Career Options that Involve Dance
While being a professional dancer may immediately come to mind when you're considering careers that involve dance, many dancers find that to be a difficult profession to enter due to the intense competition for available jobs. Therefore, dancers and dance enthusiasts may need to turn to another occupation to pay the bills. This article explores some alternative careers that allow dancers to still be involved with their passion while earning a paycheck.
|Job Title||Median Annual Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2016 - 2026)*|
|Fitness Instructor||$39,210 (for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors)||10% (for fitness trainers and aerobic instructors)|
|Dance Teacher||$39,710 (for teachers and instructors, all others)||10% (for teachers and instructors, all others)|
|Talent Agent||$64,940 (for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes)||5% (for agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes)|
|Dance Company Manager||$106,130 (for advertising and promotions managers)||5% (for advertising and promotions managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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Information on Careers Involving Dance
As a choreographer, you will put your dance skills and knowledge to use creating dance routines to be performed in a variety of venues. While being a choreographer to the next Beyonce may be your dream job, choreographers can also be found designing dance numbers for local theatre dance productions, dance troupes, or even college or professional dance squads, to name a few.
Choreographers work closely with the producers and directors while designing performance routines and will then work with the dancers in their daily rehearsals, teaching and training them on each number. There are no degree requirements for this job; however, being an accomplished dancer with established choreography experience, typically as an assistant choreographer, is a typical requirement.
Exercise plays an important role in a dancer's life, and parlaying that experience into a job as a fitness instructor, which has a higher than average job growth projection (10%), may be an option you want to consider. Fitness instructors are mostly employed by health clubs, recreation centers, and gyms and teach a myriad of classes including aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Most fitness instructors are responsible for designing their own workout routines, and they teach in both one-on-one and group instruction settings. Because fitness instructors need to understand exercise and nutrition, many positions require at least an associate's degree in a health-related field such as physical education or kinesiology, as well as professional certifications.
If you like working with others and have a desire to share your dancing skills, becoming a dance teacher may be just the job for you. Dance teachers can be self-employed, renting out studio space for their classes or even converting an area in their home into a dance studio, or they may be employed as a teacher by a dance studio, public or private school or even a college. While there are obviously no formal requirements if you want to run your own dance studio, to teach within more formal settings such as K-12 schools, a minimum of a teaching certificate will be required. Many teaching positions may also require a bachelor's degree or higher in teaching and dance-related fields.
Many dancers employ the services of talent agents to assist them in obtaining positions in performances. Talent agents have access to numerous casting directors and production companies from whom they receive notification of upcoming auditions. They then contact their clients and set up the audition, ensure that all information (including resumes and headshots) is received, and assist their clients with contract negotiations if they are offered the job. Talent agents receive payment for their services in the form of a commission, which is a percentage of the contract value.
Talent agents must utilize their dance knowledge in determining which clients to represent as well as understanding which clients are best suited for which auditions. Additionally, they must have excellent verbal communication and marketing skills, as they are, for all intents and purposes, 'selling' a product. There are no formal educational requirements for this position; however, many companies look for a bachelor's degree in areas such as public relations, marketing and communications.
Dance Company Manager
If you have a bachelor's degree in a business-related field such as management, business administration or marketing, and want to utilize that degree while being involved with dance, pursuing a job as a dance company manager may be the right option for you. There are numerous dance companies/troupes that travel nationally and internationally that could not be in business without their management staff. Depending upon the size of the dance company, as a manager you may be called upon to perform many functions, including public relations, finance, and fundraising. You would also need to coordinate all travel arrangements or even arrange the venues.