubb Corporation and former dancer
Moderator
  • Lauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Patricia Schwadron - Career Counselor Supervisor at The Actors Fund Work Program
DateJanuary 31, 2011
Job search over 40
Hear testimonials from entertainment professionals who have found work and meaningful sideline, parallel, and second careers where maturity, life experience and transferrable skills have sold them to employees.
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  • Lynn Berger - Private Practice Career Counselor and author of "The Savvy Part Time Professional"
  • Ken Starrett - Performing Artist
  • Katherine Fisher - Performing Artist
  • Dion Georges - Employment Counselor at Staff Design NYC
Moderator
  • Anita Lands - Career Consultant at JPMorgan Chase and Columbia University
  • Patricia Schwadron - Career Counselor Supervisor, The Actors Fund Work Program
DateJanuary 4, 2011
Teaching Careers in Dance 2010
Find out about dance education and regular certification for K-12, adult education and college teaching jobs.
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  • Jonathan Riedel - Graduate Student at SUNY Purchase College
  • Joan Finkelstein - New York City Department of Education
  • Norman Maxwell - NY Teaching Fellows program
  • Ann Rosen - United Federation of Teachers
  • Jody Arnhold - Foundations of Dance Education
Moderator
  • Lauren Gordon, MSW, LCSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Patricia Schwadron - Career Counselor Supervisor, The Actors Fund Work Program
DateDecember 15, 2010
Exploring medical professions
Hear from former dancers who have transitioned into traditional medical professions such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and more. Panelists will offer their practical advice to help dancers enter medical fields.
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  • Sarah Kappraff - Hunter College Pre-Med student
  • Jessica Martineau - Sarah Lawrence Genetics Counselor Program Student
  • Christie Norman - Registered Nurse
  • Michael Phillips - Veterinary Technician
  • Alfiero Supan - Brooklyn College Psychology Research Student
  • Patrick Wenning - Physical Therapist
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 18, 2010
Financing your education 2010
Learn the latest tips and resources to finance your education with grants, scholarships and loans to take your career to the next level.
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  • Leeanne G-Bowley - the Foundation Center
  • Rosemarie Mazzone - Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Glen Redpath - Fordham College of Liberal Studies/Lincoln Center
  • Rashmi Wadhvani - New York School of Interior Design
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateSeptember 13, 2010
Planting and growing your business 2010
Hear dancer-clients from our Business Group who have started their own companies and learn from their growing pains and gains.
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  • Joe Abraham - Partner at Webslinger Solutions, Co-Founder of Thriving Artist
  • Leslie-Arlette Boyce - Founder of Choreotography
  • Nya Bowman - Event Coordinator at NYC STAR Hospitalities
  • Danyelle Demchock - Founder of Inner Clarity Wellness Inc.
  • Ron Hoffman - Founder and President of Handcrafted by Hoffman
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 17, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: Wrap-up and next steps with Rosalynde LeBlanc
Rosalynde LeBlanc is a former dancer with Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company and the White Oak Dance Project, and is presently an adjunct professor. Plus, learn how Career Transition For Dancers can help you put all that you learned in Stepping into hope and change into action. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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DateApril 8, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: I've got my passion! Now, how do I use it?
Put the pieces together to create a picture for attracting your "good fit" career. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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ModeratorPaulette Fried, MSW, NCCC - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 8, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: Make this year count! Get a certification or degree in under a year.
Learn about specific training programs and certifications that can be obtained in less than a year. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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  • Susan Moran - Power Pilates
  • Joan Volpe - Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Alison Cramer - Laughing Lotus Yoga
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 8, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: Welcome and keynote address with Alex Dubé and James Fayette
Opening remarks, "Good fit" careers and the The Party Group Activity to explore individual interests. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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  • Alex Dubé - Executive Director of Career Transition For Dancers
  • Paulette Fried, MSW, NCCC - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
Moderator
  • Lauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Suzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 8, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: Putting your best self forward: Networking, marketing and entrepreneurial techniques
Are you thinking of starting a small business or non-profit organization? Learn how to market yourself and get your foot in the door faster. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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  • Aubrey Lynch Coaching, Joe Abraham - The Thriving Artist
  • Michelle Burkhart - Dance/NYC
  • Justina Gaddy - Degree Dance Collective
  • Ron Hoffman - Handcrafted by Hoffman
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 8, 2010
Stepping Into Hope and Change NYC 2010: What opportunities are out there? A look at hot career areas for future career planning
Learn how to take the experience and skills you already have and get into an industry that is in high demand. This video is part of Stepping into hope and change, a free career development conference for dancers held all-day Thursday, April 8, 2010.
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PanelPatch Schwadron - The Actors Fund, James Brown - New York Department of Labor, and Angela Treadway - Sullivan Physical Therapy
ModeratorAnita Lands - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 8, 2010
Embracing your transition
Explore the emotional side of change with special guest David J. Diamond.
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PanelDavid J. Diamond - Career Coaching for Artists, theatre consultant and producer
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 22, 2010
Health and fitness careers 2010
Hear inside information about pilates, fitness, yoga, wellness teacher training and other career paths.
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  • Carrie Kenneally, Director - Dancer Advantage Program at True Pilates New York
  • Roberta Wein - P.T., C.P.I., Owner and Creator of PT and Pilates
  • Wendy S. Ziecheck - MD, Radio City Rockettes
  • Elaine Winslow-Redmond - MS, ATC, EMT-b, Manager of Athletic Training & Health Management, Radio City Rockettes
  • Julie Miller - LCSW, LCAT, BC-DMT, Dance/Movement Therapist and Social Worker
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 22, 2010
Cool social networking for career development: Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
Find out how to use social media to promote your career. (In Partnership with Dance/NYC & the Actors Fund Work Program.)
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  • Patch Schwadron - Actors Fund Work Program, Career Counselor Supervisor
  • Ryan Davis - Musical Theater Director and Social Media Maven
  • Justina Gaddy - Dance/NYC, Youth Advisory Committee
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateNovember 16, 2009
Finding off-season & survival jobs
Learn how to make ends meet, get seasonal gigs, and be creative in your job search.
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  • Mike Schulster - Director of DANCE TEMP
  • Erin Tracy - Lululemon Athletica
  • Jill DeSena - Vice President of New York Legal, Carol Oneil & Associates
  • Leila Swenson - Dancer & job networker
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 26, 2009
The business of being a freelance dancer or choreographer
Find out how to master the business of show as an arts entrepreneur. (In partnership with Dance/NYC.)
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  • Michelle Burkhart - Dance/NYC, Executive Director
  • Amanda Clayman - The Actors' Fund, Financial Wellness Counselor
  • Adam Huttler - Fractured Atlas, Executive Director
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 18, 2009
Creating and navigating website design
Bridge the gap between your creative visions and web design. Be your own best guide to better website technology and navigation.
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  • Sae La Chin - Broadway Performer, currently creating a website
  • Chad Seib - Broadway Performer, Creator of achieveacademyofdance.com
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 23, 2009
The art of blogging
Connect to the world through the popular community of blogging, find better resources and ways to network.
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ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 23, 2009
How to survive & thrive in healing, wellness & fitness careers
Get a job in a rewarding industry while making a living and staying fit.
Part 1Audience Introductions & Panel Discussion (55:56)
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Part 2Panel Discussion Continued and Q & A Session (51:34)
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  • Lili Calahan - LMSW Social Worker / Psychotherapist, Phelps Memorial Hospital
  • Monica Celeste Johnson - Clinical Stress Reduction Consultant, HRA/NYC
  • Judith Scott - Health and Exercise Trainer and Author
  • Alison Deleget - MSATC, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
  • Megan Richardson - MSATC, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
  • Christine McEwan - Gyrotonic / Pilates / Fitness Trainer, Kinespirit
  • Kyira A. Harris - Health / Nutrition Consultant, Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Keys to Abundant Life, Inc.
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJanuary 26, 2009
ABCs of Financial Planning
Experts in the field give dancers advice on how to effectively achieve financial liberation.
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  • Susan Sigrist - Broadway dancer, photographer, dance and exercise teacher and theatrical wardrobe dresser
  • Leo Schmidt - CFA Vice President, Chubb Corporation
  • Krisha Marcano - Actress, singer, Broadway dancer and entrepreneur
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW, career counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateNovember 17, 2008
Getting/completing your degree
It's never too late to get your degree. Find out about your options for education and how to best put your degree to use.
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  • Merle Holloman - Former Ballet and Modern dancer seeking a degree at La Guardia Community College
  • Quincella Swyninga - Former dancer seeking a degree at Empire State College
  • Peter Altman - Admissions Coordinator, City University of New York
  • Zeita-Marion Lobley - Student Affairs Coordinator, City University of New York
  • Lucy Winner - Professor, Empire State College
  • Cathy Hasse - Former Actor seeking a degree through City University of New York
  • Mark Baird - Former Ballet dancer seeking a degree through the LEAP program at St. Mary's College
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateSeptember 15, 2008
Start-up business advice and resources
Dancers turned entrepreneurs provide tips on how to start your business and identify financial resources to succeed.
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  • Olimpia Hernandez - Artistic Director of Allonge Dance Studio
  • Melinda D. Cloobeck - Financial Advisor with Smith Barney
  • Billie Kimmell - Actor, singer, dancer
  • Karl du Hoffman - Actor singer, dancer
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 7, 2008
High powered, big bucks careers
Panelists talk about what it takes to become a tycoon or a mover and shaker.
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  • Susan Mitchell - Former dancer, currently National Field Marketing Coordinator, Remy Cointreau, USA
  • Olinda Turturro - Real Estate Broker, Bond, NY
  • Michael Deane - Operations Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • Leo Schmidt - Former dancer, VP, Chubb Corporation
  • Buck Collins - Former Ballet Dancer, President of Leaps & Bounds Productions, Inc.
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 25, 2008
Teaching artist opportunities in K-12
Learn how to hone in on your dance skills to get that perfect teaching job.
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  • Gair Morris - Former dancer, VP, New York Kids Club
  • Kaya J. Chwals - Program Director, HAI Youth Leadership Program Laura Danette - Teaching Artist, TADA & Lee Strassberg Theater Instutute
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJanuary 28, 2008
How to find grant and scholarship money
Receive in-depth, step-by-step strategies on how to search, acquire, and fully utilize grant & scholarship money.
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Panel
  • Linda J. Park - Program Officer, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Luz Rodriguez - Training Coordinator, The Foundation Center
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateSeptember 17, 2007
How to be a teaching artist in the public schools
A special panel presents personal insights on teaching opportunities in the NYC Metro area and discusses the many unique resources available for teaching artists.
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  • Karen Giombetti - Director of Dance, Orange High School, NJ
  • Thecla Harris - Rosie's Broadway Kids, PS Broadway
  • Carol Bryan - Director of Education & Outreach, Stamford Center for the Arts
  • Ronald Hoffman - Circus Clown, Co-Founder, Two Left Feet Dancing Duo
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 7, 2007
How to plant and grow your business
Successful dancers share their personal business secrets and offer advice and tips.
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  • Jane Labanz - Calligraphy business owner and performing artist
  • Daryl Richardson - Founder of non-profit organization
  • Alyssa Dodson - Health practitioner
  • Tracey Bonner - Franchise business owner
  • Lynn Sullivan - Arts and Events
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 16, 2007
Juggling your life and career part II
Career and life coaches, provide helpful tips on how to manage your life. They also discuss the profession of being a life/wellness coach.
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  • Sue Gilad - Published author, motivational speaker, and financial/entrepreneurial coach
  • Jan Simmons Bickford - Life, career and business coach
  • Martha Williams - Personal coach and choreographer
  • Roger Dewitt - Life and business coach for artists
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 12, 2007
Careers in performing arts therapies
Occupational, creative arts, dance and drama therapy opportunities discussed with a panel of experts.
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  • Ruth Buckley-Maderski - Dance Movement Therapist
  • Rachel Brandoff - Adjunct Faculty Teacher, Creative Arts Therapy
  • Diane B. Tewfik - Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Program, York College
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJanuary 22, 2007
Health and wellness careers
Nutrition, fitness, yoga and job resources discussed with a panel of experts.
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  • Caitlin Grater - Nutritional Counselor
  • Camille Rommett - Executive Director, Zena Rommett Dance Foundation
  • Matt McCullouch - Fitness Trainer; Business Manager, Pilates on Fifth
  • Holly Raye - Therapist
  • Alison Delaget - Clinical Specialist, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateOctober 30, 2006
Injuries and illness
Advice on how to deal with injuries and illness while you are performing and after you transition.
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  • Michael Ing - Dancer and physical therapist
  • Valerie LaVarco - Business representative for Workers' Compensation, Actors' Equity Association
  • Catherine Cabeen - Dancer and Choreographer
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 8, 2006
Business basics
Panelists discuss logistics and basic requirements needed to start a business.
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  • Martin Handelsman - Private investor
  • Ana Maria Andricain - Former dancer, owner of jewelry line
  • Alyssa Dodson - Former Graham dancer and teacher now running her own bodywork practice in structural integration
  • Susan Mitchell - Pilates studio owner and author of The Tao of Movement
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 10, 2006
Health and fitness careers
Panelists provide information on training and careers in physical therapy, pilates, yoga and personal fitness training, as well other opportunities in the corporate fitness sector.
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  • Mark Hall - Physical Therapist
  • Katherine and Kimberly Corp - Owners, Pilates on Fifth
  • Yamuna Zale - Creator of Yamuna Body Roller, Owner, Yamuna Studio
  • Bonnie Patrick Mattialian - President and Owner, Club and Spa Synergy Group
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateNovember 14, 2005
Back in the classroom
Panelists discuss their experiences of getting back to the classroom; from taking tests, managing workloads and dealing with the possible age gap of other students.
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  • Caitlin Grater - Assistant Administrator, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Dottie Belle Meymann - Former Radio City Rockette, studying for B.S. degree majoring in Health Promotions
  • Zazel-Chavah O'Gara - Former modern dancer, now dance therapist and motivational speaker
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateSeptember 26, 2005
Balancing life and work
Dancers discuss balancing school, kids, parents, and offer stress busters.
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  • Judine Somerville - President, justjudine.com, motivational speaker and dance fitness coach
  • Karen Gambetti - Former Broadway dancer, director, choreographer, and parent, Director of high school program
  • Marvin Webb - Former dancer, office administrator for an interactive media company
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 6, 2005
Embracing the fear of transition 2005
An interactive workshop that assists dancers in developing tools to help manage the stress/fear of transitioning.
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  • Lauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Suzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 6, 2005
The Diamond Group: Survival and moving on
Members from the organization's Diamond Group share life stories and provide tips on how to best navigate a career transition.
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  • Mary Barnett - Former modern dancer, international dance educator
  • Eileen Casey - Former Musical Theater performer, costume artist for Phantom of the Opera
  • Irene Clark - Producer and Arts Administrator
  • Liliana Morales - Flamenco dancer
  • Ann Murphy - Former Raio City Rockette, published author
  • Susan Sigrist - Former Musical Theater performer, costume artist for Musical Theater
  • Felicia D'Amico Velasco - Former ballet dancer, ballet instructor
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 18, 2005
Higher and higher education
An overview of some of the best college programs that appeal to the working dancer. Representatives from St. Mary's College LEAP Program, the City University of New York, (CUNY), SUNY- Empire State College, Columbia University, NYU, and others describe their programs.
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ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 21, 2005
Networking
Panelists discuss effective networking strategies, in-person and online, and how to appropriately follow up and keep in touch.
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  • Janetta Betz - dancer-client and former professional ballet dancer
  • Cara Jean McCarthy - Former musical theatre dancer
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateDecember 13, 2004
Embracing the fear of transition 2004
An experiential workshop that assists dancers in managing and embracing fear of the transition process.
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  • Lauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Suzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 7, 2004
How to find teaching jobs
Panelists discuss how to navigate the range of sites for dance-related teaching positions: NYC public schools, arts organizations, guest artist programs, colleges and dance schools.
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  • Aleta Hayes and Linda Lebel - Dancers in Transition
  • Dana Perez - City Center Education Department
  • Jeannine Otis - Marymount Manhattan College
  • Tracy Strauss - National Dance Institute
  • Catherine Casey - CAMBA
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 8, 2004
Dancers and taxes
A discussion of specific tax and financial essentials, especially for dancers.
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PanelConard Fowkes and Mary Lou Westerfield - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJanuary 12, 2004
The emotional side of change
Participants learn about the normal and predictable emotional stages in the process of change and how to most effectively manage it.
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  • Lauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
  • Suzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 9, 2003
Dance in education
Experienced teachers and educators from 92nd Street Y, Together in Dance, Lincoln Center Institute, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Towson University, and The Joyce Theater, participate in a discussion about the field of dance in education.
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  • Louise Heit - 92nd Street Y
  • Rosylyn Biskin - Together in Dance
  • Lynn Brown - Lincoln Center institute
  • Astrid Van Ussar - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Vickie Angel - The Joyce Theater
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 29, 2003
Your next career in health and fitness
A panel of dancer / providers share their experiences in launching practices in pilates, yoga, fitness training and other bodywork methods.
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  • Amy Jordan - Fitness and Aerobics instructor
  • Jeanette Davis-Esposito - Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor with own business
  • Michael Ing - Physical Therapist in private practice
  • Haila Scott - Director of Fitness Instruction Program, Marymount Manhattan
  • Keri Lee - Yoga instructor, Coordinator of in-house fitness program
  • Kevin Kortan - Yoga Teacher, The Feldenkrais Institute
  • Anastasi Siotas - Teacher, The Feldenkrais Institute
  • Judith Scot - Author and expert in back pain treatment
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 28, 2003
Navigating the web for jobsites, online courses & quick training programs
An informative discussion about the latest websites and online programs for your next career and for training and education. Since holding this seminar, Career Transition For Dancers has created its own career resource directory, Transition links on careertransition.org.
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  • Martha Cataldo-Casey - Dancer and Educator
  • Stephanie Tack - Dancer and Arts Administrator
  • Patch Schwadron - The Actors' Work Program, Dancer / Career Counselor
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 27, 2003
Money and taxes
Tips from financial experts about saving and investing money, including a do's and don'ts about taxes.
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  • Mitchell Rosegarten - Former dancer, AAMS, A.G. Edwards & Sons
  • Kathryn O'Hagan - Morgan Stanley
ModeratorLauren Gordon, MSW - Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 20, 2003
Design your life
An interactive workshop on how to build on your skills as a dancer to focus and achieve your goals.
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PanelAnn Marie DeAngelo - Producer, director, choreographer, and coach
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 3, 2002
The fabric of America
A diverse panel of dancers discuss how their new roles help shape the arts and entertainment field to be more inclusive of all those who contribute to it.
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Panel
  • Mercedes Ellington - Artist, Choreographer, Director, Producer
  • Michael Mao - Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Arts Administrator
  • Virginia Johnson - Editor, Pointe Magazine; former Prima Ballerina of Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Emilio Sosa - Costume Designer for dance and theatre
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 22, 2002
Take charge of money
A banking industry professional discusses how to take charge of money and use basic money management strategies for fiscal health.
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PanelKaren Callahan - Vice President, The Bank of New York
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMarch 20, 2002
Entrepreneurial dancers
Former dancers share their success stories on how they started their own businesses.
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  • Ronald Lee - President of Group Sales Box Office
  • Jeanette Davis - Owner, Symmetry Studio
  • Joe Locaro - Founder, Suspension Productions
  • Evelyn Kirchner - Manager, Dance Times Square
  • Tony Meredith - Owner, Dance Times Square
  • Melanie LaPatin - Owner, Dance Times Square
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateFebruary 11, 2002
Help! I need a non-performing resume
Client Services Consultant, Suzie Jary, facilitates an interactive and descriptive workshop on creating a resume to target non-performing jobs in the marketplace.
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PanelSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 4, 2001
Career opportunities in the arts fields
Panelists describe their work in arts in education, arts administration and artists' management.
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  • Richard Toda - Arts in Education, Teaching Artist
  • Karen Curlee - Arts in Education
  • Stephanie Eley-Yahjian - Arts Administration
  • Anna Marta Sala - Arts Management
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateApril 23, 2001
Covering the basics: Health insurance and financial planning
Discussions about obtaining health insurance as a freelance artist or while in career transition. Panelists discuss taking a pro-active approach to one's personal finances and fiscal health.
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  • Robert Carr, Co-Founder - Lutz and Carr, CPA, LLP
  • Faith Shaw Petrides - Dance Professional Associates
  • Rick Matzger - Abram, Gavin, and Vogel
  • Marijeane Liederbach - Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
  • Jim Brown - The Actors Fund of America, Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Client Services Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateJune 5, 2000
Creative options, outlets and attitudes
An interactive discussion about the practical and emotional steps in the transition process and how to keep creativity alive after leaving the stage. Panelists include former dancers who currently enjoy careers in publishing, financial services, entrepreneurial business and retail management and simultaneously continue to teach dance and choreograph.
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  • Virginia Johnson - Former Prima Ballerina, Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Tracy Inman - Former dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • Leda Meredith - Former Principal Dancer, Jennifer Muller and Dances Patrelle
  • Ron Young - Broadway veteran for 30 years
ModeratorRoni Dengel - Co-Founder of The Working Actor
DateApril 10, 2000
Starting your own business
A business consultant for artists shares basic principles for launching entrepreneurial artistic ventures or other career alternatives.
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PanelSusan Schear - Business consultant for artists, Artisin Consulting Services
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateMay 27, 1999
Letting go and moving on: Is there life after dance?
Dance Magazine Advice Columnist and author discusses the emotional side of transition and the predictable stages one goes through when letting go of the sole "dancer identity."
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PanelDr. Linda Hamilton - Clinical psychologist and former NYCB dancer
DateFebruary 1, 1999
Career Night: Dancers who have transitioned
Dancers describe their transition and new careers in physical therapy, graphic design, pilates, and real estate.
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  • Mary Beth Budd - Starting Your Own Business
  • Kevin Bogue - Earning Your Degree from Empire State University
  • Tim Schultheis - Graphic Designer
  • Marc Hunter-Hall - Physical Therapist
  • Heather Stein - Real Estate Sales
  • Jeannette Davis - The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning
ModeratorSuzie Jary, LCSW, CP - Consultant, Career Transition For Dancers
DateNovember 16, 1998
Money for school
Former dancers share their knowledge on how they financed their college education and discuss resources for financial aid.
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  • Suzie Jary - Former Broadway Dancer
  • Sandra Bronfman - Former Ballet Dancer
ModeratorElizabeth Campbell, MS
DateJune 1, 1993
Dance therapy
A panel discusses the transition from dance into massage therapy, chiropractic care and make-up artistry.
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DateJanuary 25, 1993