WHAT IS THIS JOB LIKE? Back to Top
Dancers express ideas, stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies. Some dance in ballet; others perform modern dance. Dancers work in musical shows, in folk, ethnic, tap, and jazz dances. Opera, musical comedy, television, movies, music videos, and commercials often include dancing as well. Many dancers sing and act, as well as dance. Dancers often work as a group, but a few stars dance solo. Many dancers also teach or choreograph dances.
Choreographers create new dances. They may also add changes to older dances. Some teach dancers to get the results they want. They may also audition dancers for a particular production.
Dancing is hard work. Rehearsals can be long and usually take place daily, even on weekends and holidays. Weekend travel is common when a show is on the road. Dancers must also work late hours and practice during the day.
Because dancing is hard work, most dancers stop working by their late thirties. Sometimes they become dance teachers and coaches.