How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Dancer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Dancer

To become a dancer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in dance. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. In many cases, a natural ability in dance is more important than formal qualifications. You can also become a dancer by completing a degree in arts, applied dance, creative arts or fine arts, with a major in dance, dance performance or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. You may also be required to attend an audition or interview. Some courses offer intensive training for a performance career, while others qualify graduates to teach dance or provide a background that will enable graduates to take up other dance-related careers such as choreography and community arts work. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.6%

NSW 57.1%

NT 1.7%

QLD 9.2%

SA 1.2%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 21.3%

WA 5.6%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 48%

Female 52%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 9.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 51.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 38.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 78%

Above 35 years: 18%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
The Australian Ballet School and the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA Dance College) conduct auditions in most states and territories for their diploma programs each year. See for more information.
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