The average dancer leaves performing by their mid-30s, often facing the critical question: What’s next?
recently, the answer has been all but clear. It
would seem obvious that decades of intense discipline, long hours of
practice and deep passion and commitment for the craft would produce a
valuable human being with a skill-set worthy of a potent and fulfilling
second career. Yet, many retired ballet dancers relegate themselves to
becoming teachers of dance – a noble endeavor that only some genuinely
enjoy – or transition to a similar profession utilizing a portion of
their physical intelligence (bodywork, Pilates, physical therapy, etc.)
What can dancers do beyond dance? Read what dancer and arts executive John Michael Schert has to say on this topic.