Tips To Pursuing A Career In Dance

October 18th, 2020 by Elizabeth Radabaugh

Is it your dream to be a dancer? Whether you are new to the world or dancing, or a longtime member, check out some helpful tips from these professional dancers.



When auditioning, it is a commonly known fact that one needs confidence. It helps you, as a dancer, stand out in the crowd of dancers. Confidence helps those watching believe you understand what you are doing and that you were born to be on stage. Having confidence makes judges notice you, even if you may not always be the best dancer auditioning, because you make your presence known and own the room. “My eye goes to the dancers with the most confidence. Even if they might not end up being the best one, they pull your eye to them because they appear to know what they’re doing,” says Trina Simon, a former Rockette, in one DanceSpirit article.


tips to pursuing a career in danceAccepting Rejection

In addition to confidence, you must learn that some rejection is inevitable. As an artist, you must be able to handle rejection. Though rejection may be upsetting at times, over time you learn to grow and accept rejection as part of this career field. 

According to Simon, you must learn to make the best of your rejections, and make the best of each dance audition situation. It is from these experiences that you will learn and grow as a dancer. She also suggests that you should audition for as many things as you can—even those parts which may not be of interest to you. In doing so, you will increase your experience auditioning and will feel more comfortable in auditioning scenarios. This will ultimately help you in pursuing a career in dance. “The more you practice, the better you are at it, and auditioning is definitely an art.”


Making Connections

As a dancer seeking success, you must be ready and willing to develop relationships with people in the field. When you go to auditions, make friends with choreographers and directors. In the future, such relationships will be sure to help you further on in your career. Establishing such connections is also crucial to gaining access to dance jobs all across the country and all around the world. Now, go out there and pursue your dreams!


Genni Abilock is a writer for StarQuest. She loves baby carrots, SpongeBob, and playing Frank Sinatra songs on the ukulele.