Professional Dancing

By: Jessica

Duties of Job

When you are a professional dancer, your job is to dance for very special occasions. Sometimes your job is to make up the moves for the dance, then do the dance.

Time

The hours you spend dancing are different for different people. The average hours you spend are around 25 a week. The full time would be 40 hours. So, you can see that being a professional dancer can take quite a bit of your time.

Career Field

A professional dancer is art that you either make or do. If you like making things up, maybe you would like this job.

Skills Needed

Some skills that you need or that would be helpful are, flexibility, strength, confidence, and more! Confidence will help because it gives you the power to make and dance better things. Flexibility is probably the most important one. This helps with lots of dance moves. Strength is for some of the very had routines. You have to also be strong so you don't get hurt.

Why I'm Good for the Job

I am good for the job because I have a lot of those skills that are needed or that help. I am also good at it because dancing is my favorite thing to do. Dancing fits perfect with me in a lot of different ways.

Schooling

The schooling you need for this job is a lot. You need to have your bachelor degree. That means four years in college for this job.

Negatives

I think that 25 hours a week will be a lot. If the full time is 40 then 25 hours is more than half of FULL TIME. I don't want to get injured in dance either because that would be really sad. I also think that dancing will get really hard and my schedule will start to get busy. Other than those I am excited to start my professional dancing career!
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Facts

  • Professional dance is today regarded as one of the most demanding physical abilities and sports. According to studies, 80% of all professional dances have at least one major injury during their career and staggering 93% of all dance teachers were forced into that position after career ending injury.
  • High amount of injuries in professional dancing is induced by high levels of fatigue, little time for rest, inadequate healing techniques and high stress levels. All those factors can produce burn out periods when dancers have decreased strength, coordination, cognitive and immune functions.
  • Waltz, one of the most popular dances today came into popularity in mid-19th century by the efforts of the famous composer Johann Strauss, but its origins can be traced even to the distant 16th century.