Dancers

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

Education: Less than high school diploma (47%); High school diploma or equivalent (35%); Bachelor's degree (14%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Dancer; Ballet Dancer; Soloist Dancer; Company Dancer; Ballerina; Ballet Company Member; Ballet Soloist; Performing Artist; Belly Dancer; Dance Artist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dancers.

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  • Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
  • Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
  • Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Teach dance students.
  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dancers.

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dancers.

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