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Retiring From the Stage and Looking for a Second Career? You Have Lots of Options.

I want to help dancers when I retire from performing. Can you tell me what jobs might work?

—Julian, Washington, DC



Dancers often excel at a variety of careers because of their amazing work ethic. Many go on to become physical therapists, doctors, social workers, Pilates instructors, acupuncturists or massage therapists. Obviously, each vocation has different academic requirements, with some taking longer than others. For me, it took eight years of school followed by two years of a supervised internship and a job in a hospital before I took a licensing exam in psychology. Time flies when you're passionate about your work, and I was able to continue performing while I attended school full-time. I found joy in staying in the arts while wearing a different hat. Retiring from the stage doesn't mean you've left your home.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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