Launched in the summer of 2007 with a $150,000 grant from BC/EFA, The Dancers’ Resource was founded by two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth. The program addresses the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance.
In fiscal year 2012, Broadway Cares awarded $200,000 to the The Dancers' Resource, which helped give 787 dancers and choreographers access to its services and programs.
This Dancers’ Resource pulls together all the support structures already in place for dancers at The Actors Fund, with the addition of new programs, such as workshops that address the unique and critical needs of injured dancers.
Recognizing that the situations faced by injured dancers are all-encompassing in terms of both life and career, the program was started to create a support system that addresses the needs of dancers, including emotional support for dancers dealing with injuries, by providing individual and group counseling; referrals for healthcare and health insurance; information and advocacy with Workers' Compensation and Disability Insurance, and more.
“The support group for injured dancers offered by The Dancers' Resource addressed the physical pain, the financial stress and the emotional depression of not being able to do what you love. being able to get my head straight allowed everything else to fall into place, enabling me to move forward."
For more information about The Actors Fund, visit actorsfund.org.