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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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:
    Portfolio including DVD of you dancing and highlighting ALL of your talents
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Resources for Auditions and Agencies
  • 8. Real Dancers
  • 9. Effort and Discipline
  • 10. Self Discipline
  • 11. Starting you own company
    Non-Profit Organizations
    Including an educational program
    Renting theatres
    Administrative Responsibilities
    Marketing and Advertising
    Seeking Grants: Grant Writing
  • 12. Resources for funding and development
  • 13. Career transitions for dancers and Alternative uses for your dance education
  • 14. 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
  • 15.
  • 16. National Dance Education Organization
  • 17. Writing for dancers
    Dance Critique: reviews dance shows and performances. Works for newspapers generally.
    Write for a dance magazine.
    Dance Magazine
    Dance Spirit
    Dance Teacher
    Point Magazine
  • 18. Dance Movement Therapy
  • 19. 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:
    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
  • 20. 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.
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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?