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About Us

About Second Act

Second Act was founded in 2021 by a team of former dancers looking to create a peer network for professional and personal coaching. Our primary objective is to connect current and former dancers to foster impactful conversations on how to transition from a dance career, apply to college, or discover and thrive in new professional avenues.

 We launched our core mentorship program in January 2022, and have since recruited 70+ volunteer mentors representing diverse dance backgrounds and a range of industry focuses. Our program is free of charge, and highly tailored to the individual needs of our participants.

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Our Mission

Second Act is a community enabling dancers of all backgrounds to explore and succeed in secondary careers by leveraging their unique strengths and perspective.

Our Team

The Second Act Team is made up of a group of former pre-professional and professional dancers, now well-established in subsequent careers. We are brought together by a shared purpose to give back to the dance community by creating a platform to advise dancers based on actionable, real-world experience.

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Roland Spier

Co-Founder, Director of Program

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Erika Pugh

Director of Community

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Misako Benso

Strategy & Operations

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Garen Scribner

Board Member

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Carolyn Bakich

Executive Director

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Angie Sheehan

Director of Strategy & Operations

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Veronica Greydak

Mentorship Program Coordinator

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Leah Hirsch

Board Member

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Emma Vincent

Director of Communications

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Sabrina Karlin

Director of Events

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Keith Roberts

Board Member

Our Partners

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