Grants and Awards

(Member Service)

DTRC offers a range of retraining and subsistence grants to help dancers address their present needs and pursue their future career goals.  Dancers can build transferable skills, explore second career options and undertake studies leading to parallel and second careers. 

Because each transition is an individual process, dancers are encouraged to meet with DTRC staff or representatives periodically to discuss which DTRC grants and awards best suit their needs.  Beginning the discussion early in a dance career is very beneficial. Early planning allows dancers more time and opportunity to think ahead and develop other skills, knowledge and experience. 

The following is a general guide to the grants and awards offered.  For specific details and eligibility criteria, please visit the page for each grant or award. 


Skills Grants

Skills Grants help dancers develop skills readily transferable to any profession.

Career Exploration Grants

The Career Exploration Grant helps dancers explore a second career path by taking a preliminary course or apprenticeship before committing to a retraining program. 

Retraining Grants

Retraining Grants help members pursue studies leading to parallel or second careers.
They may be used towards the costs of tuition, books, course supplies and travel (if necessitated by the course). 

Subsistence Grants

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. Two options are available, depending on whether a dancer will be retiring from performance (FTS-I Grant) or continuing to perform (FTS-II Grant) at the end of their retraining program.

Applications for Retraining and Subsistence Grants (FTS-I and FTS-II) are accepted three times per year: October 1, February 1, and June 1.  Please see Grant Application Guidelines for details.

All grants are subject to financial availability.

Discretionary Awards and Bursaries

Competitive and are awarded by the Board of Directors only when financially feasible.

Founder's Award

The Founder’s Award was established to provide a dancer with some “breathing space” -- the opportunity to step back, reflect and determine how
to fulfill their passions in their second career. 

Lynda Hamilton has generously offered the Founder’s Award recipient the use of the Valleyview Artist Retreat for one week.

Special Awards

Special Awards acknowledge academic excellence and financial need and are intended to help dancers pursue a second or subsequent year of full-time study after completing an FTS-I Grant.  

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant

IOTPD Philippe Braunschweig Grant

Due to the very nature of the profession, many dancers have international careers. Because of their scattered careers these dancers may not meet the eligibility criteria of any one country in order to receive a retraining grant through one of the established transitions centres.

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