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Dancer

A dancer uses movement, gesture and body language to portray a character, situation or abstract concept to an audience, usually to the accompaniment of music.

A dancer uses movement, gesture and body language to portray a character, situation or abstract concept to an audience, usually to the accompaniment of music.

The performing arts industry is very competitive and auditions will attract a large number of dancers.

Work activities

  • Learning and performing dance sequences and routines.
  • Taking direction from choreographers and directors.
  • Attending auditions to win roles in productions.
  • Performing various styles and forms of dance.

Work conditions

Travel: is dependent on employers and contracts.
Working hours: are long and unsociable with rehearsals during the day and evening performances.
Location: mostly larger cities with theatres and television or film studios. Opportunities overseas are available.

Entry requirements

Formal dance training and a wide variety of experience in performing is essential for professional dancers. For certain dance genres, such as ballet, intensive training must begin from a very young age. A graduate degree is not usually necessary, however relevant degree subjects such as performing arts and theatre studies could help dancers gain further experience.