Job Description

Dancers use movement in an artistic way to express emotion and tell stories. They tend to specialise in a particular type of dance such as ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and salsa. For the most part dancing is all about practicing, rehearsing, exercising and learning choreographed moves, actually performing is only a small part of a dancer?s life. Salaries vary widely depending on whether you work freelance or are employed. Hours can be unsociable often working long daytime hours.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • ability in at least one form of dance
  • to have been dancing from a very young age
  • dance school training, like a degree or diploma

You could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with dance school fees. 

You can also get performing experience by joining a local dance company.

Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) has more information on training and becoming a dancer.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into choreography or teaching.Related careers

You may be interested in:

  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • Circus performer
  • Community arts worker
  • Dance teacher

Required Skills

A high level of physical fitness and stamina, creativity and innovation, self discipline, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to master new moves to meet the demands of the performance, a determination to succeed.

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