Dance Careers

Dakota Evans

Dance Therapist

What is a Dance Therapist?

Dance Therapist: the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional or motor functions of the body


Movement is the way that Dance Therapists use for observation, assessment, research and therapeutic intervention. They focus on helping their clients improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills/relationships, expand movement vocabulary and gain insight into patterns of behavior. They help develop treatment plans/goals, document their goal and work with professionals.

What Qualities Are Required?

The qualities that are expected of a Dance Therapist are:


  • Empathetic
  • Be Reflective
  • Great Communication Skills
  • Courage
  • Flexibility
  • Kindness

Salary and Education

Dance Therapists is a small but growing field. Estimated employment will grow faster than average jobs by 15% from 2008 to 2018. They typically require a Master's Degree and have to complete two years of graduate school including the study of dance.


Salary; 40k to 80k
Dance Therapy - Carry Each Other

Dance Choreographer

What is a Dance Choreographer?

Dance Choreographer: a person who creates dance compositions and plans and arranges dancer movements/patterns for dance



  • Create dances or interpretations of existing dances
  • Choose the music that will be used for a dance routine
  • Audition dancers for a role in a show or within a dance company
  • Assist with costume design, lighting and other aspects of the show
  • Teach complex dance routines

What Qualities are Required?

The qualities that are required of a choreographer is:


  • Athletic
  • Creative
  • Leadership Skills
  • Physical Stamina
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic

Salary and Education

Median hourly wage for choreographers in 2012 was $18.33. Employment rate is expected to grow 24% from 2012 to 2022. Choreographers typically do not require a college degree but they can obtain bachelor's or Master's degree in dance to learn more about dance styles, dance theory and dance composition.


Salary: $44, 130

2 year old, Zaya's choreography to Chandelier by Sia!

Professional Dancer

What is a Professional Dancer and What do They Do?

Professional Dancer: a person who spends years expressing and perfecting their dance skills to achieve the goal of becoming a professional


  • Audition for a part in a show or for a job within a dance company
  • Learn complex dance movements that entertain an audience
  • Study new types of dance
  • Work closely with instructors and other dancers to modify dances
  • Rehearse several hours every day for preparation
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Types of Dances

  • Ballet
  • Tango
  • Modern and Contemporary
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Ballroom
  • Flamenco
  • Hip-hop

What Qualities are Required?

The qualities required to become a Professional Dancer are:

  • Passionate
  • Confident
  • Meticulous
  • Dedicated
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Fearless
  • Independent
  • Flexible

Salary and Education

Professional dancers usually begin training when they are young such as Ballet dancers. They usually begin training between the age of 5 to 8 and begin their professional career around 18. Modern dancers begin formally taining in high school.


The median hourly wage for a dancer is $14.16 in 2012. Employment for dancers is expected to grow by 6% from 2012 to 1012.

Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle