Dancer

Dancer Job Description

Dancers Use Movement, Gesture And Body Language To Portray A Character, Story, Situation Or Abstract Concept To An Audience, Usually To The Accompaniment Of Music. This Normally Involves Interpreting The Work Of A Choreographer, Although It May Sometimes Require Improvisation.

Dancers Work In A Variety Of Genres Including Classical Ballet, Modern Stage Dance, Contemporary Dance, Street Dance And African Or Asian Dance. They May Perform To A Live Audience Or Take Part In A Recorded Performance For Television, Film Or Music Video.

Many Dancers Follow Portfolio Careers, Combining Performance With Teaching, Choreography Or Administrative Work In A Dance Company.

Work Activities Will Differ From Dancer To Dancer, Depending On The Contract.

Self-promotion Is Also A Significant Feature Of The Work. This Can Include Sending Out Your CV And/or Photographs/footage, Delivering Presentations, Running Workshops Or Attending Auditions And Meetings.


Dancer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • discussing and interpreting choreography;
  • learning and using other skills such as singing and acting - many roles, for example in musical theatre, require a combination of performance skills;
  • working in dance development and promotion, encouraging and enabling people, especially children, to become involved in dance and to understand and appreciate it;
  • running workshops in the community, for example with groups of disabled people;
  • undertaking administrative, promotional or stage management work, particularly in a small company or if setting up your own company;
  • liaising with arts and dance organisations, theatres and other venues regarding funding and contracts.
  • looking after costumes and equipment;
  • preparing for and attending auditions and casting sessions;
  • preparing for performances, by rehearsing and exercising;
  • performing to live audiences and for television, film and music video productions;
  • studying and creating choreography;
  • taking care of the health and safety of others, which requires knowledge and observation of physiology and anatomy, as well as safe use of premises and equipment;
  • teaching dance, either privately or in the public sector;


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