Do What You Love
Doing what you love will make work less difficult. Dancing is an aesthetic discipline which has tangible positive benefits in terms of both mental and physical health. Dancing will hone you, and can even represent a lucrative career if you are passionate enough about it to continue developing yourself as time goes by.
The best dancers fully flourish as individuals—they eat right, and their physical activity is the dance itself. A professional dancer can spend as many as forty hours in a studio every week. Just to give some contrast, at 700 calories an hour, that’s 5,600 calories a day. A dance routine that’s 1,000 calories an hour is 8,000 in an eight-hour day. That is quite a bit of fat burn!
Dancing professionally requires exceptional physical discipline. But getting to the point where you can spend that kind of time in a studio won’t happen overnight. Still, it can be done. Naturally, there will be work involved; but it won’t feel like work if you love dance—you’ll be working at something about which you’re passionate. So if you love dance, and want to make a career out of it, you definitely can. Here are some paths to consider.
Become A Dance Instructor In Your Community
Dance instructors in even a small community can have a fairly lucrative career. Young girls often get involved in jazz, ballet, or tap dancing courses. Going this route is rather like the musician who becomes a teacher of various pupils; the difference being in scope. You’re more likely to have a group of dance students, whereas music is often one-on-one.
Also, being a local dance instructor in your community may not necessarily limit you to working with children. There are going to be hobbyists, and there are likely going to be local theatrical productions at the community, high school, and collegiate level who could use your services.
If you go this route, you’ll certainly want to find the right costumes for dance competitions. You’re definitely going to have competition if your dance studio starts getting some momentum! Saving money on dance wear is key.
Make It As A Featured Or Backup Dancer
The most traditional way of making a professional career as a dancer is to seek out mainstream expressions of dance. Many music videos, films, and theatrical productions have a rolling need for professional dancers who can control their bodies, choreograph quickly, and follow complex directives.
Still, there’s a lot of competition here. Though there are millions who go this route in order to establish their career as dancers, it can be very difficult. Prepare for many long years of hardships, and working multiple jobs until you can make a “break”. That break may also never come. Regardless, you’ll want to keep yourself up to date on various hip-hop moves you’re likely to encounter.
Advance To A Collegiate Dance-Centered Academic
If you live near a local college, you might look into their dance department. Provided your dancing abilities are requisite to faculty needs, you may find yourself teaching students just a few years younger than you are how to dance.
There’s good money in a career as a dance instructor at the collegiate level, and you also meet people who themselves may be in a position to offer you more lucrative work years down the line.
Learn To Choreograph, Do So Specifically Or Via Freelance
Choreography is core to dance. Anyone can jump around generally following a beat, but a group of thirty people moving in aesthetically pleasing synchronicity requires choreography. The dance choreographer is much like the film director. They must have discipline, vision, and deep understanding of the medium.
What’s interesting is that choreography work may not necessitate one single position. Certainly you may become a choreographer for, say, a musical theater troupe. But additionally, you may find freelancing suits you better. Churches, high schools, colleges, dance schools, films, commercials, and music videos all have need of top-tier choreographers.
Being a choreographer will require some experience, but given the artistic quality of dance, passion could give you breakthroughs. Bob Fosse, whose choreography can be seen in pieces like Chicago, parlayed his weakness as a performer into strength, style, and trendiness.
Finding A Foothold In Dance
Dancing requires discipline, but that discipline is ultimately good for you. If you push hard enough, you can find a career. Whether that career involves teaching small local troupes of young dancers, going the mainstream route, becoming an academic, or being a freelance choreographer is up to you.
There are even other ways to make a career out of dance that have been missed here. For all of them, what you’ve got to do is dedicate yourself, and find your balance. It may take time, but in all work is profit.
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