A dance degree allows you to combine a love of performing with development of your choreography, cultural history and arts administration and management skills
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Most dance degree students supplement their studies by creating, producing and performing their own work. This allows you to develop skills in other areas of the performance process, including operations and administration - you can also develop marketing, ticketing and event management experience by working on your own projects.
Some dance degrees include a professional training placement year. A placement allows you to experience working in a professional dance company or arts organisation and may lead to a paid opportunity.
Other options include completing internships or helping with community projects; teaching dance classes; volunteering at festivals; writing reviews and opinion pieces for dance blogs and websites and creating your own workshops.
These activities allow you to explore your own personal interests and grow your network in dance and performing arts - creating opportunities for you to work with other creative professionals. Some students evolve their own dance companies from their involvement in self-directed or voluntary projects.
Freelancing and short-term contracts are the norm and many dance graduates develop 'portfolio careers'. Moving between different fields, networking, attending auditions, collaborating with other artists and putting on your own shows are all parts of a dancer's lifestyle.
Dance is about how you present yourself and it's important to showcase your work and skills whenever you can and network at every opportunity.
Typical employers include:
Studying dance provides you with specialist knowledge in different dance forms, dance history, choreography, community dance, arts administration and the commercial and business side of dance and the performing arts.
A dance degree also develops transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. These include: