We surveyed 4,765 dancers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical dancer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a dancer?

Low

High

Working as a dancer typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a dancer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a dancer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a dancer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a dancer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for dancers.

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Do dancers work full-time or part-time?

29% of dancers work in full-time roles while 71% work part-time.

Is being a dancer stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst dancers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a dancer?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a dancer.

How competitive is the workplace for dancers?

Low

High

Dancers tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being a dancer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Dancers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are dancers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a dancer, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do dancers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally dancers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a dancer physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a dancer requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are dancers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, dancers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a dancer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for dancers.

Does being a good dancer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as dancers.