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The dance field is highly competitive. The most talented dancers will find jobs. Some of the fastest employment growth will be for dancers performing in shows at parks, bars and other entertainment venues. Additional employment opportunities for dance teachers will increase as dance for recreation and exercise becomes more popular.
Primary employers of dancers include dance and theater companies, bars, dance studios and schools. Many of the dance positions are available in larger cities. Approximately 17 percent of dancers are self-employed.
Wages can vary by the type of dance, the dancer’s experience and the area of the country. Dancers going on tour may receive additional dollars for lodging and food. Some areas of the United States are unionized. Dancers employed under a union contract usually receive paid sick leave, vacations and health insurance. In most non-union positions, insurance is not provided.