As a dancer you will be using body movements, usually to the accompaniment of music, to express emotions and tell stories, inspiring and entertaining an audience.

What do dancers do?

Dancers may be working at choreographing dance sequences or giving dance performances at stage events or gatherings. They may also work in the entertainment industry creating solo or group dance sequences for cinema, music videos, TV shows and theatre. They may also be involved in teaching students in schools and colleges or training dance troupes for cultural performances.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Harmonizing body movements to the rhythm of musical accompaniment
  • Checked Developing self-understanding of physical capabilities and limitations, and choose dance styles accordingly
  • Checked Practicing for several hours to maintain flexibility and rhythm
  • Checked Performing at events, gatherings, cultural programmes, etc
  • Checked Devising and choreographing dance for self or others
  • Checked Inventing and developing new dance movements
  • Checked Attending costume fittings, photography sessions, and makeup calls associated with dance performances
  • Checked Observing developments in the field of dance to remain aware of current trends and innovations
  • Checked Performing as a part of drama and theatre shows
  • Checked Guiding dancers and other dance groups in competitions and events

How to become a Professional Dancer?

Step 1
Take any stream at +2 level

There is no need of choosing a particular stream at plus two level for doing Bachelor’s degree in dance. You can go for any stream at plus two and learn dance in parallel.

Note :Participation in Programmes

Participating in Dance competitions at school level, performing in cultural events and attending dance workshops will improve your skills and talent. Certificates of your achievements in this field may help you to get preference in admission interviews of prominent institutions.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s degree in Dance

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is BA in any of the dance form(like BA Bharatanatyam, BA Kuchipudi etc.).The duration of the course will be 3 years.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Dance

After completing BA Dance in specialisation of choice you can either go for MA or MPA (Master of performing Arts) in respective dance form. The duration of the course will be 2 years.

Step 4
Go for doctoral level studies

After pursuing Master’s you can go for M Phil or PhD if your profile (including portfolio, certificates of achievement, and performance videos) and research proposal is excellent.

Dance Colleges

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Requirements for masters in dance

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India ( MA in Bharatanatyam from Jain University, Bangalore)

  • A bachelor's degree in Bharatanatyam with 50% aggregate.
  • Jain entrance test
  • Personal Interview

Foreign (MFA in Dance and Master of Arts in Teaching Dance (Dual graduate)from New york university)

  • A bachelor’s degree which is equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • English proficiency : IELTS:7.0 TOEFL: IBT:100 PBT:600
  • Personal Interview

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required


Dancers need to be very creative to develop new dance steps and put it to practice for self performance or choreography of dance events. They are required to captivate audience by innovations in performance.

Team skills

Dancers may supposed to present group performances. So team skills and healthy collaborations are required.

Presentation skills

Dancers need to plan and set up exercises in a way that is clear, manageable, and engaging for their students. Also presentation skills are extremely important for stage performance.

Communication skills

Professional dancers will be required to guide and teach dance groups, thus they will always be interacting with many their communication should be very clear.

Observation skills

Dancers use their excellent observation skills in order to understand the signs of engagement, eagerness, boredom or frustration of their audience. When they teach dance they need to understand their students’ current level of acquisition of skills and knowledge.


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