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Dance Careers

Career Opportunities in Dance

There are many career avenues a graduating dancer can pursue. It is important to understand that while some careers only require an undergraduate degree at the entry level, most will demand appropriate postgraduate degrees, certifications, specific skills and/or experience. Students with specific career goals should meet with an adviser for detailed information about requirements unique to their chosen fields.

Dancers can teach the technique and artistry of dance to students in public/private schools from pre-school through 12th grade. As an Artist-in-Education, they can provide kinesthetic movement experiences in all academic areas for all grade levels. They can instruct students with special needs. They can have knowledge on how to teach in and/or manage a dance studio. They can participate in providing dance instruction for adult dance programs, including programs for senior citizens. They can have experience producing dance concerts. Choreography is another aspect of their knowledge. This will enable them to create work for theatrical productions. The following is a list of employment possibilities.

Education-Teaching

Elementary/secondary schools
Colleges/universities
Dance Studios
International teaching/coaching
Department of Defense schools/bases
Corporations
Arts-in-Education programs (movement/dance specialist)

Performance

Dance Company member
Community Theater
Guest performer

Choreography

Elementary/secondary schools
Colleges/universities
Dance Studios
Arts-in-Education programs (movement/dance specialist)
Dance Companies
Theater Companies

Health and Wellness

Fitness clubs (Aerobic and Fitness instructors, personal trainers)
Youth Organizations (YMCA/YWCA, Girls/boys Clubs, etc.)
Dance Studios
Movement Therapy

Dance Administration

Administrator within a Dance Company
Administrator of a Dance Studio
Administrator of Dance Camps

Dance Information

Media Dance reviewer
Dance reporter

Dance Promoter

Fundraiser
Grant Writer
Special events planner
Dance Performance Presenter/sponsor