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.
The most common degree held by dancers is English Literature. 4 percent of dancers had a degree in english literature before becoming dancers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Drama graduates are the second most common among dancers, representing 3 percent of dancers in the Sokanu user base, which is 6.4 times the average.
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|
|Business Management And Administration||2.6%||4.3%||0.6×|
|Other Foreign Languages||2.0%||0.3%||6.6×|
|Anthropology And Archeology||1.6%||0.7%||2.2×|
|Marketing And Marketing Research||1.3%||1.4%||0.9×|
|Foreign Language Studies||1.3%||0.8%||1.7×|
|High school diploma||35%|
Planning and perseverance are needed to make a successful transition from high school student to working professional in dance.
Following are some of the top ranking schools for dance and drama in the UK.
Following are the top performing arts schools/colleges in the US.
Throughout the world, there are thousands of dance schools and repertoires that span a breadth of styles from ballroom to ballet. Judging from critical reviews, performance level, breadth of styles, history and famous alumnus, here is a list of the top international dance schools.