The following is a list of possible careers in dance:
Teaching Careers inDance
  • Pre-school
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Adult education
  • Special education
  • Private studios
  • Recreation centers
  • Geriatric centers
  • Colleges
  • Arts programs
  • Drama departments
  • Music departments

Careers in DanceTherapy
  • Community mental health programs
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Private practice
  • Prisons and reform schools
  • Special education programs
Careers in DanceScholarships
  • Dance history
  • Aesthetics and philosophy
  • Human movement research
  • Dance anthropology
  • Movement analysis
  • Dance criticism

Careers in DancePerformance
  • Dance companies
  • Children’s theatre
  • Professional theatre
  • Film
  • Choreographer
  • Community theatre

Careers in DanceProduction
  • Lighting design
  • Costumer
  • Stage management
  • Sound production

Careers in Dance and Media
  • Dance critic or dance analyst
  • Video specialist for dance
  • Dance photographer

Careers in DanceManagement
  • Company management
  • Business administration
  • Legal counsel for the arts
  • Public service
  • Arts foundation

Careers in DanceScience
  • Fitness centers
  • Health clubs
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Wellness centers

Dance Careers

To be a performing artist is important that you haveattractive appearance, skill to interpret roles and facial expression. A careeras performers has to spend time everyday for training. Besides professionalinstruction; perseverance, talent and the right contacts can only help aperformer to become well established.

Teaching dance
A career as a dance teacher proposes a growing range ofopportunities. Depending on the job, teachers may also need to be able tochoreograph dances, know about the history of dance and aspects such as thehistory of dance, anatomy, physiology and dance notation. They can work withpeople of all ages and teach many diverse forms of dance.

The dance teachers can choose to work in:
Private dance schools
Community centers
State and independent schools

Outside the state school system, teachers could work in:

Training prospective performers
Teaching people to become specialist dance teachers
Teaching dance as a form of recreation.
Choreography (literally "dance-writing" also knownas "dance composition"). The artistic creation of innovativemovements which make up a dance or gymnastics routine with different elementsas pirouettes, jumps, etc.
The people who create choreographies are calledchoreographers. Sometimes the choreographers are dancers; however they do nothave to be a dancer to choreograph professionally.
The choreographers may also need to have a detailedknowledge of different dance techniques and a skill to communicate ideas eitherin movement and/or words.
Some vocational training and degree courses proposechoreography as component of their preparation but are also necessary todevelop your skills through experience.

Community dance

This comprises working for the community as a workshopleader or teacher. This career usually includes working in a specificgeographical area as part of regional arts and community agencies teaching,choreographing and organizing dance programmes and projects. They usually workwith a range of groups, which may include young people, people withdisabilities, the elderly as well as schools.
Community dance provides essential opportunities for peopleto express themselves artistically in kinesthetic ways, releasing theircreativity physically.

Community dance is a extensive range of activities thatbring dance artists in contact with the public: local dance classes, dance inpublic settings, dance with older people, dance and youth, dance withcaregivers and toddlers, dance artists in schools, dance in hospitals, mixedskill dance, dance artists-in-residency, master classes, open rehearsals, danceas education.

As the dance industry develops there is a need for people toorganize and manage all the activities related with dance. The Administratororganizes performance tours and outreach programs. Also, the Administrator isresponsible for the financial aspects, business and legal problems. This couldcomprise working for dance companies, in theatres, regional arts/dance groupsand the many dance organizations around the country which set up and manageseasonal festivals and community dance projects.

Dance notation
Dance notation is the method which offers choreographers anddancers with a “choreographic score” by recording movement using symbols inorder to analyze, understand dance and conserve dances for the future. Thereare two main systems of recording movement: Labanotation and Benesh Notation.

Some journalists work on a freelance basis writing fornational newspapers as a dance critic or publications. The journalism andcriticism watches the dance performances then writes analysis for a newspaperor magazine describing and\or giving an opinion about the company or individualpieces.
Many dance journalists have concluded a dance degree butmany others have a general interest in the arts, have a first degree in Englishor Humanities topics and then decide to specialize in dance.

Technical production
The technical production involves a number of jobs withinthe technical aspects of production in dance performances. Education is notessentially necessary to dance and there are a number of technical theatre andstage management lessons offered at theatre schools.

The technical production career includes:

The Production Manager
The Stage Manager
Stage Hands
The Electrician
The Carpenter
The Lighting technicians
Visual design
Designing the costumes or lighting for dance performances isan extremely specialized occupation. Most lighting designers work in theatresand in the performing arts usually before focused on dance and working for aspecific dance company or theatre. Probably costume designers also have studiedcostume design at art school before developing expertise in dance.

Dance movement therapy
Dance therapists usually work within community groups orhelp people with physical, mental health and emotional difficulties throughdance movement. Those working in Dance Therapy generally need to follow aMaster of Arts (MA) programme after having concluded a first degree.

Dance movement therapy includes:

A Dance Therapist
The Physical Therapist
The Masseuse / Masseur

There are a wide variety of jobs that are associated to dance in some way. Some dance careers are:
Public and private school instructor.
College and university educators (requires graduatedegrees).
Dance historians.
Dance critics.
Dance administrators.
Dance therapists.
Professionals in the field of somatics.
Private studio owners.
Health and fitness consultants.
Dance notators.
Movement analysts.
Dance writer.
It is also important to remember that there is a richvariety of dance styles in the professional dance world including classicalballet, contemporary dance, modern dance in musicals, African and Asian dancestyles, street dance and they all appear on television, in videos as well aslive in theatres.
Many dance specialists have a variety of dance related jobsthrough their careers or combine several at once in what is called a"portfolio" career.

Dancers are performers who amuse audiences by dancing assoloists, with a partner, or as members of a group. Dancers may perform using adiversity of styles or they may focus in one particular dance style.
Dancers communicate feeling, stories, ideas, rhythm, andsound with the movements of their bodies. Dancers work in musical shows, doingfolk, ethnic, tap, ballet, and jazz dances and other popular style of dance.Opera, musical comedy, television, commercials, movies, and music videosfrequently contain dancing as well. Many dancers sing and act, as well asdance.

The majority of dancers stop dancing by their late thirties,because of the physical demands on the body. However, some maintain in thefield as choreographers, dance teachers and coaches, or artistic directors.Others work into administrative positions, such as company managers.

Choreographers are who develop new and original dances orcreate new versions of existing dances; they make dance programs and offerssuggestions as to how the dancer should interpret and perform them. Becoming achoreographer commonly needs years of dancing experience.
Sometimes, choreographers teach performers at rehearsals toattain the desired result. They may also audition dancers for a specificproduction.

Dancers and choreographers face strong competition; only themost talented find standard work.

Dance instructor/Dance Teacher
A dance instructor may teach in their area ofspecialization; a career as a dance teacher offers a growing variety ofopportunities within private dance studios, public dance studios or they mayteach in their own dancing schools. They also need to be able to choreographdances for their students, know about the history of dance and some aspectsabout anatomy, physiology, and dance notation.

Dance therapists
A dance therapist is specially qualified to use dance aselement of a therapy program. Dance therapists work with a wide range ofpeople, including the elderly, children and adults with special requirements orparticular movement disabilities in both group and individual therapy. Theyusually work in psychiatric hospitals, day care centers, mental health centers,jails, special schools, and private practice. Some also engage in investigate.

Community Dance Worker
A community dance worker works with communities to makepossible the expression of that group's ideas in dance. Community dance workersalso are called animateurs; they usually work with a variety of groups whichmay comprise people with disabilities and of all ages. They frequently work aspart of regional arts and community agencies teaching, choreographing andmanage dance programs and projects.

Administration /Management
This could comprise working for dance companies, intheatres, regional arts/dance groups and the many dance organizations aroundthe country which set up and administer seasonal festivals and community danceprojects. Some of these arts managements will have trained dance themselves orthey may have studied in others different topics at college or university. Ifyou like to work in this sector you will need to have good computer skills, bewell organized and maybe have some understanding of financial management.

Dance Notators
Dance notation is the technique of register movement usingsymbols in order to analyse and understand dance and conserve dances for thefuture There are two major systems in general use; Benesh and Labanotation.

Some dance journalists and criticism have concluded a dancedegree but many others have a first degree in English or Humanities topics andthen decide to specialize in dance.