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Dancer

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€18k > 55 
Dancer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 55 
Related Information:
Established Dancer: 25 - 42
'Star' Dancer: 55k +
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Dancers use movement to tell a story. It may be the portrayal of a character, or the interpretation of a particular role, in a ballet, dance or musical performance.


The Work header image

The Dancer uses his/her virtuosity and technical ability in dance so as to develop the character being portrayed and the aim is to realise to the full the intentions of the composer/author or choreographer and to affect audiences accordingly. The Dancer must work as part of a team that may include the composer/author, the producer, the director and/or choreographer and other Dancers.  
 
A Dancer must be capable of interpreting and undertaking a wide variety of roles, but as experience increases he/she will find the greatest satisfaction in the portrayal of those roles best suited to his/her particular talents and personality.  
 
Opportunities exist for Professional Dancers to work for national, international and small-scale dance companies in theatre productions and as freelance performers.  
 
Other career choices include:  
 
Choreographer - working with dance companies or in the world of TV and Video  
Dance Animator - developing dance activities within communities  
Dance Teaching and Dance Therapy.  
Alternatively you may make your career in a related field such as dance administration or marketing.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.

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Study and practice dance moves required in roles.

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Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.

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Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.

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Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.

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Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.

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Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.

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Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.

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Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.

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Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be physically fit and agile, and have a good sense of rhythm. You must have the stamina and commitment to endure long, sometimes painful, practice sessions and rehearsals.  
 
You should also have the confidence to perform in front of an audience. Some dance styles, classical ballet for example, require a certain physique.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Ballet Dancer Melissa Hamilton - from:  Irish Times Video
Go..Dancer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Dancer - from:  GradIreland

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