Category: Outreach

Kirk Sprinkles: Full Circle

By Scott C. Pfeiffer

Kirk Sprinkles became a CTFD client and grant recipient after a successful career as a dancer on Broadway, national tours, cruise lines, regional theatre and dance companies. After owning and operating two performing arts schools in North and South Carolina, and managing a regional dinner theatre, he returned to NYC to further his career. He was asked to serve a two year term on the Program Development Committee for CTFD.Kirk_ChorusLine

In the spring of 2012 CTFD’s Executive Director, Alex Dubé was contacted by Dances Patrelle regarding an immediate interim replacement for the position of managing director.

“He was calm, intelligent, energetic, and sprang into action. Shortly after, we hired Kirk as our full-time Managing Director.” –Nancy Peters, Board of Directors President

“Kirk has brought, very much needed, new energy to the company and especially our Board of Directors. We are all thrilled with the job he is doing.” –Francis Patrelle, Artistic Director of Dances Patrelle

Kirk continues to serve as a mentor to his former students, many of which are currently working as professional dancers. In his spare time he continues to teach master classes and choreograph. He is grateful for the support and opportunities that have arisen from his CTFD affiliation. He would like to encourage all dancers, even those aspiring to dance professionally, to take advantage of CTFD’s incredible services and resources.

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Furthermore, I wish to encourage other CTFD alumni and former clients, such as myself, to give back to the organization that helped and supported us all during our transitional period. Aside from volunteering and donating to CTFD, I encourage you all to consider becoming a mentor to a current CTFD client and/or aspiring dancer! It’s about giving back and “paying it forward”. That is the true gift!

CTFD Meets SYTYCD

Friday the 13th of April, I was standing on the Performing Arts Theater stage at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.  Before me were 150 beautiful faces, all contestants for ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  These were dancers who had gotten a free ticket to Las Vegas after making the cut for the show in Dallas, Brooklyn, Salt Lake, and other cities.  It was 8:45 in the morning and the dancers were there for the next round of cuts, each hoping to make it to Los Angeles and be on National TV.

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Nigel Lythgoe received the Rolex Dance Award last October

Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer and Judge for the TV Show and the Rolex Honoree last October at the CTFD Gala at City Center, introduced myself and Paulette Fried.  Both of us are CTFD Client Services Consultants who conduct CTFD’s National Outreach Project workshops throughout the U.S.

We spoke to the contestants about CTFD’s absolutely free, strictly confidential and personalized career counseling services, Online Resources and Grant Program.  Their eyes were wide to hear there was something for them, to use even now, as they look to ‘transition’ to a higher level in their current dance careers!  Dancers cheered as we talked about CTFD’s mission to partner with them for success.  We continued with CTFD’s mission, to empower them to identify their individual paths and career possibilities and to equip them with the skills and information to excel in a variety of disciplines.  Our orientation ended with resounding applause!

Suzie Jary
Suzie Jary conducting a CTFD workshop

Afterwards, we watched some amazing dancing as the ‘cutting’ began.  As I left the theater dancers out in the lobby warming up approached me and shook my hand!  They thanked me and CTFD for being there for them.  Many had heard of us.   One male dancer from Armenia looked at me with such appreciation.  He is a ballroom dancer and was so grateful he could participate in the program, no restrictions on dance style or country of origin with CTFD!

During the rest of the ‘unlucky’ Friday the 13th, Paulette and I brought lots of fortunate news to Dance Majors at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the Nevada Ballet Theater dancers.  Sharing the CTFD philosophy of ‘It’s All Plan A,’ and ‘The Whole Artist Approach,’ the dancers felt the organization understands their passion for dance and the fragility of the body and the arts and entertainment economy.  They now know that they do not have to wait until the end of their dance career to use our services.   Dancers can contact CTFD now to find satisfying ways to create income and plan for the future while pursuing dance work.

If you are reading this, call the CTFD office nearest you, (we are in NY, LA and Chicago), make an appointment to speak to a CTFD career counselor and begin the journey of taking charge of choreographing your future!

Suzie Jary, LCSW, TEP
CTFD Client Services Consulant
National Outreach Project