Job description Dancer near Toronto (ON)

Find out what work is like for a dancer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Dancers (NOC 5134).



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.

Job duties

  • This group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Dancers
  • 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.
  • Dancers may specialize in specific types of dance such as ballet, ballroom, folk, jazz or modern.
  • 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.

Job titles

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

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