Dancer

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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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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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