Dancer Transition Resource Centre

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Founded in 1985 by former ballerina Joysanne Sidimus,[1][2][3] the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is a Canadian charity that provides counselling and retraining grants to dancers making career transitions.[4] In 2006, Joysanne Sidimus was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, in part due to her work establishing the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.[5][6][7]Karen Kain was the founding Board President of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.[8]

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is a member of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers(IOTPD).[9] Other organizations in the IOTPD include: Career Transition For Dancers (US),[10] The Dancers' Career Development (UK),[11] Association Pour la Reconversion des Danseurs Professionnels (Switzerland).[12]


  1. ^ William Littler, "Is there life after dance?", Toronto Star, August 31, 1985
  2. ^ Dierdre Kelly, "Av Paul finds there is life after dance", The Globe and Mail, May 11, 1985
  3. ^ Jamie Portman, "A dancer's short life: many can't cope after careers end", The Ottawa Citizen, February 1, 1986
  4. ^ Susan Walker, The Toronto Star, Entertainment, January 31, 2008,
  5. ^ Governor General's Performing Arts Awards website entry for Joysanne Sidimus, Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Natasha Gauthier, "Sidimus improved life for dancers stepping into career change", The Ottawa Citizen, November 4, 2006
  7. ^ Martin Knelman, "Toronto artists' night to shine/Gala honours our nation's best", The Toronto Star, November 6, 2006
  8. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2008-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ IOTPD website at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-08-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  10. ^ Career Transition for Dancers website at Archived 2017-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Dancers' Career Development website at
  12. ^ French-speaking part of Switzerland Transition centre website at