Dancers and Choreographers

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. Choreographers create or develop dance patterns and teach them to performers. Professional dancers and choreographers often have periods of unemployment in the field as they move from project to project. There are approximately 32,000 professional dancers and choreographers 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; for choreographers, designing dance routines, selecting appropriate music and sound effects, directing rehearsals
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
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
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
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

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