When DTRC Founder Joysanne Sidimus began researching her book Exchanges: Life After Dance, no structure existed in North America to deal with the near crisis issue of transition after a career in professional dance performance.  But, by 1983, two government-commissioned reports established a pressing need for Canadian transition support services that would respond to the needs of the professional dance community over time.

After nine months of joint research with the Dance In Canada Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Dance Organizations, the Dancer Transition Centre (later renamed Dancer Transition Resource Centre), was incorporated on March 20th, 1985 and opened on September 1st of that year. Joysanne Sidimus led the DTRC until her retirement in 2005, when former professional dancer and actress Amanda Hancox took the helm. 

Our unique training program has helped more than 10,000 dancers during the past 25 years, and has continued to evolve  in response to direct feedback from the dance community and with the vision to improve the overall socioeconomic status of professional dance artists.

Read the Foreward to our 25 Transitions book, written by Michael Crabb.


Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.