What can I do with this degree?
DANCE

AREAS
PERFORMANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY

EMPLOYERS
Performing arts companies:
Dance
Theatre
Opera
Touring
Broadway
Off Broadway
Television and motion picture industries and studios:
Television shows
Commercials
Movies
Music videos
Amusement and recreation venues:
Theme parks
Cruise ships
Resorts
Casinos
Restaurants
Sporting events
Self-employed/freelance work

STRATEGIES
Begin formal training in classical dance and later move towards a particular style.
Join campus and community organizations dedicated to dance.
Prepare for professional auditions by participating in dance competitions and enrolling in summer training programs and workshops.
Rehearse on a regular basis to stay in top form.
Maintain good health and physical stamina.
Obtain formal training in vocal performance and drama.
Develop a broad understanding of music, literature, history, and other arts to help interpret ideas and feelings in dance.
Although completing a college degree is not essential for a career as a professional dancer, it is necessary for many other dance related occupations.
Opportunities are limited for full time work. Many dancers hold other jobs.
Understand that dancers may work long and late hours since many rehearsals and productions are in the evenings.
Prepare to relocate to areas with higher concentrations of art and dance related employers such as New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
For choreography positions, consider the following:
Seek formal training and experience in dancing first.
Serve as choreographer for local dance schools and camps and for student performances on campus.
Accumulate years of dance experience to build a professional reputation.
Develop expertise in music, costuming, and staging.

AREAS
EDUCATION

EMPLOYERS
K-12 schools, public and private
Colleges and universities
Private dance studios and schools
Conservatories
Performing arts camps
Community agencies
Adult education and continuing education programs
Physical fitness centers

STRATEGIES
Acquire a teaching certificate for public school teaching. Learn about requirements by state.
Earn a graduate degree to teach in higher education and many conservatories. Specialize in an area such as ballet, modern, jazz, etc.
Develop strong communication skills and teaching ability through coursework and campus activities.
Gain experience working with children through volunteer or part-time work.
Become proficient in many styles and forms of dance.

AREAS
ADMINISTRATION

EMPLOYERS

Cultural organizations and arts councils
Theaters and arts venues
Dance companies
Dance studios and academies
Musical theater production companies
Dance festivals
National Endowment for the Arts

STRATEGIES
Pursue education in arts management, business, or non-profit management.
Join organizations that plan and host campus cultural attractions and entertainment events.
Develop administrative, leadership, and organizational skills.
Participate in internships and/or volunteer activities to gain related experience.
Learn how to write grants and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

AREAS
DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY