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Dancer Education Requirements

Education and training requirements vary with the type of dancer; however, all dancers need many years of formal training. Many begin training when they are very young and continue to learn throughout their careers. Ballet dancers usually begin training the earliest, usually between the ages of five and eight for girls and a few years later for boys. Their training becomes more serious as they enter their teens, and most ballet dancers begin their professional careers by the time they are 18 years old.

Many universities offer a bachelor’s or master’s degree in dance, typically through departments of theatre or fine arts. Most focus on modern dance but also include courses in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other forms. Entrants into university dance programs typically have many years of previous formal training. Even though it is not required, many dancers choose to earn a degree in an unrelated field to prepare for a career after dance, because dance careers are usually brief. Teaching dance in a university, high school, or elementary school usually requires a degree, but may accept performance experience instead.

Education History of Dancers

The most common degree held by dancers is Drama. 3 percent of dancers had a degree in drama before becoming dancers. That is over 4 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among dancers, representing 3 percent of dancers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.7 times the average.

Dancer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Dancer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of dancers % of population Multiple
Drama 2.8% 0.7% 4.0×
English Literature 2.6% 3.5% 0.7×
Fine Arts 2.3% 1.2% 1.9×
Business Management And Administration 2.3% 4.9% 0.5×
Communications 2.1% 2.4% 0.9×
Liberal Arts 1.9% 1.2% 1.5×
Foreign Language Studies 1.6% 0.9% 1.7×
Anthropology And Archeology 1.6% 0.9% 1.8×
Other Foreign Languages 1.4% 0.4% 3.9×
Biology 1.2% 2.5% 0.5×
Business 1.2% 1.6% 0.7×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.2% 1.6% 0.7×
International Relations 1.2% 1.1% 1.1×
Political Science 1.2% 2.1% 0.5×

Dancer Education Levels

47% of dancers have a no education. 35% of dancers have a high school diploma.

No education 47%
High school diploma 35%
Associate's degree 3%
Bachelor's degree 15%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

How to Become a Dancer

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