Whether your speciality is hip-hop, tango, tap or ballet, a dancer uses movement and gestures to tell stories and captivate audiences. Dancers commit to years of learning, practising and perfecting their dance skills, to one day turn pro. But what exactly does a professional dancer’s career look like?

 

Key Responsibilities – The tasks a dancer is required to perform vary depending on the style of dance and their company and/or contract. However, before they even get a job/contract and in between jobs there is lots of hard work to be done and individual responsibilities can include:

 

Working Hours – For professional dancers, hours tend to be long and unsocial. Training and rehearsals typically take place during the day, followed by evening performances when on contract.  After years of training at a high level dancers are used to these hours, and have spent most of their childhood in the dance studio so Friday & Saturday nights as well as weekends have always been taken up with dance classes, it’s all part of the fun.

The majority of dancers in Musical Theatre or in the Commercial dance industry work on a freelance basis, on short, fixed-term contracts.  Shows or contracts may run for 6 days, 6 weeks or even 6 months.  However, there are opportunities for full-time employment with dance companies mainly ballet or contemporary companies from right around the world. 

 

What to Expect

Our team at Dance Desire are mainly ex professional dancers, so next time you’re in the store, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.