The Ugly Side to Being a Dancer

By | November 29, 2017

If you want to be a dancer you’ll find that it’s a very appealing career. It has a couple of things about it you should know though. This isn’t meant to put you off but so that it doesn’t come as a surprise when these things come around.

Ballet is like marmite. You either hate it or love it. If you go to a dance college to train to be a dancer you’ll probably have to do ballet. And most likely every day you’re there. If you love it that’s great, a dream come true. But if you hate it, well you’ll just have to deal with it because it’s going to help your career!

You won’t have a 9-5 job. I don’t think most dancers want a 9 to 5 job but I thought I’d like to be the one to break it to you. You may have regular hours if you’re on a contracted job, 9 – 5 isn’t common though.

You’ll have some very short days of only a few short hours, and also full days and by full I mean from dusk till dawn! So some days you’ll be waking up to be on set at a time when most the world hasn’t woken up yet. Other days you can have as long a lie-in as you want.

You’ll have to prove yourself your whole career. You’ll have to attend dance auditions and castings for any jobs that you’re interested in. In the case of auditions you’ll probably have to dance and prove your ability and that you’re right for whatever the job is.

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