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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 14 Classical Ballet Dancer


This is the 14th in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the classical ballet dancer.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavour to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.

Ballet dancers work closely with choreographers and other dancers in order to portray a character, story or situation through the artistic medium of dance.

Working as a dancer involves:

  • Auditioning for a parts in a show or for a job with a dance company
  • Learning complex dance movements
  • Rehearsing each day in order to prepare for a performance
  • Working closely with instructors or other dancers to interpret or modify choreography
  • Performing in front of an audience
  • Attending promotional events, such as photography sessions, for the production in which they are appearing.

Salaries for ballet dancers

Equity is the trade union for the performing arts and they have negotiated a minimum weekly rate of £440, which most dance companies that receive Arts Council funding have adopted. Money is not usually good for ballet dancers and often they take on work outside of their performances, such as teaching others to make some more money.

Becoming a professional ballet dancer

Training normally starts very early for a career as a ballet dancer. The Council for Dance Education and Training has information of dance colleges and courses.

Another arts-related skills shortage occupation that we have covered in that of the orchestral musician.

See skills shortage occupation 15

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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