Picture yourself in the spotlight on stage. Does the thought of regularly performing and expressing yourself through dance excite you?
Your passion for dance could become a career! So what does it take?
Experience Is Necessary
It takes more than just a love of dancing! In order to turn this into your career, you need extensive training and experience.
Professional dancers typically have:
Been training since they were young
Experience in dance academies or conservatories
A degree from a University - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Art (BA)
A Day In The Life...
Dancers can have irregular schedules and need to be flexible. Routines can change frequently. Your schedule might look something like this:
Stretching and conditioning
Rehearsals for upcoming performances (6-8 hours or longer)
Performances or events
Stretching and injury prevention (icing, foam rolling, massages)
Where Can You Find Work As A Dancer?
To find work as a dancer, you'll need to decide your path. Are you hoping to dance on Broadway, in a company, or as a freelancer?
To Land a Job...
You may need to relocate. Dancers can find the most opportunities in large cities such as Los Angeles or New York City.
You'll need to seek out auditions. Working with an agent can help.
Check out regional theatre, concert dance, or local studios for posted castings.
A professional dancer should...
Will Being A Dancer Pay The Bills?
The average salary in the USA is about $47,600/yr or $23/hr
The average salary in Canada is about $56,500/yr or $27/hr
Dancers may need a second job for a more stable income depending on the nature of their work
Cost of living is higher in big cities
Is This Career For You?
This could be the right fit if...
You have a passion for storytelling and expressing yourself through movement
You're committed to consistently refining and strengthening your technique
You're ready to self-promote in order to land your dream job
This might not be the best fit if...
You aren't willing to work long hours or sacrifice your evenings and weekends
You do not have enough dance experience to feel comfortable auditioning for roles
You're looking for a full-time, consistent day-to-day job
If becoming a professional dancer is meant for you: