Dance Performance & Education

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for dance.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Actors
  • 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

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Careers in Dance


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. For more information, email , dance department internship coordinator.

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.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Dance Performance Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume 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 website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Common industry related questions
  • 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.