SOC: 27-2031.00


Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,000 employed

Projected (2024):
13,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Acrobatic Dancer
  • Ballerina
  • Ballet Company Artistic Director
  • Ballet Company Member
  • Ballet Dancer
  • Ballet Soloist
  • Ballet Teacher
  • Belly Dancer
  • Burlesque Dancer
  • Company Dancer
  • Dance Artist
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Teacher
  • Dancer
  • Discotheque Dancer
  • Entertainment Dancer
  • Exotic Dancer
  • Go Go Dancer
  • Go-Go Dancer
  • Hip Hop Artist
  • Hip Hop Dancer
  • Latin Dancer
  • Line Dancer
  • Modern Dancer
  • Performing Artist
  • Precision Dancer
  • Soft Shoe Dancer
  • Soloist Dancer
  • Song and Dance Performer
  • Tap Dancer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Study and practice dance moves required in roles.
  • Harmonize body movements to rhythm of musical accompaniment.
  • Perform classical, modern, or acrobatic dances in productions, expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
  • Collaborate with choreographers to refine or modify dance steps.
  • Coordinate dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
  • Attend costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances.
  • Audition for dance roles or for membership in dance companies.
  • Develop self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly.
  • Monitor the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations.
  • Teach dance students.
  • Devise and choreograph dance for self or others.
  • Perform in productions, singing or acting in addition to dancing, if required.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Balance balls
  • Dance barres
  • Exercise bands
  • Laptop computers
  • Men's ballet flats
  • Men's ballroom dancing shoes
  • Men's clogging shoes
  • Men's hip hop dance shoes
  • Men's jazz shoes
  • Men's Latin dance shoes
  • Men's modern dance shoes
  • Men's social dance shoes
  • Men's tap shoes
  • Multi-speaker stereo systems
  • Personal computers
  • Pointe shoes
  • Tablet computers
  • Women's ballet flats
  • Women's ballroom dancing shoes
  • Women's clogging shoes
  • Women's hip hop dance shoes
  • Women's jazz shoes
  • Women's Latin dance shoes
  • Women's modern dance shoes
  • Women's social dance shoes
  • Women's tap shoes
  • Choreography software
  • Facebook
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980