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Professional dancers tell stories or express emotions using rhythm and movement. They perform as part of a group, or sometimes solo, and usually specialise in one style of dance. They may dance in front of a live audience or in recorded performances.

The Work

Professional dancers work in a variety of styles which include:

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary considerably depending on:

Equity (the performers' union) negotiates minimum wage rates for ballet and dance artists annually. You will find rates on the Equity website. They can vary depending on whether the work is for a rehearsal or performance, the style of dance and the medium (for example theatre or television).

UK Theatre website currently publishes recommended rates for Ballet dancers at a minimum of £450 per week. (UKTheatre/SOLT/Equity – Ballet Agreement Rates effective from 3 October 2022.)

Teachers of dance can charge freelance rates of between £15.00 to £30.00 per hour or between £80 to £160 a day.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
383
9.9 %
RISE
2029
421
  United Kingdom
2024
2811
5.9 %
RISE
2029
2977

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should also be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

YDance enable young people from across Scotland to access high-quality dance opportunities regardless of circumstances. Visit the YDance website for more information.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Ballet Organisation (BBO)
Tel: 020 8748 1241
E-mail: info@bbo.dance
Website: http://www.bbo.dance
Twitter: @bbodance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbodance/

British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA)
Tel: 0116 397 0866
E-mail: info@btda.org.uk
Website: http://www.btda.org.uk
Twitter: @BTDAdance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/British-Theatre-Dance-Association-1501833233450091/

Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)
Tel: 020 7240 5703
E-mail: info@cdmt.org.uk
Website: http://www.cdmt.org.uk/
Twitter: @CDMTorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CDMTuk/

Equity
Tel: 020 7379 6000
E-mail: info@equity.org.uk
Website: http://www.equity.org.uk/
Twitter: @EquityUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquityUK

Membership of Equity is open not just those in the acting profession but to anyone working professionally in the field of entertainment.

One Dance UK
Tel: 020 7713 0730
E-mail: info@onedanceuk.org
Website: http://www.onedanceuk.org
Twitter: @onedanceuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onedanceuk

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
Tel: 020 7326 8000
E-mail: info@rad.org.uk
Website: http://www.rad.org.uk/
Twitter: @RADheadquarters
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAcademyofDance

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance)
Tel: 0141 552 7712
E-mail: info@ydance.org
Website: http://www.ydance.org
Twitter: @YDanceScotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YDanceScotland

YDance is the National Youth Dance Agency for Scotland.

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