Caroline H. Newhouse, Philanthropic Champion of Dancers, Dead at 93

Obituaries   Caroline H. Newhouse, Philanthropic Champion of Dancers, Dead at 93 Caroline H. Newhouse, the philanthropic angel of the arts and a major donor to Career Transitions for Dancers, which helps ballet and Broadway dancers when dance is no longer a career option, died April 26 at the age of 93.

Mrs. Newhouse was a board member for Career Transitions For Dancers (CTFD), and a major benefactor of its annual gala. She was the widow of Theodore Newhouse, one of the three founding brothers of the Newhouse communications company.

Mrs. Newhouse was born Caroline Herz in Polch, Germany, and studied art history at the University of Heidelberg.  She came to the United States in 1934, and married Theodore Newhouse in 1956. They lived in Manhattan and Roxbury, where Mrs. Newhouse worked in her sculpture studio. Mrs. Newhouse received a number of tributes over the years for her art work, which has been exhibited throughout the country.

Mrs. Newhouse was a member of the board of New York City Opera and CTFD and has been an important contributor to many leading cultural institutions in America.

Beyond helping to preserve and extend organizations, she was interested in the development of individual artists. She sponsored the training of many young ballet dancers. Unheralded, she also helped dancers to receive physical therapy for their injuries.

When Mrs. Newhouse and her husband donated $1 million to Career Transitions she said that she felt a special bond with dancers, who often served as models for her artworks.  "While you sculpt, you talk, and they told me how hard they have to work in order to perform," she said. "There is no time for them to do anything except dance, dance, dance. And at 29, the body doesn't react anymore as it did when you were 19." He generosity sponsored a CTFD Scholarship Fund. She served for numerous years as the co-chair of the annual galas including the upcoming ninth gala, Gotta Dance, A Dance Tribute to Hollywood, which is to be held on Oct. 27 at City Center.  Dinner Chair is Amy Bermant Adler, her granddaughter.

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Career Transition For Dancers, The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has helped over 2,500 professional dancers identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option.

Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 32,000 hours of one-on-one career counseling — at no cost — and has awarded over $1.7 million in educational scholarships. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops; peer support groups; resource centers; a toll free national hotline; a website; and the new National Networking Directory.

The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is now located in new expanded offices at 165 West 46th Street Suite 701 (at Broadway, the Actors' Equity Building).