Careers in Dance: Beyond Performance to the Real World of Work

Dawn Bennett*

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For the majority of undergraduate dance students, success is the realization of a career in performance; however, given that this will be the outcome for so few graduates, should this ideal be redefned? This paper draws on fndings from a case study of Australian dance artists, which sought to determine how dance artists allocate their working time and what skills they use to sustain their careers. Results reveal the multiplicity and diversity of roles in which Australian dance artists engage, and a corresponding need to include career development, self-management and small business skills within pre-professional dance performance programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dance Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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