Category: Communicty

Ricardo Garcia: The Newest Addition to our Chicago Office

Ricardo Garcia, Administrator at the CTFD Chicago Office
Ricardo Garcia, Administrator at the CTFD Chicago Office

Career Transition For Dancers is proud to introduce our newest addition to the administrative staff, Ricardo J. Garcia. Ricardo will join us as the Administrator of the Chicago office.  He began his dance training at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where he earned a BA in Dance. Upon graduating, he joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of founder Jeraldine Blunden and subsequently Kevin Ward. Currently, Ricardo holds a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College and is on the faculty of The Chicago High School for the Arts.

Ricardo has worked with such acclaimed choreographers as Bill T. Jones, Doug Verone, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown and Dwight Rhoden, among others.  He has also performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Rhythm in Shoes, Walt Disney World and most recently with Luna Negra Dance Theater. He has taught classes throughout the US and Russia and has choreographed for Luna Negra Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, South Dayton Dance Theater, Stivers School for the Arts and Piel Morena Contemporary Dance.  Ricardo was the recipient of the Josie Award for Outstanding Male Dancer of the Year in 2002.

Ricardo with his five-year-old son Julian.
Ricardo with his five-year-old son Julian.

“To this position I bring over fifteen years of experience in the field of dance, acute knowledge of the nonprofit sector and a true passion for Dance.  I became a dancer-client of Career Transition For Dancers in 2010 and I feel that my appointment to this position serves as a testimony that the mission of the organization really works.  It is my honor to join the Chicago team and I look forward to expanding our reach to the Midwest and beyond.”

Ricardo will work collaboratively with our Career Counselor Maryellen Langhout to heighten the awareness of Career Transition For Dancers’ programs and services available to professional dancers, apprentices, students and pre-professionals in the greater Chicago area and throughout the mid-West, including Puerto Rico. Together, Maryellen and Ricardo will increase CTFD’s outreach through initiatives such as Career Conversations, a series of seminars dealing with the ‘hot topics’ of transition led by a panel of professionals within the Chicago dance community.

We are thrilled that Ricardo is joining the CTFD family!

A Love Letter

It has been a little over a year since I joined Career Transition For Dancers.  Before coming on board, I had not heard of the company but I was one of those free-spirited, bouncing, gypsy freelance dancers; moving from gig to gig.  That experience taught me about the power of partnerships and friends.  It was my friends and partners that kept me employed and I, them.

In the role of Director of Development, I have brought a bit of those lessons with me.  Of course, friends of Career Transition For Dancers are the ones that ensure we reach the people who need us most and that we continue to provide the services needed by the dance community.  Yet it is also our friends that push the boundaries of dance, provide inspiration to our community, keep dancers employed as long as possible and provide services we could not; resulting in this diverse, robust, beautiful community.  One of these partner-friends is Complexions Contemporary BalletWinter Heat Latin Dance Party

Every year this company teams up with us to produce an event called Winter Heat.  Our joint staff members give extra hours to build an infrastructure to house their dancers, our joint guests and patrons and a 21-piece big band.  The night is magical like an eve under the maypole and this year it will take place on March 5, 2012 at the Edison Ballroom.

We have so many wonderful friends, from our Board of Directors, our union friends at SAG, AFTRA, AGMA and AGVA to service providers like The Actors’ Fund to dancer-clients and volunteers like Warren Adams at Home4Dance and new donor, Laurie Diamond.  We could not provide dancers with innovative education, employment, career development and advancement resources and opportunities before, during and after their performance lives, without end, without you!  Therefore please accept this as our love letter to you, our friends.

AJhai Nicole Adams,
Director of Development & Communications

For Winter Heat Tickets: please contact Development Associate, Rina Desai at 212 764 0172