Dancer or Choreographer

Entertains by performing dances, or creates dance compositions. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.
Training time 1 - 2 years
Average pay $37,136
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 400

What does a Dancer or Choreographer do?

  • reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • creating and performing individual performance routines


  • Ballet Dancer
  • Contemporary or Modern Dancer
  • Exotic Dancer

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Dance
Certificate III in Dance
Certificate IV in Dance
Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management
Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet