International work IOTPD

The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD)

Read the full report from the 2015 IOTPD Meeting and International Transition Conference in Seoul here.

2014 IOTPD Meeting in Amsterdam

From Sunday 15 Tuesday 17 June 2014 Jennifer Curry, Executive Director and Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer attended the annual meeting of the IOTPD in Amsterdam. In attendance were delegates from Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America, with guests from Belgium and Spain.

From left to right:

Tom de Jager (Belgium), Agns Wasserman (France), Alex Dub (USA), Amanda Hancox (Canada), Csar Casares (Spain), Lieke van Campen (Holland), Karien van Schaik (Holland), Ellen Chambers (UK), Jennifer Curry (UK), Mun Ghy Min (Korea), In-ja Park (Korea), Sarah Guillermin (Switzerland), Paul Bronkhorst (Holland), In Young Sohn (Korea) Missing on this picture: Sabrina Sadowska from Germany.

A founder member of the IOTPD, the UK continues to be an active member of the International Network and the annual meetings serve as a highly valuable opportunity for discussion around programmes and services, trends, concerns, and issues.

Philippe Braunschweig Grant

This spring applications were received for the inaugural IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant. The grant honours the organizations Founding President and is meant for professional dancers who have had an international career and who don't qualify for transition support from any one of the countries where they have danced. While there were several applications of merit, none of the applicants fully met the criteria of the grant and therefore the IOTPD was unable to award the grant this year.

Find out more about the IOTPD Phillip Braunschweig Grant

Background of the IOTPD

At an age when others are just entering their productive professional years, the dancer's performing career ends. Years of training and rigorous apprenticeship prepare the dancer for a profession that is relentless in its demands, scarce in its material rewards and fiercely defended by those involved in it. Dance is a vocation, more than a profession. Professional dancers make major contribution to cultural life and economy, but the performing life is intense, insecure and short. When it comes to an end, either by personal choice, physical limitation or injury, the dancer faces a difficult challenge.

In Great Britain the Dancers Career Development was founded in 1973. Canadas Dancer Transition Center was created in 1985 as was Career Transition For Dancers in New York (US). The Retraining Program for Dancers in the Netherlands was established in 1986. The success of these centers, together with the universality of the issue, led to the creation of an international organization to promote activities concerning transition for dancers around the world.

The IOTPD was formed in 1993 in Lausanne, Switzerland with a mission to alleviate the challenges that professional dancers face worldwide when transitioning to a post-dance career. The IOTPD develops all kind of initiatives that document the scope of the problem worldwide and approaches taken currently to alleviate it; formulating recommendations to improve the career transition process; and publicizing both the problem and possible solutions to all stakeholders in and outside the dance community. The IOTPD aims to heighten awareness of the career transition problem worldwide; help the nonprofit sector and dancers themselves improve the career transition process; extend dancers' creative lives; and serve as a model program for other workforce sectors in which talented individuals confront a short performing career.

The original members of the International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers.

From left to right: Linda Yates (UK) Joysanne Sidimus (CA) Philippe Braunschweig (CH) Elizabeth Campbell (US) Paul Bronkhorst (NL)


Through co-ordination of existing programs of counseling, advice and support and through research and advocacy, the IOTPD's goal is that every professional dancer will be equipped to make successful transitions.

The IOTPD works:

  • to encourage research about the role of the dancer in society and the transition process
  • to disseminate information about transition issues
  • to study and organize practical measures to meet the needs of professional dancers.
  • to develop, implement and encourage training institutions to ensure that students receive the necessary life skills
  • to organize regular meetings, providing an opportunity for people working in the field to share experiences, learn, find support and renew commitment.

"Dance is an important component of the cultural life of every society. In utilizing movement, the most honest form of human communication, professional dancers play a vital role in reflecting society to itself and others. Dancers also contribute economically through their work... Because society benefits form the dancers' art during their dance career and from their activities after transition, society should assist in the transition process."

Benefits of membership in the IOTPD

  • obtain valuable international contacts
  • have a voice on an international level
  • receive results of research and study
  • obtain information about the work of existing and emerging transition centers.

Who Belongs to the IOTPD

  • existing transition centers
  • dance companies
  • training institutions
  • associations and unions of professional dancers
  • others who share an interest in the work, including academics and both national and international governmental agencies.


International Organisation for the Transition of Professional Dancers
President: Paul Bronkhorst

International Retraining Organisations


Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)

Amanda Hancox Executive Director
The Lynda Hamilton Centre
250 The Esplanade, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 1J2
Telephone +1 416 595 5655
Facsimile: +1 416 595 0009


Centre national de la danse

Departement Ressources professionnelles/ Professional Resources Department
1, rue Victor Hugo
93507 Pantin Cedex
Telephone: +33 / (0)1 41 83 98 36
Fax: +33 / (0)1 41 83 98 41


Stiftung TANZ - Transition Zentrum Deutschland Kollwitzstr. 64

10435 Berlin
Telephone: +4930 978 68 346


Dancers' Career Development Center

196-1 Myeongnyun-dong 4-ga
Seoul 110-524

Telephone: +82 (0)2 720-6202, 6208
Fax: +82 (0)2 720-6272


Retraining Program for Dancers

Stichting Omscholingsregeling Dansers (SOD)

Paul Bronkhorst Executive Director
P.O. Box 85806
2508 CM The Hague
Telephone+31 (0)70 306 56 78
Facsimile: +31 (0)70 358 46 16


RDP - Reconversion des danseurs professionnels

Accompagnement la transition de carriere
57, rue de Geneve
1004 Lausanne
Telephone: + 41 78 878 58 01


Career Transition For Dancers is now under the arm of the Actors Fund

National Headquarters New York City
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: +1 212.221.7300