Can you make a living as a dancer?

by Jasmine


I love dancing so much, it is my life. I'd love to do it all my life as a full time dancer. I'd love to go to dance college and hopefully become professional and get into a dance company for contemporary dancing. Just wondering, can you make a living with it? As well as dance I love fashion so I need money haha… would you need a part time job? Thanks

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Mar 29, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Jasmine,

The answer to your question depends on several things. I believe that the city you live in has a lot of influence in the possibilities of making a living out of dancing.

Is contemporary dance socially appreciated there? Are there a good amount of dance companies? How much do normal citizens attend the contemporary dance performances? Does your government support contemporary dance with enough funding?

If there's a good environment for contemporary dance where you live, you might have the chance to make a living out of dancing. However, dancers do indeed have part time jobs. I wrote an answer to Jane from Sydney that fits your question really well. Please follow the reading at her thread, which you will find through the following link:

Can you survive working as dancer?

If you have ambitious expectations about your future life, want to have several kids, a house, a car and travel around the world from time to time, you will need to be a super star of a profit-making type of dance to get the money just by dancing. Also, remember that many dancers feel tired between their thirties and forties (no matter how passionate they always were about dance), so having an alternative job is important. Yet, it can be a related job (I wrote about that in the thread recommended above).

As you live in the U.K., I believe you might indeed have the chance to make a living out of the different possibilities offered by dance. But you might need to build your own working environment and adjust your career to the circumstances.

Warm regards,


Feb 24, 2015
by: Amy

Making a living with dance may depend on how serious you are about dancing. In my opinion, if you have a passion for dancing, you will be able to outperform others to be a topper in the field. This is the case with all the careers.

Jun 05, 2015
by: Anonymous

You can defetly make a great living out of dancing. One example is Tremaine dance conventions. It is one of many dance conventions to work at. It is a place were you can teach workshops in big rooms filled with over 100 people. And yes, it pays really well. Somewhere around $300,000. And everyone is so nice there. Tremaine is not by far the only place like this. Just one of many. So you can defenetly make a living out of dancing.

Jan 18, 2017
by: Anonymous

i love dance. i recently stooped dancing because i had no support to persue it. but i cant imagine leaving it. so after my studies i want to continue it. and i live in india. it may take two years atleast from now to be without dancing. i am confused and depressed. i feel am useless without dancing. i tried learning from internet. but now i am finding difficult to even make a choice of which kind of dance i want and how can i confidently make it as my profession. will it earn me? will i be satisfied? i dont want to become a local class teacher. i want to explore more and be a performer. so what do i do.?

Jan 19, 2017
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Hi there,

I understand you are in a difficult situation. Each person’s life is different and I don’t know how your circumstances are, but if you don’t see a good future for you in your city, you may think of moving to Europe, Australia or North America.
Those are regions in which there are in general more facilities for artists and students. You can try our directories (dance schools and scholarships) to find options:

Contemporary Dance Schools

Dance scholarships

Warm regards.

Apr 20, 2017
How can i improve as a dancer?

I was confused about how i can become a great dance performer and how i can make a living from it,i need a kind of orientation about steps to take inorder to bring out something great as a dancer.

Apr 21, 2017
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Jhorsh,

To become an outstanding professional of dance, you need to study, practice and work constantly. The results will come in time.

Don’t let dance kill you, but give your life to it.
There’s more advice in my first reply at this chat and at the recommended link there. Take your time to read it.

Warm regards.

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