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

    Professional Dancer

    Dance Therapist

    Arts Management

    Dance Teacher


    Dance Director

    Artistic Director

  • Sample Job Industries

    University/Theatre dance groups

    Touring Companies

    Amusement & Theme Parks

    Cruise Lines

    Performing Arts Centers

    Arts Councils

    Government Art Groups

  • Key Companies

    Hubbard Street Dance

    Joffrey Ballet

    Boom! Crack!

    Giordano Dance Chicago

    Thodos Dance Company

  • Chicago Area Resources

    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

  • National Resources

    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