National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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53120 - Dancers

Dancers are employed by ballet and dance companies, television and film productions and nightclubs and similar establishments. This unit group also includes dance teachers who are usually employed by dance academies and dance schools.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • ballet dancer
    • ballet teacher
    • ballroom dancing teacher
    • dance instructor
    • dancer
    • folkloric dancer
    • interpretative dancer
    • tap dancer

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • performance movement teacher
  • Exclusion(s)

    • Choreographer (See 51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations)
    • Other performers (See 55109 Other performers)
  • Main duties

    This group performs some or all of the following duties:


    • Practise and rehearse dance routines under direction or instruction to achieve desired interpretation and presentation
    • Perform dances as soloists or as members of groups before live audiences or for film or television
    • Train and exercise 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.

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

  • Employment requirements

    • A university degree or college diploma in dance
      Graduation from a private dance school or academy may be required.
    • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
    • Dance teachers usually require experience as dancers.
    • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.
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