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Ballet Dancer

Career description:

A ballet dancer is a person who practices the art of classical ballet. Both females and males can practice ballet; however, dancers have a strict hierarchy and strict gender roles. They rely on years of extensive training and proper technique to become a part of professional companies. Ballet dancers are at a high risk of injury due to the demanding technique of ballet.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Actively perform as many auditions as possible to obtain a part in a show for employment in a dance company
  • Rehearse many hours every day to prepare for a performance by learning the complex dance movements that their audience would enjoy
  • Study new dances and work closely with instructors, choreographers, and other dancers in order to perfect their routines
  • Attends promotional events for the production and may have photography sessions
  • Perform on Internet, videos, television, theme parks, cruise ships, and other places like casinos
  • May transition into teaching dance classes or at a university or may pursue working as a director or choreographer

Similar occupations:

Ballerina, Ballet Company Member, Ballet Dancer, Ballet Soloist, Belly Dancer, Company Dancer, Dancer, Latin Dancer, Performing Artist, Soloist Dancer