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Dance related occupations

Dance related occupations

There are a wide variety of jobs that are associated to dance in some way. Some dance careers are:
  • Public and private school instructor.
  • College and university educators (requires graduate degrees).
  • Performers.
  • Dancer.
  • Choreographers.
  • Dance historians.
  • Dance critics.
  • Dance administrators.
  • Dance therapists.
  • Professionals in the field of somatics.
  • Private studio owners.
  • Health and fitness consultants.
  • Researchers.
  • Dance notators.
  • Movement analysts.
  • Dance writer.
It is also important to remember that there is a rich variety of dance styles in the professional dance world including classical ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance in musicals, African and Asian dance styles, street dance and they all appear on television, in videos as well as live in theatres.
Many dance specialists have a variety of dance related jobs through their careers or combine several at once in what is called a portfolio career or resume. Writing your first resume can be a daunting task, especially in a professional resume case.


Dancers are performers who amuse audiences by dancing as soloists, with a partner, or as members of a group. Dancers may perform using a diversity of styles or they may focus in one particular dance style.
Dancers communicate feeling, stories, ideas, rhythm, and sound with the movements of their bodies. Dancers work in musical shows, doing folk, ethnic, tap, ballet, and jazz dances and other popular style of dance. Opera, musical comedy, television, commercials, movies, and music videos frequently contain dancing as well. Many dancers sing and act, as well as dance.

The majority of dancers stop dancing by their late thirties, because of the physical demands on the body. However, some maintain in the field as choreographers, dance teachers and coaches, or artistic directors. Others work into administrative positions, such as company managers.


Choreographers are who develop new and original dances or create new versions of existing dances; they make dance programs and offers suggestions as to how the dancer should interpret and perform them. Becoming a choreographer commonly needs years of dancing experience.
Sometimes, choreographers teach performers at rehearsals to attain the desired result. They may also audition dancers for a specific production.
Dancers and choreographers face strong competition; only the most talented find standard work.

Dance instructor/Dance Teacher

A dance instructor may teach in their area of specialization; a career as a dance teacher offers a growing variety of opportunities within private dance studios, public dance studios or they may teach in their own dancing schools. They also need to be able to choreograph dances for their students and know about the history of dance and some aspects about anatomy, physiology and dance notation.

Dance therapists

A dance therapist is specially qualified to use dance as element of a therapy program. Dance therapists work with a wide range of people, including the elderly, children and adults with special requirements or particular movement disabilities in both group and individual therapy. They usually work in psychiatric hospitals, day care centers, mental health centers, jails, special schools, and private practice. Some also engage in investigate.

Community Dance Worker

A community dance worker works with communities to make possible the expression of that group's ideas in dance. Community dance workers also are called animateurs; they usually work with a variety of groups which may comprise people with disabilities and of all ages. They frequently work as part of regional arts and community agencies teaching, choreographing and manage dance programmes and projects.

Administration /Management

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 administer seasonal festivals and community dance projects. Some of these arts managements will have trained dance themselves or they may have studied in others different topics at college or university. If you like to work in this sector you will need to have good computer skills, be well organized and maybe have some understanding of financial management.

Dance Notators

Dance notation is the technique of register movement using symbols in order to analyse and understand dance and conserve dances for the future There are two major systems in general use; Benesh and Labanotation.


Some dance journalists and criticism have concluded a dance degree but many others have a first degree in English or Humanities topics and then decide to specialize in dance.