In Summary - Dancer
Dancers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Videos & Interviews
Videos on the Web
- Dancer- from: Youtube Search
- Ballet Dancer Melissa Hamilton - from: Irish Times Video
The Work - Dancer
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
- Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
- Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.
- Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
- Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
- Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
- Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
- Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
- Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
- Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- 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.
- 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.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Interests - Dancer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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.
Entry Requirements - Dancer
Pay & Salary - Dancer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 55k
Established Dancer: 25 - 42
'Star' Dancer: 55k +
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.
Labour Market Updates - Dancer
Although the data does not highlight any issues in this occupation, there have been indications from Enterprise Ireland that client-companies are finding it difficult to source suitably qualified staff to work in animation. As a result an apprenticeship for a CGI Technical Artist has been proposed.
National Skills Bulletin 2018