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Most ballet dancers begin their professional careers in their late teens, when other young people are beginning college or career training. Working as a dancer requires a full time commitment, with little opportunity for continuing education. By age 30, the typical ballet dancer is already approaching retirement. When most people are well established in a career, the dancer faces embarking on a whole new career path. This may be a difficult task, particularly when the transition comes unexpectedly, as when a serious injury suddenly ends a career. The Dancers’ Trust Fund, a 501c3 organization, was founded by the dancers and friends of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to assist their fellow dancers with this sometimes difficult transition. Since its inception in 1993, the Trust has given more than $96,000 in tuition assistance, helping many dancers to complete their educations and become established in successful new careers.

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