Dancers

(NOC 5134)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

This group includes dancers and dance teachers. Dancers are employed by ballet and dance companies, television and film productions and night clubs and similar establishments. Dancers perform either alone or as part of a group for live audiences or for television or film tapings. Dance teachers are employed by dance academies and dance schools.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 20 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Dancers most commonly work part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 5% of Dancers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$741

Minimum

$8,040

Median

$23,643

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes dancers and dance teachers. Dancers are employed by ballet and dance companies, television and film productions and night clubs and similar establishments. Dancers perform either alone or as part of a group for live audiences or for television or film tapings. Dance teachers are employed by dance academies and dance schools.

Job duties

Dancers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Practice and rehearse dance routines under direction or instruction to achieve desired interpretation and presentation.
  • Perform dances as soloists or as members of groups before live audiences or for film or television.
  • Train and exercise to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness.
  • May choreograph their own performances.

Dance teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Teach dance technique and artistic interpretation to amateur and professional individuals and groups.
  • Teach the techniques, cultural origins and symbolic meanings of Aboriginal, ethnic and folkloric dances.
  • Teach recreational dancing lessons such as ballroom dancing.
  • Prepare dance students for specific auditions and performances. // Dancers may specialize in specific types of dance such as ballet, ballroom, folk, jazz or modern.

Sample job titles

  • ballerina
  • ballet dancer
  • ballroom dancing teacher
  • belly dancer
  • dance instructor
  • dancer
  • group dance teacher
  • interpretive dancer
  • tap dancer

Skills

To work in these fields, you should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others and performing before an audience. Self-discipline and a good business sense are also helpful. Dancers must train and exercise diligently to stay in form, and they must be willing to accept direction as to interpretation and presentation. Today's dancers are expected to be versatile and skilled in many forms of dance. A solid foundation of ballet is required for most modern, jazz and even hip-hop jobs. Even classical ballet dancers need modern and/or jazz training.

Job requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in dance or graduation from a private dance school or academy may be required.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the job or type of performance may be required.

Other considerations

Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria. Dance teachers usually require experience as dancers.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

23.7%

employed full-time

34.3%

self employed

92.2%
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7.8%
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23

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

52.9%

Halifax

29.4%

Northern

13.7%

Annapolis Valley

3.9%

Southern

3.9%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

73.0%

Educational Services

16.2%

Information, Culture & Recreation

5.4%

Other Industries

5.4%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

59.1%

15-24

18.2%

25-34

18.2%

35-44

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

40.0%

High school

$7,278 median annual income
35.0%

Bachelor's degree

$13,569 median annual income
15.0%

Less than high school

N/A
7.5%

College certificate or diploma

$4,261 median annual income

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Dance - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. These programs include courses in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Fine/studio arts - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. These programs include courses in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images); theory of art; colour theory; composition and perspective; anatomy; the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio; and art portfolio marketing.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Dance Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 422-1749
Fax: (902) 422-0881
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, NS B3L 1K7
Tel: (902) 423-6995
Fax: (902) 423-6029
Halifax Dance
1505 Barrington Street, Suite G6
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Tel: (902) 422-2006
Fax: (902) 423-2057

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Job postings

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