It is essential to be extremely fit, creative, have excellent performance skills and be very dedicated and hardworking! Professional dance training at a university, vocational dance or performing arts school is required. This is usually a three year full-time course leading to a degree, diploma or certificate. Many dancers also support their performance work by teaching, choreographing or working in other related areas. It is important to take opportunities to udertake work experience with companies or organisations or get involved with local opportunities such as projects with youth dance groups or schools. Contact your local and regional dance agencies for information.
Dance jobs are listed in publications such as The Stage newspaper www.thestage.co.uk, ‘Juice’: http://www.theplace.org.uk/13681/juice/juice.html, Article 19: www.article19.co.uk and the Arts Council's Arts Jobs service.
Case Study: Neb Abbott
Neb Abbott, Dancer/Teacher, Touring Company, Ludus Dance. Filmed: 6 January 2009