Dancer Kaikanikani

Dancers entertain people by expressing ideas and emotions, usually to music, using body movements.

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Dancers may do some or all of the following:

  • attend dance classes to rehearse movements and learn techniques
  • exercise daily
  • research and identify what areas of their body are prone to injury, and work to prevent this
  • combine movement with musical accompaniment
  • audition for dance companies and dance roles
  • study and practise roles
  • complete tasks set by choreographers
  • perform in front of an audience or camera.

Physical Requirements

Dancers need to have:

  • excellent fitness and health
  • strong feet, ankles, legs and back
  • good co-ordination
  • a flexible body.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dancers includes:

  • physical activities such as athletics
  • dance
  • ability to play a musical instrument
  • acting or any other kind of public performance.

Personal Qualities

Dancers need to be:

  • creative
  • motivated and disciplined
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • punctual and reliable
  • adaptable
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for dancers includes:

  • physical activities such as athletics
  • dance
  • ability to play a musical instrument
  • acting or any other kind of public performance.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a dancer. However, music, dance and drama are useful.

Dancers can move into:

  • dance production
  • choreography
  • teaching dance
  • arts administration.

They may also progress to become artistic directors or set up their own dance studio.

Dancers may specialise in a particular style of dance such as:

  • ballet
  • contemporary
  • Latin
  • ballroom
  • jazz
  • tap
  • burlesque
  • kapa haka (Māori cultural dance).
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