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Education
Areas

EDUCATION:

Area

  • Formalized instruction
  • Recreational or self-enrichment instruction
Employers

Employers

  • K-12 schools, public and private
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private dance studios and school
  • Conservatories
  • Performing arts camps
  • Community agencies
  • Adult/Continuing education programs
  • Physical fitness centers
  • Recreation centers/clubs
Information/Strategies

Information/Strategies

  • Acquire a teaching certificate for public school teaching. Learn about requirements by state.
  • Earn a graduate degree to teach in higher education and many conservatories. Specialize in an area such as ballet, modern, jazz, etc.
  • Develop strong communication skills and teaching ability through coursework and campus activities.
  • Gain experience working with children through volunteer or part-time work.
  • Become proficient in many styles and forms of dance.
Administration
Areas

ADMINISTRATION:

Area

  • Arts Management
  • Company Management
  • Artistic Direction/Rehearsal Direction
  • Promotion
  • Tour Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Event Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Dance Accreditation
Employers

Employers

  • Cultural organizations and arts councils
  • Theaters and arts venues
  • Dance companies
  • Dance studios and academies
  • Musical theater production companies
  • Dance festivals
  • National Endowment for the Arts
Information/Strategies

Information/Strategies

  • Pursue education in arts management, business, or non-profit management.
  • Join organizations that plan and host campus cultural attractions and entertainment events.
  • Develop administrative, leadership, and organizational skills.
  • Participate in internships and/or volunteer activities to gain related experience.
  • Learn how to write grants and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Dance/Movement Therapy
Areas

DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY:

Dance therapists work with individuals, couples, families, or groups using both verbal counseling techniques and movement interventions

Employers

Employers:

  • Schools and special education settings
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Psychiatric and medical hospitals
  • Community mental health agencies Wellness centers
  • Alternative health centers
  • Private practice
Information/Strategies

Information/Strategies

  • Take courses in psychology, social work, education, or child and family studies along with developing a broad education in dance.
  • A master's degree in dance/movement therapy, counseling, or psychology and a clinical internship in dance therapy are required. After completion, you hold the Dance Therapist Registered (DTR) designation.
  • Learn to work well with many types of people and develop excellent communication skills.
  • Volunteer in a rehabilitation setting.
  • Join the American Dance Therapy Association.
  • Consider an undergraduate degree in recreation therapy for a wider range of job prospects.
Media
Areas

MEDIA:

Area

  • Dance Writing
  • Dance Criticism
  • Dance History
Employers

Employers

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Book publishers
Information/Strategies

Information/Strategies

  • Develop excellent writing and editing skills along with knowledge of the history and culture of dance.
  • Write for campus or local newspapers.
  • Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those that have been published.
  • Seek opportunities for recognition and networking through writing contests and freelance writing submissions.
  • Learn skills in social media and other web-based programs to prepare for online work.
  • Become comfortable working in a deadline-oriented atmosphere.