Posted on: 2016/12/01
Photo: IOTPD President Paul Bonkhorst by Sarah Guillermin
On November 13th and 14th, DTRC welcomed members of the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) for the foundation’s Annual Meeting. Voting members of the IOTPD, as well as observers from countries with newly formed transition programs, met at DTRC’s National Office in Toronto – a very long trip for members coming from as far afield as Europe and South Korea.
Every year the IOTPD Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for representatives from transition organizations around the world to share learning, discuss challenges and examine trends on the topic of career transition for professional dancers.
Under the leadership of IOTPD President Paul Bronkhorst, delegates shared updates from their respective transition organizations, and collectively planned the IOTPD’s actions in coming years, all with an aim to increase visibility of transition as a uniquely challenging period in dancers’ careers, and to advocate for the creation of transition programs and resources in countries where none exist.
Amanda Hancox, DTRC’s Executive Director, acknowledges:
It was an honour for the DTRC to host this important international meeting in Canada. As the importance of addressing the issue of dancer transition continues to gain significance around the world, it has been rewarding to watch the IOTPD grow. The presence and contribution of delegates from 10 countries to the IOTPD meetings and the preceding LEAP conference provided a vibrant international perspective.
In 2017, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre will be joining its transition colleagues in Berlin for the next IOTPD Annual Meeting.
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