Dancers are performers who entertain audiences by dancing as soloists, with a partner or as members of a group. There are many styles of dance, including ballet, contemporary, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, folk, jazz, ballroom and tap. Dancers may perform using a variety of styles, or they may specialise in one particular dance style.
Duties & Tasks
Dancers may perform the following tasks:attend auditions
rehearse dance steps and movements under the direction and instruction of a choreographer
develop their own interpretation of a role
train daily to maintain or improve technical standards, fitness and flexibility, and to help reduce the risk of injury when rehearsing or performing
perform styles of dance as the company, project or choreographer requires
sing or act as part of a performance
apply their own make-up for performances
choreograph dance works or routines.
Most professional classical dancers have studied ballet from a young age. However, some modern dancers, particularly men, begin training as late as 16. Working as a dancer is physically demanding. Rehearsal and performance hours can be long and unpredictable.
discipline, dedication and perseverance
physically flexible and well-proportioned
good sense of rhythm
an appreciation of music
high-level technical and interpretive skills
good general health and an ability to reach high levels of fitness
good communication skills.