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Dancer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Trains, exercises, and attends dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Studies and practices dance moves required in roles.
  • Harmonizes body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.
  • Performs classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
  • Collaborates with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Coordinates dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
  • Attends costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Auditions for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
  • Develops self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and chooses dance styles accordingly.
  • Monitors the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves keeping or regaining your balance more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching quickly and repeatedly
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Dance Teacher -- Teaches dance techniques and artistic interpretation.
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  • Latin Dancer --