The average dancer leaves performing by their mid-30s, often facing the critical question: What’s next?
Until 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.