There are currently an estimated 13,500 dancers in the United States. The dancer job market is expected to grow by 4.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are dancers?

CareerExplorer rates dancers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,600 dancers. That number is based on 600 additional dancers, and the retirement of 7,000 existing dancers.

Are dancers in demand?

Dancers will continue to face intense competition for jobs, as the number of applicants is expected to vastly exceed the number of openings. Only the most talented dancers find regular employment with major dance companies. A growing interest in dance and pop culture, however, should provide opportunities with smaller regional or traveling dance troupes; casino and theme park shows; cruise lines; music video channels; and dance schools. Fluctuations in funding for the arts by public and private organizations will play a considerable role in determining overall demand and employment prospects in the field. While the most sought-after positions will be found in large cities with noteworthy entertainment industries, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the highest number of job seekers will also be located in these centres. Candidates who have attended a conservatory affiliated with a recognized dance company or who have trained at a prestigious school like Juilliard will be highly coveted. Novice dancers often spend several years in dance choruses before advancing to solo numbers or prominent roles. After their performing careers some dancers become choreographers, producers, or directors. Others continue to work in the field by forming their own dance companies. Those whose experience is in ballet may aspire to the esteemed position of ballet master or mistress.

What’s the supply of dancers?

Dancer job market by state

State Name Employed Dancers
Texas 1,100
New York 1,080
Nevada 980
California 840
Hawaii 500
Colorado 310
Louisiana 250
Massachusetts 250
Florida 250
Missouri 230
North Carolina 200
Oregon 200
Pennsylvania 200
Illinois 190
Utah 150
Rhode Island 100
District of Columbia 90
South Carolina 30