Profession dancer

Dancers conceive and create or perform dances.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic
  • Artistic / Social

Related professions dance

  • Choreographer

Knowledge

  • Be in touch with your body

    The key aspects of applied anatomy, psychology, nutrition, physiology, and psychosocial studies and how they relate to the self-awareness of one's body. 

  • Theatre techniques

    Understand techniques that facilitate a successful presentation of a play.

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

  • Acting techniques

    The different acting techniques for developing lifelike performances, such as method acting, classical acting, and Meisner technique.

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.

Skills

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • Check the production schedule

    Check the daily and long term schedules for rehearsal, training sessions, performances, season, tour, etc. Check the project timeline to be aware of the expectations of time dedication, paying special attention to calls for training sessions, rehearsals, costume fittings, makeup, hair and props, trips, holidays, set-up time, warm-up or stretching period during the day planning, rehearsal time, break times, time and duration of performances, tear-down/strike time, etc. More over this skill is related to transversal skills like:Process information, attend to detail, Meet commitments, work efficiently.

  • Maintain dance training

    Participate in training sessions and classes to ensure the highest possible level of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness. Identify the requirements of the work that orientates the goal of the training.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts

    Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.

  • Perform live

    Perform in front of live audiences.

  • Perform fast changeover

    Perform dress, hair, wigs and makeup changeovers during a performance.

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Accept feedback on artistic performance

    Accept feedback, proposed discussions and avenues of exploration about the precision of movements, rhythm, musicality, precision of the performance, interaction with peers and stage elements, areas requiring improvement. Take feedback into account to develop the potential as performer. Note the choreographers/repetiteur/dance master instructions, the instructions of other collaborators (dramaturge, performers/dancers peers, musicians, etc.) assuring being in the same page with direction team.

  • Work with a dance team

    Work with the dance direction and artistic team, including peers, choreographer or director, repetiteur dramaturge and other team members. Appropriate the material as a performer or dancer, aiming to achieve your maximum potential. Share difficulties ideas, reflections or suggestions related to artistic performance with peers and the direction team, ensuring smooth relationships and communications within the different teams. Exchange feedback on performance on stage and in rehearsals.

  • Develop an artistic approach to your interpretation

    Contribute as a performer to the development of an artistic approach or creative project. Analyze your own practice and expertise in general and in relation with the artistic proposal. Analyze the artistic approach proposed and describe your artistic vision for the creation of your roll. Identify the components of the show to be performed, developing the choreographer's or director's artistic intent and grasping the work's identity. Participate in the creative process, helping to prepare a remount or reconstruction of a work. Evaluate own practice in general, linked to the artistic approach proposed during rehearsal and performances.

  • Work with broad variety of personalities

    Be flexible and work with a broad mix of personalities.

  • Manage artistic career

    Present yourself and your artistic approach. Position your work in target markets. Promote and market yourself and your oeuvre.

  • Promote yourself

    Market one's own strengths in terms of skills and knowledge.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Dance

    Perform in artistic productions of differents disciplines such as classical ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, early dance, ethnic dance, folk dance, acrobatic dances and street dance.

Optional knowledge and skills

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Common job titles

  • Dancer / hostess
  • Go go dancer
  • Model & talent
  • Costume production design assistant
  • Wardrobe assistant
  • Assistant to the artistic staff
  • Dancer / entertainer
  • Dancer/personal trainers