Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to improve when critiqued
  • Ability to perform with others/independently
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creative ability of expression through movement
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds
  • Coordinating or directing others
  • Disciplined and self-motivated
  • Ability to create interesting associations between ideas
  • Ability to teach others using creative methods
  • Concentration
  • Attention to Detail

CAREER TITLES

  • Artistic Director (AD)
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Ballet Mistress/Master
  • Booking Agent
  • Business Manager
  • Choreographer
  • College Professor
  • Company Dancer
  • Company Manager
  • Corps de Ballet
  • Costumer/Costume Designer 
  • Dance Therapist/Recreation Therapist
  • Demi Soloist
  • Designer: costume, lights
  • Director
  • Fundraising/Development
  • General Manager
  • Grants Specialist
  • Instructor
  • Leisure and Recreation Instructor
  • Lighting or Scenic Designer
  • Musical Director
  • Personnel Manager
  • Pilates/Body Conditioning
  • Press Agent 
  • Prima Ballerina / Premier Danseur
  • Principal Dancer
  • Private Teacher
  • Production Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Public School Teacher
  • Soloist
  • Stage Manager
  • Technician
  • Wardrobe Mistress
  • Yoga Instructor

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Arts Councils
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Dance Groups/Companies
  • Leisure Industries (i.e. cruise lines)
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Private & Publically Owned Studios
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Television Networks
  • Theatres
  • Touring Companies
  • TV/Film Studios
  • Schools

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.dma-national.org -Dance Masters of America
www.americandanceguild.org - American Dance Guild
www.adta.org - American Dance Therapy Association
www.danceusa.org - National service organization for professional dance
www.ndeo.org - National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
www.ndca.org - National Dance Council of America
www.careertransition.org - Career Transition for Dancers
www.selfemploymentinthearts.com - Self Employment in the Arts
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.artsearch.us - Search for jobs in the arts
www.dancejobs.com - Dance jobs
www.tcg.org  (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group’s job search site (call x6370 for username/password)
www.dance.net  - Dance jobs
www.entertainmentcareers.net – Various internships and jobs
www.backstage.com/casting/open-casting-calls/dance-auditions-nyc - Auditions and open casting calls

Additional Resources Available at the CDC