How to Start Your Professional Dance Career

How to Start Your Professional Dance Career

Dancing is such an incredibly fun activity that really allows the body to move in ways that it tells a story. Taking that love of dance and turning it into a professional dance career is something that many think about yet don’t know where to start on the journey. Through hard work, if you have a passion for dance and want to take it further, then here are some tips from TPAC on how to start.


Before taking that step into turning your love of dance into a profession, ask yourself if this is something that will really satisfy you. There will be a lot of hard work involved, and there is no room for laziness. However, if you have a real determination and big dreams that you’re not afraid to follow, then that’s the perfect start.


Dancing is not just about learning the latest dance moves. It’s about body movement and kinesthetics. While a diploma and formal education aren’t always necessary, it certainly helps and will give dancers a much better understanding, and therefore advantage, when it comes to their careers. Proper training, such as that at TPAC with the Song and Dance Performance diploma, will help you learn about movement control, different dance style techniques and even further support with career planning.

Your learning should go far beyond a dance studio or classroom. You should always be looking at discovering more. The performing arts industry has many different styles and what the trends are changing all the time. It is imperative that you always stay on top of it. It is also a good idea to get a mentor and learn from them.

Don’t Limit Yourself

It’s easy to dedicate yourself to one style you love and giving it your all, but if you limit yourself, then you limit the number of auditions you can go for. It is okay to specialise in a specific style, but if you are able to tap into other types too, then your employability goes up. You may find yourself going into auditions where choreographers want to see several styles of dance. As previously mentioned, good training programs will go over different styles and help you understand what it is that casting directors want to see in auditions. TPAC’s Advanced Diploma of Commercial Song and Dance does just that.

Market Yourself

It is important to know that like with any career choice; success does not come to those who wait – you must go to it. Those who want a career in professional dance will need to do everything they can to market themselves and get themselves known. Start with having a CV and a headshot readily available. Network as much as possible and talk to everyone about your ambitions. Use social media to your advantage and create a page with your best work on display. You never know who might come across it!

It will take a lot of hard work to become a professional dancer, but using the tips outlined, along with a great attitude, it can be achieved, and all that hard work will turn into a profession that you love showing up to every day.

TPAC offers Australia’s first and only Advanced Diploma of Commercial Song and Dance Performance. This course is unique as it combines two performing arts courses into one, with industry-experienced tutors helping students develop skills in both singing and dancing. Students of Song and Dance Performance also get the opportunity to work alongside film production and acting students for real-world industry preparation. The support doesn’t end at graduation either; TPAC offers post-graduation advice to offer students career guidance. Students from TPAC’s Song and Dance Performance have gone on to be very successful in the performing arts industry.

Apply now for the next term or contact us to discuss how TPAC can help prepare you for a rewarding career in professional dance.

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