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Career Profile: Dancers

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for video recording.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 9,000 people employed as dancers in the United States. Entry level employees earn approximately $12 per year and senior employees earn approximately $49 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
  • Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
  • Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Prepare pointe shoes, by sewing or other means, for use in rehearsals and performance.
  • Perform in productions, singing or acting in addition to dancing, if required.
  • Teach dance students.
  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
9,000
Annual Openings:
1,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
30%
Annual Salary Range:
$12 - $49
Education Requirements:
Some high school