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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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  -Employers by major -Dance Masters of America - American Dance Guild - American Dance Therapy Association - National service organization for professional dance - National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) - National Dance Council of America - Career Transition for Dancers - Self Employment in the Arts – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary


Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Search for jobs in the arts - Dance jobs (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group’s job search site (call x6370 for username/password) - Dance jobs – Various internships and jobs - Auditions and open casting calls - audition notices, and resources for dancers looking to combine dance with social justice - NYSADTA is a great resource for referrals between artists and licensed therapists; and resources for people interested in the dance/movement therapy field. - The actors fund is also a great resource for mental health in the entertainment field: theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. International Association for Blacks in Dance connecting with other African Americans artists in different fields, specifically managers and agents who seek diversity

Additional Resources Available at the CDC