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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Tap Dancer
  • Song and Dance Performer
  • Soloist Dancer
  • Soft Shoe Dancer
  • Precision Dancer
  • Performing Artist
  • Modern Dancer
  • Line Dancer
  • Latin Dancer
  • Hip Hop Dancer
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What They Do

  • Perform in productions, singing or acting in addition to dancing, if required.
  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.
  • Teach dance students.
  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
  • Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average hourly wage in California was $18/hr with most people making between $10/hr and $29/hr

Outlook

1.18%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 20 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.