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Dancers and Choreographers

Dancers and Choreographers
Quick Facts : Dancers and Choreographers*
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201225,600
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change4,600

Dancers and choreographers use express themselves with movement. They can share stories and ideas in dance performances such as tap, jazz, and ballet.

What Dancers and Choreographers Do

  • Learn complex dance movements that entertain audiences
  • Study new and emerging types of dance
  • Attend promotional events such as photography session for productions
  • Rehearse for performances several hours a day
  • Work closely with instructors or other dancers to interpret or modify choreography

Work Environment

About 40 percent of dancers work in performing arts companies, and about 78 percent of choreographers work in other schools and instruction, which include dance and fine arts schools. Dancers have one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries.
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Job Outlook

Employment of dancers is projected to go up 11 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the dancers made on average $13.16.
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Becoming a Dancers and Choreographers

All dancers must have many years of formal training. Education and training requirements vary with the type of dancer; however, nearly all choreographers began their careers as dancers.
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