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IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant 2017 Awarded to Dancer Marissa Parzei

2017 / 10 / 10

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant 2017 Awarded to Dancer Marissa Parzei

The International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) is pleased to announce the 2017 Philippe Braunschweig Grant recipient.

This grant, given to honour Philippe Braunschweig, the Founding President of the IOTPD, is meant for professional dancers who have had an international career and who don't qualify for transition support from any one of the countries where they have danced.The annual € 3,000 competitive grant is given to a dancer at, or near, the end of their performance career to help defray the costs associated with retraining for a second profession.

This year’s recipient, Marissa Parzei, has been working as a professional ballet dancer for the last twelve years. Starting her career at the National Ballet of Canada, she is currently with the Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon with experiences in Germany, Belgium, and Sweden. She believes the skills that she has developed as a dancer can be implemented in the field of business management. She will use the grant to develop these skills by taking a degree course in Business Management at The Open University during the last years of her career. After retirement she hopes to start a new career that can help lead artists to succeed in their own careers.

Karen Kain, the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, describes Marissa as a dancer who is “extremely quick to learn and diligent in her work ethic, always able to step into another role when needed.” M. Assis Carreiro, former artistic director of Royal Ballet Flanders, says that she is “determined, only satisfied with achieving her full potential and a mind that is keen to learn.”

About the International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers

The IOTPD was formed in 1993 with a mission to alleviate the challenges that professional dancers face worldwide when transitioning to a post-dance career. It strives to raise awareness of dancer transition and develop viable methods of meeting the needs of dancers across the globe. The IOTPD acts as an international umbrella organization coordinating with existing dancer transition centers worldwide to support research and advocacy initiatives, with the goal that every professional dancer will be equipped to make successful transitions.  

PhB Grant applications can be made through the website of the IOTPD: www.iotpd.org                        

The annual application deadline for the IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant is April 30. Further details and the grant application are available through the IOTPD website. 


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