Ballet Dancers in Career Transition: Sixteen Success Stories

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A professional dancer's career, like a professional athlete's, lasts an average of 10 to 15 years. Once the prime years of physical prowess have passed retirement is inevitable, but dancers still have many years of adult life ahead. The challenge for many is making the transition into a new career.

Motivated by her own career transition, author Nancy Upper interviewed former ballet dancers who made successful transitions into new careers after they stopped performing.

Part 1 of the book features dancers who remained in ballet-related careers. Part 2 features four individuals who chose careers outside the field of dance. Part 3 focuses on dancers who pursued non-dance careers that help dancers and other performing artists. Appendices include the marketable qualities dancers develop as a result of their training, career transition tips, transition resources, and a graph mapping the transition process.

About the Author
Arts marketing consultant and journalist Nancy Upper is a former ballet dancer. She now resides in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418190
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 978,128
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arts marketing writer Nancy Upper is a former ballet dancer. She now lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 3
Introduction 5
I Other careers in ballet 9
Edward Villella : reinvented himself 11
Violette Verdy : from Tchaikovsky to tenure 19
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride : Etoiles 30
Ben Stevenson : "sort of just happened" 65
Nancy Raffa : journey from the heart 85
II New careers outside of ballet 101
Michael Byars : from barre to bar 103
Jeff Plourde : dancing into accounting 111
Erin Stiefel Inch : high EI 121
Max Fuqua : soared again by diving 138
III Non-ballet careers related to dance 151
Amanda Ose : her dream came true 153
Linda Hamilton, Ph.D. : solutions in psychology 166
Joysanne Sidimus : Canadian collaborations 177
Jim Sohm : mentored mentor 186
Robin Hoffman : stage to page to worldwide web 202
Christopher Nelson : reverse transition 216
A Map of innovation and transition 235
B Transition tips 239
C Adaptive skills and personal qualities 243
D Career transition resources 247
E Dancer master list 255
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