Dancers (NOC 5134)

About this job

This group includes dancers and dance teachers.

Dancers work for:

  • ballet and dance companies
  • television and film productions
  • night clubs and similar establishments

Dance teachers work for:

  • dance academies
  • dance schools
Common job titles
  • dance notator
  • dancer, ballet / modern / jazz / tap
  • dancer, chorus
  • dancer, soloist
  • teacher / instructor, dance
  • teacher, performance movement



  • practise and rehearse dance routines under direction or instruction to create desired interpretation and presentation
  • perform dances as soloists or as members of groups before live audiences or for film or television
  • train to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness
  • may choreograph their own performances

Dance teachers:

  • teach dance technique and artistic interpretation to amateur and professional individuals and groups
  • teach the techniques, cultural origins and symbolic meanings of aboriginal, ethnic and folkloric dances
  • teach recreational dancing lessons such as ballroom dancing
  • prepare dance students for specific auditions and performances

Special duties

Dancers may specialize in specific types of dance such as ballet, ballroom, folk, jazz or modern.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor studio or dance classroom setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.