Opportunities for graduates with a Dance degree are more varied now especially with
the growing concerns about health and exercise.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
Nature of the Work
Professional dancers often transition from student to dancer to choreographer to teacher.
But no matter where you are in the continuum, you will remain a student of dance your
Many professional dancers perform in classical ballet, which includes the stylized,
traditional repertory, or modern dance, which allows more free movement and self-expression.
Or, you may find yourself doing a jazz adaptation for a musical show or appearing
in a musical comedy on television.
Choreographers often create original dances, teach them to performers and sometimes
direct and stage the productions of their work.
Dance therapists use creative movement to address a variety of client problems, ranging
from emotional disturbances to physical and mental handicaps. Dance therapy is used
in stress reduction programs and to treat physical illnesses as well.
Places of Employment
|Arts high schools
||Performing arts centers
There is no one approach to training for a career in dance.
While you do not need a college degree to become a professional dancer, being a Dance
major develops a sense of history and perspective that will enhance your ability to
interpret and to create. In addition, a college education will give you a greater
range of career options.
Dance training typically begins well before college. Private teachers and independent
dance studios provide rigorous technical training for dancers often beginning between
the ages of 10 and 12.
A strong background in dance and psychology and a graduate degree in dance therapy
are required if you want to be a dance therapist.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.