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All About Dancers

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

List of Dancer Job Duties

  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Teach dance students.

Skills Needed to be 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.

Types of Dancer

  • Ballet Soloist
  • Ballet Company Artistic Director
  • Company Dancer
  • Discotheque Dancer
  • Ballet Dancer

Job Demand for Dancers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 13,500 jobs in the United States for Dancer. 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.

Tools & Technologies Used by Dancers

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

  • Web browser software
  • Facebook

How to Become a Dancer

Education needed to be a Dancer:


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Where do Dancers Work?


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

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