So, you’ve decided that you want a career in dance. Be under no illusions that you have selected one of the toughest career paths possible – but also one of the most rewarding and vibrant.
There are many ways in which you can work in the dance sector and the links below aim to help you understand some of them. Click the buttons to explore the profiles attached. Interested in roles across the creative sector? Visit DiscoverCreative.Careers to browse job profiles, opportunities and events relevant to you!
Participatory Dance Artist
Someone who facilitates dance opportunities in one or more community contexts, such as youth groups, nurseries, etc
Dance Artist / Performer
Someone trained to a high level in one or more dance styles who performs choreography or improvisation to an audience
Manages activities and projects provided by dance organisations. In a dance organisation, they facilitate the work of dance artists
Dance Health Practitioner
Someone who works with dance artists/performers to treat or prevent injury and ill-health, both physical and psychological
Someone who works ‘behind the scenes, often in a dance company but also in a freelance capacity, to ensure that the performance takes place
Dance Movement Therapist
They use dance and movement to help people with a wide range of emotional, social, psychological and physical difficulties
Someone who works with dance organisations or venues to ensure that productions, projects or otherwise happen on time and in budge
Someone who studies dance training, performance and practice and their relationship to performance, fitness, health, and wellbeing
Someone trained to a high level in one or more dance styles and is able to share their knowledge and expertise with others
Dance companies need people who know about dance as well as education and cultural policy in order to provide an educational aspect
Notation / Choreology
A Benesh Choreologist records dance movements on paper, in order to correctly preserve work and teach performers approved choreography
Helps their students increase strength, flexibility and stability, improve their coordination, release stress and improve posture
Someone who instructs on positions, controlled breathing and meditation. They teach either as a form of exercise or as a therapy
Where can dance take me?
A downloadable journal for young people who are interested in exploring dance as a career.
Dance Teaching Pathways: Guidance on routes into teaching and qualifications
Dance Teaching Pathways provides some clarity and guidance on what dance teaching qualifications are on offer.
A flow chart to provide clarity and guidance on the various routes into dance teaching qualifications.