"Career Transitions For Dancers has helped thousands of dancers over the past thirty years in taking their first steps in discovering rewarding second careers," said CTFD chairman Emerita and former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Cynthia Gregory in a press statement. "Joining forces with The Actors Fund will continue to strengthen and enhance these services to dancers nationally."
"The Actors Fund also helps dancers and we pride ourselves on responding to their unique needs," added Actors Fund trustee Bebe Neuwirth. "In working together, both organizations will be better positioned to help more dancers across the country to thrive during all phases of their careers."
The Actors Fund, which services more than 21,000 people per year, is dedicated to helping anyone in need, crisis or transition who works in entertainment and the performing arts, including theatre, dance, TV, film and opera. Their offices are in New York, L.A. and Chicago.
CTFD's annual gala will take place Sept. 28 at New York City Center, celebrating the organization's 30th anniversary. Tickets to the final gala are still available by visiting CareerTransition.
CTFD arose out of an effort, spearheaded by celebrated dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille in 1982, to assist dancers both during and at the end of their careers. It was founded in 1985 by Edward Weston and was originally administered as an initiative of The Actors Fund in New York City. "The Actors Fund’s full range of services are also available to the dance community and will serve to complement those of Career Transition For Dancers," state press notes. Some of these services include emergency financial assistance, health insurance enrollment and counseling, affordable housing assistance and secondary career and employment counseling. For more information visit ActorsFund.