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Dance Major

Dance is a major that typically falls into the Visual & Performing Arts category.

There are 65 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in dance, 268 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 53 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 5 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Dance Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 2,600 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 89% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of dance majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 3.9%
  • Black or African American: 11.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 12.5%
  • White: 62.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.3%
  • Other Races: 7.8%
Dance Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in dance. About 2.3% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending dance majors to the U.S. are Canada, China and South Korea.

What Will You Learn as a Dance Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to dance to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dance Majors

Dance majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Dance Majors

Skills for Dance Majors

Dance majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Dance Majors

Abilities for Dance Majors

As a dance major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for dance Majors

What Can You Do With a Dance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dance:

Careers Related to Dance
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Art, Drama, and Music Professors









Dance Major Salary

Average salaries range from $54,000 to $83,000 for careers related to dance. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Dance Major  ( 54000 to 83000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Dance Major Jobs

Some careers associated with dance may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to dance have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Dance
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Dance Programs

There are 268 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in dance, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Dance Major Worth It?

The median salary for a dance grad is $54,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 38% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $293,200 after 20 years!

dance salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
Image Credit: Jazzart Dance Theatre via License

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