For many people dance is simply as theatrical performance in ballet, contemporary dance or musical-theatre; but dance is wider and there are other career routes which need a passion and considerate of dance in its many forms, equal dedication, hard work and perseverance.
The following is a list of possible careers in dance:
To be a performing artist is important that you have attractive appearance, skill to interpret roles and facial expression. A career as performers has to spend time everyday for training. Besides professional instruction; perseverance, talent and the right contacts can only help a performer to become well established.
A career as a dance teacher proposes a growing range of opportunities. Depending on the job, teachers may also need to be able to choreograph dances, know about the history of dance and aspects such as the history of dance, anatomy, physiology and dance notation. They can work with people of all ages and teach many diverse forms of dance.
The dance teachers can choose to work in:
- Private dance schools
- Community centres
- State and independent schools
Outside the state school system, teachers could work in:
- Training prospective performers
- Teaching people to become specialist dance teachers
- Teaching dance as a form of recreation.
Choreography (literally "dance-writing" also known as "dance composition"). The artistic creation of innovative movements which make up a dance or gymnastics routine with different elements as pirouettes, jumps, etc.
The people who create choreographies are called choreographers. Sometimes the choreographers are dancers; however they do not have to be a dancer to choreograph professionally.
The choreographers may also need to have a detailed knowledge of different dance techniques and a skill to communicate ideas either in movement and/or words.
Some vocational training and degree courses propose choreography as component of their preparation but are also necessary to develop your skills through experience.
This comprises working for the community as a workshop leader or teacher. This career usually includes working in a specific geographical area as part of regional arts and community agencies teaching, choreographing and organizing dance programmes and projects. They usually work with a range of groups which may include young people, people with disabilities, the elderly as well as schools.
Community dance provides essential opportunities for people to express themselves artistically in kinesthetic ways, releasing their creativity physically.
Community dance is a extensive range of activities that bring dance artists in contact with the public: local dance classes, dance in public settings, dance with older people, dance and youth, dance with caregivers and toddlers, dance artists in schools, dance in hospitals, mixed skill dance, dance artists-in-residency, master classes, open rehearsals, dance as education.
As the dance industry develops there is a need for people to organize and manage all the activities related with dance. The Administrator organizes performance tours and outreach programs. Also, the Administrator is responsible for the financial aspects, business and legal problems. This could comprise working for dance companies, in theatres, regional arts/dance groups and the many dance organizations around the country which set up and manage seasonal festivals and community dance projects.
Dance notation is the method which offers choreographers and dancers with a "choreographic score" by recording movement using symbols in order to analyze, understand dance and conserve dances for the future. There are two main systems of recording movement: Labanotation and Benesh Notation.
Some journalists work on a freelance basis writing for national newspapers as a dance critic or publications. The journalism and criticism watches the dance performances then writes analysis for a newspaper or magazine describing and\or giving an opinion about the company or individual pieces.
Many dance journalists have concluded a dance degree but many others have a general interest in the arts, have a first degree in English or Humanities topics and then decide to specialize in dance.
The technical production involves a number of jobs within the technical aspects of production in dance performances. Education is not essentially necessary to dance and there are a number of technical theatre and stage management lessons offered at theatre schools.
The technical production career includes:
- The Production Manager
- The Stage Manager
- Stage Hands
- The Electrician
- The Carpenter
- The Lighting technicians
Designing the costumes or lighting for dance performances is an extremely specialized occupation. Most lighting designers work in theatres and in the performing arts usually before focused on dance and working for a specific dance company or theatre. Probably costume designers also have studied costume design at art school before developing expertise in dance.
Dance movement therapy
Dance therapists usually work within community groups or help people with physical, mental health and emotional difficulties through dance movement. Those working in Dance Therapy generally need to follow a Master of Arts (MA) programme after having concluded a first degree.
Dance movement therapy includes:
- A Dance Therapist
- The Physical Therapist
- The Masseuse / Masseur