The study of dance teaches students a broad range of skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. Ongoing training and networking are key to developing the physical and interpersonal skills that will benefit you as you work with choreographers, companies, and the general public.
What it Takes
- Your job search arsenal includes business cards, an online portfolio, resume, and reels/examples of your work.
- Capture and archive still or video images of your performances
- Experience is crucial. Prove yourself doing freelance writing, reporting and internships, and it will lead to other offers.
- List your name on dance related sites
- Network. Nearly all hiring/offers for work come through relationships.
Sample Job Titles
Sample Job Industries
University/Theatre dance groups
Amusement & Theme Parks
Performing Arts Centers
Government Art Groups
Hubbard Street Dance
Giordano Dance Chicago
Thodos Dance Company
Chicago Area Resources
River North Dance - Modern & Jazz Dance Company
Hubbard Street Dance - Dance Company offering all disciplines of dance
Giordano Dance - Jazz Dance Company
CNADM – Chicago National Association of Dance Masters: All about dance in Chicago
SAG/AFTRA - Local Union for Chicago Performing Artists
Dance USA: Broad database of dancers in the USA with industry support & employment help
NDEO - National Dance Education Association – provides continuing dance education and internship opportunities
Dance Magazine - Online magazine of all things dance including education, choreography, and events
DanceArt - Collective of dance teachers, studio owners, videos, education, & events
Dance Educators of America - Resource for dance educators