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Also called: Ballet Dancer, Company Dancer, Dancer, Soloist Dancer

What they do:
Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
  • move your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving
  • bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs
Physical Strength
  • exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Choreography software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software
Web page creation and editing software
  • Facebook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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