Maintaining a career as a full-time dancer can be difficult and short lived.
However, there are many ways to extend a career in dance and remain active in your field or transition to something different entirely.
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Below are just a few ideas on how you can either extend your dance career, or transition into a new field by focusing on the discipline, punctuality, dedication, creativity that you have as a dancer.
1. Become a dance teacher
This is perhaps one of the most popular career choices for dancers. Being a dance teacher allows you to remain active physically while sharing your knowledge with others. You can also remain creative through choreographing routines for class and performances regularly.
2. Become a Choreographer
There are many ways of starting. Search out grant programs to fund your work. Contact local theatre groups who may be interested in hiring a choreographer for their plays or musicals. Seek out entertainment companies who may need a choreographer for corporate or commercial work. Start your own dance company and forge a new, creative path!
3. Incorporate Movement in Rehabilitation, Health and Aged Care
There’s a opportunity for dancers to take their skills into the health and care sector to support unwell or older people who need support in feeling better, getting better and maintaining or restoring their health. This is a growing area of employment for dancers and creative people.
4. Work in arts administration for a dance company
Your experience in the dance world will have given you a thorough understanding of the arts in general and transitioning to a desk job is a good option to stay involved in the field if you desire a less physically active career. This is a great position for those who can organise budgets, schedule meetings, rehearsals, or shows, organise fundraisers, and be a support to the artistic director and overall vision of the company.
5. Become a yoga or Pilates instructor
Yoga and Pilates are not only great conditioning supplements for dancers, but they also make wonderful second careers and additional income to full-time dancers. The language of dance crosses over well into these fields. These are great career choices for dancers who either wish to continue to dance, or transition into a field that may be gentler on their body while allowing them to remain physically active.
6. Become a dance photographer or videographer
As a dancer, you already have an awareness of movement when you take the leap into the photography world, giving you an edge to predict great photo moments or video framing. Dancers and choreographers often have a great eye for creating imagery – after all, dance is essentially creating images with your bodies.
7. Become a physical therapist or dance medicine specialist.
As dancers, you know very well how our bodies work. If you have had extensive training, you probably have a wide range of anatomy and kinesiology knowledge. Injuries in dance are unfortunately common, and you may have even experienced some yourself and gone through physical therapy. The ability to relate to a dancer and understand the dancer’s body as a physical therapist or medical doctor will give you an advantage that is hard to beat.
Know that your drive to succeed does not have to stop with dance, but you can take these many wonderful qualities to open new doors, build new bridges and have a successful life, no matter what you do.