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Alexander J. Dubé, Former CTFD President, Passes at 67

The dance world lost one of its most dedicated advocates last night. Alexander J. Dubé, who launched the first-ever dance management agency and later went on to lead Career Transition for Dancers, passed at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer. Born in Massachusetts, Dubé began as a tap dancer before studying modern and ballet […]

CTFD Turns 30

There is life after dance. But what does it hold? For 30 years, Career Transition For Dancers has been helping artists build the skills they need to figure that out. On September 28, the nonprofit celebrates the anniversary at its annual gala, with performances by Parsons Dance, artists from American Ballet Theatre, Jason Samuels Smith […]

How Can Dancers Break Into Teaching?

Judy Rice (in red) teaching at University of Michigan. Photo by Peter Smith for Dance Teacher. Have you ever wondered about a career in teaching? How would you start? How should you prepare yourself? What kinds of opportunities are out there? The newly formed partnership between Career Transition For Dancers and The Actors Fund has some […]

Career Transition Merges with The Actors Fund

Two organizations, each with a long history of helping dancers, will merge, to better serve us all. By the end of this year, Career Transition For Dancers‘ operations will move into The Actors Fund‘s offices in Manhattan, L.A. and Chicago. This is great news. Since you may be more familiar with CTFD—which holds its 30th-anniversary […]

Singing, Dancing, and More at Career Transition For Dancers Gala

Everything is beautiful at the ballet, just like Kelly Bishop, the original A Chorus Line Sheila, sang at the Career Transition for Dancers gala last night. But what’s often not beautiful—actually, rather frightening—is a dancer’s realization that her career is ending and the “Now what?” feeling that she’s left with. That’s where CTFD comes in, […]

Vital Signs

The Better Half This month, three dancers from Lucky Plush Productions and two performers from physical theater company 500 Clown band together for a performance of Julia Rhoads ( a 2010 “25 to Watch”) and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig’s The Better Half. This evocative new LPP work is based on George Cukor’s 1944 melodrama Gaslight, which […]

Advice for Dancers

    I loved your recent talk at the Healthy Body Workshop at Steps on Broadway. It was inspiring to hear you say that my body image could improve if I stopped criticizing myself in the mirror. I still check my line, but I don’t nitpick anymore, and I feel so much better in class. […]

Dance Matters: What Comes Next

Bebe Neuwirth in All That Jazz at the 2005 CTFD gala.     From early training throughout their professional lives, dancers are flooded with information about everything from correct placement to audition techniques. But retirement—and what comes next—is a subject that used to be avoided. In 1985, Career Transition For Dancers started to fill in […]