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What Do Dancer Do?

Example of Dancer Job Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

List of Dancer Job Duties

  • Perform in productions, singing or acting in addition to dancing, if required.
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
  • Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.

Skills Needed to be a Dancer

These are the skills Dancers say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • Latin Dancer
  • Tap Dancer
  • Dancer
  • Entertainment Dancer
  • Precision Dancer

Job Opportunities for Dancers

There were about 13,500 jobs for Dancer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.4% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Dancer by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,900 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Dancer are Colorado, Utah, and South Carolina. Watch out if you plan on working in Idaho, Nebraska, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What Tools do Dancers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Dancers:

  • Web browser software
  • Facebook

How do I Become a Dancer?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Dancer?


How Long Does it Take to Become a Dancer?


Where do Dancers Work?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



Image Credit: Jazzart Dance Theatre via Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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