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Employment of dancers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For performers, there are limited opportunities since there are more trained dancers than job openings. Cable television has provided additional positions, but the number of stage and screen productions is declining. The best opportunities may exist in regional ballet companies, opera companies, and dance groups affiliated with colleges and universities. The turnover rate in dancing is rather high so there are always openings for the newcomer. Although generalization is difficult, the average chorus dancer can expect a career of five to 10 years at best. Most ballet dancers stop dancing for an audience before they are 40 years of age.

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