Some performers seek different career path after last dance

Change might be inevitable. Sometimes, it's even predictable, but managing the transition and adjusting to it emotionally can be challenging.\n\nDancers retire anywhere from age 20 to 45, says Terrence S. Orr, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's artistic director.\n\n"You go into this profession understanding you're going to be looking at a second or third career. You actually train to be a dancer for a longer period than for becoming a doctor or lawyer, and you're going into an occupation for a shorter period of time."\n\nThe exhilaration of dance is difficult to forsake. Many former dancers stay in the field as choreographers, ballet masters or artistic directors of established companies. Some even form dance ensembles.\n\n