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What You Need to Know About Dancer

Job Description & Duties Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

List of Dancer Job Duties

  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.
  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Dancer?

When polled, Dancers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

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Dancer Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 13,500 jobs for Dancer in 2016. 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. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,900 job openings in this field each year.


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 & Technology do Dancers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Dancers may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Facebook

How do I Become a Dancer?

Are there Dancers education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become a Dancer?


Who Employs Dancers?


The table below shows the approximate number of Dancers employed by various industries.



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

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