Career Resources by Discipline/Major

Dance Performance & Education

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Dance from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Art Directors
Dancers and Choreographers
Music Directors and Composers
Musicians and Singers
Postsecondary Teachers
Producers and Directors
Self-enrichment teachers
Set and Exhibit Designers


Other Job Titles:
Artist and Related Workers

Additional Resources - Careers in Dance

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Career Launcher: Performing Arts

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources.

TU Dance Internship Coordinator: Sandra Perez

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.


The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

  • What is your training and background in dance?
  • What style of dance are you most interested in teaching? Why?
  • How do you handle difficult students? What do you do when your students are not listening or paying attention?
  • What are your strengths as a dance instructor?
  • What has been your most memorable moment in dance performance?
  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • What experience do you have with contracts in the dance industry?
  • What samples do you have to demonstrate your work?
  • What role has dance played in your culture, community, and/or family?
  • How long have you been dancing?

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

Related Towson University Student Organizations:



The Career Center
7800 York Road Building, Suite 206 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call to schedule an appointment.
Express Hours Fall and Spring Semester: Monday – Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m.
(No appointment needed for 15-minute consultation)

Phone: 410-704-2233
Fax: 410-704-3459

Department of Dance

Academic Advising

Study Abroad

Career Mentor Database

Related Student Groups

Related resources: dance performance book cover

Learn more about careers in dance by visiting the career resource library.

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