Dancers or Choreographers entertain by performing dances, or creating dance compositions.

Specialisations: Ballet Dancer, Contemporary or Modern Dancer, Exotic Dancer.

You need a high level of dancing skill to work as a Dancer or Choreographer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Dancers and Choreographers.

Tasks

  • Practises dance routines and interprets the choreographic content of the production.
  • Performs dances for audience entertainment, co-ordinates body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment.
  • Composes and notates ballet compositions and other dance routines.
  • Creates and performs individual performance routines.
  • Rehearses, auditions and travels between entertainment venues.

More about Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

All Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

  • $1,366 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Dancers and Choreographers

  • 1,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 42% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 27 years Average age
  • 69% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Dancers and Choreographers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Dancers and Choreographers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (42%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 27 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (36%).
  • Gender: 69% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services63.7
Education and Training15.2
Accommodation and Food Services11.8
Other Services2.6
Other Industries6.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDancers and ChoreographersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.731.6
VIC32.425.6
QLD21.820.0
SA4.87.0
WA12.010.8
TAS0.82.0
NT0.81.0
ACT0.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDancers and ChoreographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.2-5.05.0
20-2428.9-9.39.3
25-3443.1-22.922.9
35-4414.1-22.022.0
45-544.2-21.621.6
55-590.9-9.09.0
60-640.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDancers and ChoreographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree16.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV12.7-21.121.1
Year 1229.3-18.118.1
Year 115.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.4-12.512.5

You need a high level of dancing skill to work as a Dancer or Choreographer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Dancers and Choreographers.

Membership with ausDANCE may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers who have strong people skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Fine Arts

    76% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. Education and Training

    35% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Communications and Media

    30% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  4. Sociology and Anthropology

    25% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  5. English Language

    23% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    100% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  2. Physical Proximity

    97% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

    95% Important

    How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

  4. Spend Time Walking and Running

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend walking and running?

  5. Contact With Others

    91% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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