Ballet dancers can now start preparing for a second life beyond the stage.

A first-in-the-nation initiative between Northeastern and the Boston Ballet has established a comprehensive educational program to help professional ballet dancers earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and prepare them for careers after dancing. The innovative partnership also allows dancers to take advantage of experiential learning programs, including Northeastern’s renowned co-op program.

The Northeastern University-Boston Ballet Education Program is backed by a gift from two Boston Ballet board members: chairman Jack R. Meyer and Henri Termeer. Meyer is the CEO of Convexity Capital Management. Termeer is the former CEO and chairman of Genzyme Corp. and a pioneer in developing and delivering treatments for rare genetic diseases.
“This partnership is exemplary of academia and the arts advancing the future of talent.”—President Joseph E. Aoun

Dancers in the program will earn degrees through the College of Professional Studies in disciplines of their choosing. A scholarship fund will cover 80 percent of the tuition and costs for each of 16 company dancers starting this month. Dancers will be able to complete their undergraduate degrees in roughly six years.

“Jack, Henri, and our institutions share a dedication to excellence, culture, education, and the growth of the human spirit,” says Northeastern’s president Joseph E. Aoun.

The program also capitalizes on Northeastern’s leadership in developing hybrid, flexible degree programs designed to meet the individual needs and interests of talented professionals. Company dancers will take courses on campus, at the Boston Ballet, and online. They will also receive a range of experiential-learning opportunities—including co-op and internships—that align with their career goals.

Since its founding in 1963, Boston Ballet has evolved into one of the leading ballet companies. Northeastern’s com-mitment to global education, research, and real-world experiences also dovetails with the mission of the internationally acclaimed Boston Ballet, whose first-class dancers hail from around the world.