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Dancer

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
    - 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.
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