Dancers and choreographers held about 20,100 jobs in 2014.
About half of dancers and choreographers worked in schools and performing arts companies in 2014. About 1 in 7 were self-employed.
Injuries and Illnesses
Dance takes a toll on a person's body, so on-the-job injuries for dancers are common. Many dancers stop performing by the time they reach their late thirties because of the physical demands of their work. Nonperforming dancers may continue to work as choreographers, directors, or dance teachers.
Schedules for dancers and choreographers vary, depending on where they work. During tours, dancers and choreographers have long workdays, rehearsing most of the day and performing at night. Some work part time at casinos, on cruise ships, and at theme parks.
Choreographers who work in dance schools may have a standard workweek when they are instructing students. They also spend hours working independently to create new dance routines.