Performing or choreographing are two of the many paths available for those interested in a career in dance. Princeton alumni also work in arts administration, managing the operations, finances and marketing for dance organizations. They may also oversee other dancers or performers and run fundraising campaigns.

Performing artists acquire transferable skills applicable to any field. Dancers tend to be detail-oriented and disciplined, and develop strong skills in communication and teamwork as a result of their training. Learn more about this field in the Vault Guide to Dance Jobs

Gaining experience

In addition to related coursework, pursuing internships, volunteer opportunities and participating in or teaching dance classes will help you build experience. Seeking out alumni who work in an industry of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice.

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Examples of job titles and roles
  • Dancer in a ballet company, opera house or musical theater company
  • Dance teacher
  • Choreographer
  • Grant writing or development for arts organization
  • Arts facilities operations
  • Event planner
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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