Dance careers

Brittany Talbert

Dance teacher

  • What does the job consist of?
Dance teacher's work with people of all ages. They lead dance classes that are designed to teach dancing techniques and different styles of dance.


  • Formal training & education required:
starting out dancing at an early age/ taking dance classes, studying drama, literature.
  1. bachelors degree
  2. education, dance education, fine arts degrees.

  • Job Market:
estimated job growth of 14% between 2012-2022.


  • Average Salary: $35,500

  • Needed Characteristics:
  1. has been there & keeps going
  2. loves & honors what they do
  3. encourages & inspires others
  4. respects you enough to expect of you

  • Qualities: patience, reputation, leadership skills, commitment.
  • Skills: good communication & people skills, good ability in dance & music, business skills, & patience.

Choreographer: Matt Steffanina

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Choreographer

  • What does the job consist of?
creates dance routines & expresses personality through the dance.


  • Formal training & education required:
significant amount of dance experience, studying different forms of dance.
  1. optional Bachelors degree
  2. high school diploma
  3. performing arts/dance degree.

  • Job Market:
employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average or all occupations during 2006-16 decade.


  • Average Salary: varies between $35,884-44,250 depending on where you work & what exactly you do.

  • Needed Characteristics:
  1. inspires others
  2. flexibility
  3. people & communication skills

  • Qualities: leadership skills, a great thinker, creative & an artist.
  • Skills: great dance technique, creativity, discipline.

Professional Dancer

  • What does the job consist of?
using movement to interpret music, tell stories, & express emotion.


  • Formal training & education required:
commit to years of learning, take ongoing classes to improve your technique & skill.
  1. consider undergraduate degree
  2. bachelors/masters degree is optional
  3. high school diploma
  4. dance degree fields- dance, dance science, contemporary dance performance


  • Job Market
employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations during 2006-16 decade.


  • Average Salary: $30,395

  • Needed Characteristics:
  1. Physical strength
  2. teamwork
  3. persistence
  4. creativity

  • Qualities: flexibility, physical stamina, perseverance.
  • Skills: ability, talent, determination, good sense of rhythm & timing.

Professional dancers: Derek Hough & Julianne Hough

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