Jess Cranney

Want to have a job involving dance but don’t feel like running a studio or teaching? Sometimes when we think of a job involving dance our heads immediately go to being a professional dancer or choreographer, but dance jobs are as diverse as dancers! There are plenty of great options out there for you. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Write for a Dance Magazine

Do words move you as much as choreography? A career in writing is perfect for you if you enjoy writing of any sort. There are plenty of amazing dance magazines out there where you could write and share your dance knowledge and experiences. Dance writers can create content about competition results, interview different dancers, and dance tips. You also may like this job if you enjoy having more of a self-directed schedule. 

Dance Photography

If you enjoy something more digitally creative and want to expand your skills, this could be a good career option. Behind-the-camera experience is a must for this job, so start planning if you want to pursue classes or start building skills and a portfolio on your own. This could involve dance company photoshoots, taking pictures at competitions, and solo shoots. There are many different possibilities with this job route. 

Design Dance Costumes

If you are into designing clothes or fashion, why not bring your looks to life on stage? You could work for a smaller brand and help actually make costumes or help come up with design ideas for bigger companies. Either way, a job in design is the perfect way to turn your love of outfits, colors, and rhinestones into a career.

Become a Makeup Artist or Stylist for a Dance Brand

Being a makeup artist is great if you like to do some fun looks and have some experience doing heavy makeup. If you’re more into the fashion of dance, being a stylist is the place to be if you want to be on set with dancers choosing what they wear for their photoshoots. 

Start Your Own Small Business

Maybe you are interested in being more independent. If that is the case, starting your own business in the dance world might be your calling! Pick an area that suits you best such as costuming, studio decor, merch, or dancer accessories. Once you know what you love to do, the sky is the limit!

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.