What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Performance and Choreography

Sub-Area:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Theater Dance
  • Culturally-Specific Dance

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

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Formalized Instruction
  • Recreational Instruction

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

Area:

Administration

Sub-Area:

  • Arts Management
  • Company Management
  • Artistic Direction
  • Promotion
  • Tour Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Event Planning
  • Booking
  • Public Relations

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

Area:

Dance/Movement Therapy

Sub-Area:

  • Dance therapists work with individuals, couples, families or groups using both verbal counseling techniques and movement interventions.

Employers:

  • Schools and special education settings
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Psychiatric and medical hospitals
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Wellness centers
  • Alternative health centers
  • Private practice

Area:

Media

Sub-Area:

  • Dance Writing
  • Dance Criticism
  • Dance History

Employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Book publishers

General Information and Strategies

  • Because of keen competition in the field, dancers and choreographers often go through periods of unemployment. Develop other skills that qualify you for alternative work when between dance jobs.
  • Dance is a physically demanding profession; many dancers stop performing in their late thirties and transition to other related fields.
  • Perserverance, self-discipline, and patience are important traits to cultivate along with physical stamina and creative abilities.
  • Learn how to deal with rejection and criticism as these can be common when auditioning for jobs.
  • Join a relevant union or guild to be eligible for work assignments.
  • Some students may pursue the Master of Fine Arts in Dance to further their careers in performance or choreography. Others will earn a Master of Arts to pursue careers in dance history, dance critique, or arts management. The bachelor's degree can also serve as preparation for a variety of other graduate programs including law and business.
  • Students pursuing a degree in dance may choose to work outside the field of performing arts. Many career areas, such as sales and management, are open to people from nearly any discipline if they have developed transferable skills and sought relevant experience.
  • Some niche areas exist within the dance industry such as dance notation and reconstruction which is typically done by freelancers or dance professors.
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