There are relatively few sectors within the dance industry. In general, it can be divided into two main categories: professional and amateur. The professional dance industry is the traditional one in which workers are employed by dance companies to perform during a season that is typically about nine months in length. Other employees in the professional dance industry are choreographers, rehearsal or master dancers, administrators and recruiters, lighting and set designers and operators, makeup artists, and publicists. Approximately 25,800 dancers and choreographers were employed as of 2012.

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