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Beyond performance.

In the nine years since we published the very first Beyond Performance, we've talked to dancers who've become bakers and gardeners, personal trainers and nutritionists, event producers, stagehands, makeup artists, dance writers and photographers. They run arts organizations and open dance studios. They start businesses to design and sell products that enhance the lives of others.

Some choices, like teaching or Pilates certification, seem a natural extension of a dance career. Others are more surprising and require specialized education or talent: lawyers, physicians, illustrators, filmmakers, fragrance designers. All the choices are inspiring for dancers who are considering their own next steps.

In the following pages, you'll meet 10 artists who've found fulfillment offstage, whether as a career change or on the side while continuing to dance. Their stories offer yet more evidence that the discipline and drive it takes to become a dancer will lead you to success in just about anything you put your mind to.

Please enjoy. And if you have a second career story of your own to tell, contact me at

Karen Hildebrand, Editor
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Author:Hildebrand, Karen
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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