Since its opening, CTFD has provided 46,000 hours of career counseling to 4,600 active clients across the U.
On November 8, CTFD marks 25 years with its annual gala at New York's City Center.
The evening raises industry awareness "that CTFD provides a light at the end of the dance tunnel," says DeAngelo.
Last year the gala helped CTFD provide $525,000 in counseling for 272 dancer-clients, and $428,000 worth of scholarships for tuition, professional certification, and training.
With one phone call, a whole new life can open up for a dancer even before he or she is thinking of retirement," said CTFD
chair and former ABT ballerina Cynthia Gregory.
CTFD hosted a glittery gala on October 25 in New York City, which included a performance at the Kaye Playhouse.
For more information on CTFD, call (212) 581-7043 or (213) 549-6660.
Says Suzie Jarie, director of client services at CTFD, "Dancers often state that there was no ad of consciously choosing a career, but that the dancing chose them.
But CTFD reminds dancers that they have transferable skills that most employers would salivate over, such as the ability to work independently and as part of a team, the ability to take direction, intelligence, discipline, persistence, motivation, flexibility, stamina, and being able to think quickly and under pressure.
Former dancers who have used CTFD can still be found in the dance world--as teachers, choreographers, arts administrators, and career counselors for dancers--and as far from it as possible, on Wall Street, as veterinarians, chefs, lawyers, and landscape architects.
CTFD will unite the dance world and dance lovers for its cause at the gala, which will feature troupes ranging from Pilobolus to American Ballet Theatre.