Careers in DanceCollege Preparation Goal: To be introduced to the various options you have to develop a career using you dance ability and knowledge Objective1: To Introduce various careers in dance and the college pathways to success Objective 2: To identify your talents and skills that would lead to a specific career plan and educational plan that suits your personal needs. Objective 3: Begin Portfolio Preparation
Dance Performance and Choreography Broadway Musicals- New York Videos-New York and California Professional Dance Companies-All over the country Commercials –New York and California Movies-New York and primarily California
College Preparation Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Why get your degree if you are going to perform? Performance careers don’t generally last forever, especially for a dancer Prepared you for a career transition when this time comes
What kind of program do you need? Pick an program that includes many dance forms and performance opportunities. A program that is conservatory based One that includes training in acting and vocals is more beneficial for musical theatre. There are some musical theatre major programs but you must be able to sing, act and dance and it is highly competitive.
Performance Career Needs Agent- this person finds you auditions on a continual basis and books you paying gigs they get paid by taking percentage of what you get offered for each successful job attained. To audition for an agent you will need: Headshot Portfolio including DVD of you dancing and highlighting ALL of your talents
Auditioning Always come looking good in proper dance attire and with make up and hair pulled back, no jewelry. Be sure to introduce yourself with a smile and a hand shake to anyone involved. You never know who you will see again. Try to wear colors that will make you stand out. Dance FULL OUT! As soon as you arrive you should warm yourself up. Get there early so you can get a good spot up front. If they can’t see you they won’t pick you.
Resources for Auditions and Agencies www.answers4dancers.com/free-for-you/agent-listings.html http://www.danceusa.org/ http://www.casting-call.us/dance-auditions.php www.philadelphiadance.org
Starting you own company Non-Profit Organizations Including an educational program Renting theatres Administrative Responsibilities Marketing and Advertising Seeking Grants: Grant Writing
Resources for funding and development http://www.nea.gov/resources/disciplines/dance/resources.html http://www.irs.gov/charities/topic/index.html www.danceusa.org http://www.getty.edu/foundation/funding/ http://www.pcah.us/dance
Career transitions for dancers and Alternative uses for your dance education
Dance Education Studio Education: Requires no certification, but does not pay as much or include health benefits most of the time. Pre K-12 Education: Requires and Bachelors and Masters Degree; Ed. M. (in some states) and an official state certification that is different for each state. University Level: Adjunct Faculty: BA, Bachelor of Arts; MFA, Master of Fine Arts: only a part-time position, many professional dancers do this Tenure Faculty: BA, MFA or M.Ed. And Ph. D. Doctorate Level: highest level of academic achievement in dance. Can run your own college department
College Pathway to Movement therapy Dance/Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of individuals. Undergraduate Degree in: Psychology Dance Graduate Degree:
Dance Movement Therapy
Universities and Colleges Drexel University Melbourne University (Australia) Antioch University New England Columbia College Chicago Lesley University Naropa University Pratt Institute
Dance Administration, historian or research Full time jobs available in universities, large dance companies and organizations. Undergraduate degree and Masters Degree. PhD. for University programs. www.miamidade.jobing.com/Job_Details2.asp?JobID=2590633 www.cordance.org/dance-research-journal
Physical Therapy and Dance medicine You have a distinct knowledge of the human body and how it works through your art. These are two areas you could apply this knowledge! Bachelors and Masters Degree www.iadms.org/index.cfm www.med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/
Home work: Create a list of talents and skills that you have. This can be personality traits, arts skills, academic skills, co-curricular interests. List everyting. Create one page dance artist career statement that includes: Pick a career in dance that you think you would be good at and describe why? Include the skills you put on your list in the description. What pathway do you want to take for college to make this a reality? What is you dream job? How can you make this happen? Whatpersonal qualities will it take to work towards you goal?