Laura 10/28/10


JOB DESCRIPTION: Dancing is defined as taking rhythmical steps in time to music. It can be used as a form of expression, used socially, in a spiritual performance, a compettion, play, or musical. A dancer can work with a specific company and perform regularly, or in a school as a teacher, or even in movies and plays doing choreography. There are many different types of dancing, like ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, ball room dancing, square dancing, line dancing, swing dancing, ethnic, hip hop, interpretive dance, and even spanish dances like the tango.

EDUCATION: The top 10 international dancing school are:
  • American Ballet Theatre, in New York City
  • Bolshoi Ballet Academy, in Moscow
  • Brent Street Schools, in Sydney
  • Joffrey Academy of Dance, in New York City and Chicago
  • Kirov Academy of Ballet, in Washington D.C.
  • The Royal Ballet School, in London
  • Paris Opera Ballet School, in Paris
  • Julliard School, in New York City
  • National Performing Arts School, in Dublin
  • Salzburg International Ballet Academy, in Salzburg Australia

Professional classical ballet dancers often begin their training at the age of seven, and must continue to train throughout their dancing careers. Modern dancers need to start early too, but they do not usually need as many years of training as classical ballet dancers.

Salary Range: The salary of a professional dancer depends on what kind of dancer they are. The three main types of professional dancers are generally a classical ballet dancer, commercial dancer, and modern dancer. All three have varying salaries that depend on contracts. A contract is offered to a dancer once they have had a successful adition for a position. The salary can be minimum of about one hundred dollars per show, or with a major ballet company $450 per week. For a commercial dancer, they can make $2,000 to $3,000 for 3 or 4 days of work doing a TV commercial. Generally the salaries of the average dancer varies a lot. For a ballet dancer the middle hourly wages go from $7.31 to $17.50, and 80% of dancers make between $12,880 and $53,350.

BEST PART OF JOB: Dancers have a great job. The best part of the job, in my opionion is to get to express yourself through music and movement. People are naturally very visual, and you can say a lot through dance, and even the choice of music that you dance to.
WORST PART OF JOB: The worst part of the job is the chance of getting injured, and very possibly getting arthritis.

Jonathan Salisbury

Dance Teacher
DESCRIPTION- Dance teachers train individuals and groups to perform using expressive movement of the body. They teach various forms of dance and methods of performance to both individuals and groups from beginner to advanced ability. Teachers choreograph dance performances to be seen with
accompanying musical selections.

EDUCATION- Dance teachers frequently begin training around the age of 5. Although there is no official training required, aspiring teachers should participate in a college dance program. Some prominent schools in the field of dance are; The Boston Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, and UCLA.

SALARY RANGE- Dance teachers can earn anywhere between $15,000 to $65,000.

BEST PART OF JOB- The best part of teaching dance would be the fulfillment of helping others to be physically active in a creative and expressive way, this would be why I would choose to teach dance.

WORST PART OF JOB- The worst part of teaching dance, would be the annoyance of parents for various reasons. Parents continually foisting dance on unwilling or untalented children and then perpetually second guessing your decisions regarding their children despite the child's lack of interest, practice, or talent.


SOURCE- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Dancers and Choreographers, on the Internet at (visited January 21, 2010).

Shanon O'Hearn
5306 Route 82 Salt Point, NY, 12578
(845) 266-5801

Education/Training recommendation: "Study all different types of dance, and major in dance at college."
Most Valuable Skill: "Patience with parents and with the kids, creativity, the ability to create a fun, and learning environment."

Outlook For Future: "Dance remains a very popular activity even in bad economic times. Dance teachers will continue to be in demand, the outlook is promising."