Dancers Performing Ballet

Dancers perform dances alone or with others. Through dancing, they attempt to tell a story, interpret an idea, or simply express rhythm and sound by supplying preconceived physical movements to music. There are approximately 11,240 professional dancers working in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Acrobatic Dancers, Ballet Dancers, Ballroom Dancers, Dance Directors, Interpretive Dancers, Tap Dancers
Duties Artistic expression through dance and music; maintaining interpersonal relationships and dancing as a team; repeating and executing repetitive motions with precision
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Mostly in cities where there are dance companies, theaters, dance and fine art schools.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Training from childhood and practice with a variety of dance types and routines; performances in dance recitals and shows
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Athletic
  • Creative
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer
  • Teacher
  • Dance Captain/Ballet Master or Mistress
  • Dancer