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.


Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Acrobatic Dancers, Ballet Dancers, Ballroom Dancers, Dance Directors, Interpretive Dancers, Tap Dancers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Mostly in cities where there are dance companies, theaters, dance and fine art schools.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Experience includes dance training that usually begins during childhood, study of different types of dance, practice with a variety of dance routines, and performances on stage in dance recitals and shows.
Skills
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Athletic
  • Creative
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer
  • Teacher
  • Dance Captain/Ballet Master or Mistress
  • Dancer

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