Professional dancers are also known as the top athletes among performing artists. Their work is more than just a job. It is an intensive, demanding career, which requires passion and dedication.
Dancers are so dedicated that they forget that dancing is their job – it is their life. The downside of a dancing career is that its intensive and demanding character means that it doesn’t last long. At a certain point, dancers have to end their performing career and choose a new profession.
This happens at an age when a career is just starting to take off in other professions.
To make this transition easier, the Stichting Omscholingsregeling Dansers was founded in 1986. This program provides support for dancers who want to make a new start in society, through giving counselling and careers advice, and a financial contribution towards realising the new choice of profession.