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What You Can Do with a Dance Degree

If you wish to pursue a career related to dance, such as dancer, choreographer, dance critic, dance company director, talent agent or one of several others, an education in dance will help you explore your passions and allow you to gain many unique skills that are valued in the workplace.



Jobs You Can Get with a Dance Degree

Take a look at our "Job Board for Dance Students & Grads" below. It lists job openings in Canada and the United States that are relevant to a degree in Dance, and similar fields.





Job Board for Dance Students & Grads

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Can This Degree Help Me in Careers Not Related to Dance?

Of course it can! It's all about the skills you will pick up. Pursuing a dance program will enable you to learn a highly employable skill set, and here's how:


• Dancers rarely perform alone, they must be able to work collaboratively on a project

• Dancers are faced with tight deadlines

• Rigorous practice schedules ensure dancers learn self-discipline, patience, perseverance, and devotion


If you’d like to know more about what you can do with a dance degree, read on below! This Dance Degree Careers Guide contains detailed occupational information on careers applicable to you if you have an undergraduate or graduate dance degree. We’ve included job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers.





What You Learn Pursuing a Dance Degree

University and college dance programs in Canada and the United States are typically designed to provide a combination of technical training and study in dance composition and critical study of dance as an art form.


Through both curricula and high quality instruction, they are meant to provide a strengthening and refinement of dance technique as well as provide scholarly inquiry into the history, science and aesthetics of dance.



Employable Skills You'll Have as a Dance Graduate

As a result of what a dance degree program teaches you, you'll have the opportunity to gain a skill set that is unique to the major and is highly applicable to dance careers, and careers in other performing arts.


• Ability to communicate emotions through movement

• Skills to effectively perform in front of an audience

• Knowledge of dance teaching methodologies

• Knowledge of dance therapy

• Physical attributes such as great physical health, stamina, flexibility, agility and coordination



Career Guides Directly Related to a Dance Degree

As a result of the field-specific skills and competencies that a degree in dance enables you to earn, you can pursue the following careers:


• Choreographer

• Choreologist

• Costume Designer

• Dance Company Director

• Dance Critic

• Dance Instructor

• Dance Specialist

• Dance Studio Owner

• Dance Therapist

• Dancer 

• Interpretive Dancer

• Talent Agent 






Other General Employable Skills You'll Gain

Are you interested in a career outside of dance? Or interested in exploring how this degree helps you in the workplace in general? A good place to start is by looking at the transferrable skills a degree in dance enables you to gain. These skills include:


• Presentation skills

• Ability to work effectively with others

• Concentration skills

• Ability to observe keenly

• Collaboration skills

• Self-Discipline

• Patience

• Ability to meet deadlines

• Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations

• Organizational skills

• Communication skills



Other Career Guides: Fields Related to the General Skills

Careers in other industries that you can pursue based on the above-mentioned general skills include (but are not at all limited to):


• Arts Advocacy Agency Director

• Arts Council Director

• Blogger

• Elementary School Teacher

• Entrepreneur

• Film Director

• Fitness Coach

• High School Teacher

• Music Specialist

• University Professor 







Who Creates Jobs for Dance Majors?

You should now have a pretty good idea of what kind of careers you can pursue with a degree in dance. But who’s going to hire you for these jobs?


It may seem obvious, or redundant, but the types of employers that will hire you are those that are interested in the unique skill set of a dance graduate. These employers include:


• University theatre/dance groups

• Advertising agencies

• Theatres

• Touring companies

• TV/Film studios

• Magazines

• Amusement and theme parks

• Newspapers

• Arts Councils

• Industrial shows

• Performing arts centers

• Local, provincial/state and federal government agencies

• Colleges and universities

• Cruise Lines

• Television networks

• Schools



Dance Degree Jobs

Interested in finding a job that's closely, or loosely, related to your dance degree? Our job board has a bunch of opportunities, check it out!


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Factors that Influence Your Future Salary as a Dance Graduate

The salary you could earn as a dance graduate depends on what career you pursue. For example, if you go on to become a choreographer, your earnings may be different, for better or for worse, from what you would earn if you choose to become a dance studio owner. Other factors that have an effect on your earnings include:


• Your level of education (such as if you went on to graduate studies)

• The industry in which you find work

• The size and type of your employer

• The region in which you work

• Other work experience you may have accrued

• Other skills you may have



Some Actual Salary Figures

Despite this wide array of conditions your future salary is dependent on, we do have some concrete numbers for you to consider:


Dance Graduate Salary Canada: According to a salary survey in 2011, conducted by the Ontario Council of Universities, $34,653 CAD* is the average salary earned by Fine and Applied Arts graduates 2 years after graduating from Ontario universities in 2008.


*This figure is a composite of all graduates who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine and Applied Arts, not specifically for dance graduates. Unfortunately similar statistics for other Canadian provinces and the United States cannot be found from reputable sources.


Success Tip: To get a better idea of what you could earn, click on some of the career fields listed above, in the "Career Guides Directly Related to a Dance Degree" section. It is more accurate (although still not perfect) to estimate your potential future salary based on the career field you plan on pursuing, rather than by your general degree.



Dance Degree Scholarships

Are you a dance major looking for help paying for school? Search our scholarships database for Canadian and American dance-specific scholarships.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.



Professional Associations in Dance

Professional associations are collections of practitioners, organizations and agencies committed to the support, development and enhancement of the professions within the field of dance.


There are a number of professional associations that support ethics in the profession, as well as represent the interests of those working in dance careers. If you are interested in a career in dance, you should consult these websites for more information:



Canada DanceSport

Canadian Dance Assembly


United States

Dance USA

National Dance Council of America



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