It’s all you hear about in the news, and it has effected the Dance Community.
It is hard to stay optimistic when you hear about companies such as New York City Ballet cutting as many as 11 dancers from their rosters. If NYCB, a company who I would consider top notch, is having financial issues, imagine how the small regional Dance Companies are struggling. (link to article)
Sarcamento Ballet cancelled the rest of it’s season. (link to article)
Even worse yet, no companies are hiring for the 2009-2010 season discouraging potential professional dancers from persuing their talents.
What do you do when this happens to you? How do you survive when you are laid off and have no place to dance? I have experienced this first hand as the company that I dance for had to cancel it’s February show of Coppelia due to lack of ticket sales. Instead of complaining about something I couldn’t control, I decided that I needed to do what was in my best interest.
You can look at these periods of layoff as blessings in disguise. Come on, you know you can’t dance forever, so this is the perfect opportunity to discover your other talents. Take this time off to enroll in a college class, pass on your knowledge by teaching dance, or think about heading off to a new company.
I have taken this wonderful opportunity to continue to develop my Personal Training business. Over the two months that I have been laid off from ballet, I have been able to sign on 10 new clients, create videos, and work on my marketing campaigns.
Be proactive. Don’t let these hard economic times get you down! Develop your other interests and begin paving a path to your career transition after dance.
-Nikol Klein, ISSA CPT/SPN and Professional Ballet Dancer
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