While you may dream about becoming a principal with the American Ballet Theatre, there are many different options in the wide world of professional dance. You may dance with smaller classical companies, modern troupes, or folkloric and ethnic dance groups. You could dance in musicals, pop music videos, and commercial TV productions.
However, finding steady work in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance is never easy. It takes both passion and patience to pursue a career in this demanding field.
Dancers express ideas and emotions through dance forms such as ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance. In this demanding and competitive field, dancers challenge their bodies and their minds.
Dancers begin training at an early age -- some as early as four years old.
Creative, passionate, and expressive. You should also be patient and determined, and have a thick skin. Dancers face a lot of rejection, as competition in this field is fierce.
Dance is so hard on the body that many dancers stop performing by their late thirties.