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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Dance enables you to fully experience yourself and the world as it heightens your senses, sharpens your perceptions, and develops and frees your mind.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Coaching and teaching - Make critical observations and evaluations; Sensitivity to others' artistic expression; Teach others using creative methods

Organizational - Manage multiple projects simultaneous; Possess a high level of discipline and internally motivated work ethic; Flexibility and adaptability

Project management - Execute creative decisions; Creative problem solving

Analytical/critical thinking - Create interesting associations between ideas; Observe and analyze introspectively; Comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and movement; Possess unique perspectives on issues

Creativity - Possess a strong grasp of the creative process; Performance and presentation; Artistic conveyance of ideas; Abstract conceptualization; Improvisation; Knowledge of popular culture and artistic events

Communication - Strong skills in physical, oral and written expression; Adapt ideas to different audiences; Non- verbal communication; Think clearly and form arguments

Interpersonal - Working as part of a team; Comfortable with scrutiny and criticism; Feel at ease in new situations 

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Academy Management
  • Actor
  • Art Educator
  • Art Therapist
  • Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern or
    other contemporary style Dancer
  • Cheerleading Instructor
  • Choreographer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Theatre Owner
  • Corporate Finess/Trainer
  • Dance & Art Therapist
  • Dance Academy Manager
  • Dance Accreditation Administrator
  • Dance Competition Judger
  • Dance Historian
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Reviewer/Critic
  • Dance Studio Owner/Manager
  • Dance Teacher
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dancer/Performer
  • Gallery Owner/Manager
  • Kinesiologist
  • Movement Educator
  • Museum Exhibit Programmer
  • Music Entertainment Dancer
  • Musician Back Up Dancer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Performance Artist
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Recreation Leader
  • Sports/Dance Store Manager
  • Stage Performance Dancer
  • Technical Theater
  • Wellness Director
  • Yoga Instructor

Potential Industries

  • Arts Councils
  • Arts Management/Administration
  • Casinos
  • Cheer camps
  • City leagues
  • Coaching
  • Communications - all mediums
  • Competing
  • Counseling
  • Cruise ships
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Education/Teaching
  • Elementary school districts
  • Entertainment
  • Government - all levels
  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Hotels/Resorts
  • Music companies
  • National dance accrediting agencies
  • National dance competition sponsors
  • Non-profit after school programs
  • Performance/Production
  • Private counseling practices
  • Private Dance Companies/Studios
  • Recreation clubs
  • Regional or national theatre companies
  • Theatre Companies
  • Theme parks
  • Tourism
  • Wellness/Fitness

Additional Resources

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Division of Dance, School of Creative and Performing Arts
Craigie Hall CHD 100
T: 403.220.5313

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020