How to Create a Dance Resume

What to include in a dance resume

When you apply for a dance role or position, it’s important to show that you have the right qualifications. Here’s what to include in your dance resume:

  • Personal information: Providing your name, phone number, and email address helps hiring managers to contact you. When auditioning for roles, you may also need to include a headshot and other personal information, such as your height, weight, and age.
  • Professional Summary: A professional summary discusses your strongest skills and achievements in the dance industry.
  • Experience: An experience section lists your career highlights or most relevant roles.
  • Training and education: While this section typically includes your dance-related education and training, you can also share any traditional degrees you’ve received.
  • Skills: A skills section discusses your core competencies as they relate to the role or part you’re pursuing.
  • Additional sections: You can also share additional sections at the end of your resume, such as ones that highlight your certifications or your most impressive dance accomplishments or awards.

How to Write a dance resume

Here’s how to write an effective dance resume:

  1. Create a list of your dance background

Before you write your resume, make a list of all your experience in the dance industry. Include your training, performances, dance-related work history, and any awards or honors you’ve received.

Make sure it’s comprehensive so you have a good idea of the specific qualifications you want to include when you write your resume. Creating a list can ensure you include the most important information as it relates to the part you want in your resume.

  1. Review the description of the part or role

Compare your list to the job description of the part or role you’re pursuing. Consider which of your qualifications align with what the company’s looking for in a candidate. Doing this can help you choose the experiences, training, and qualifications from your list that best relate to the job. For example, if you’re applying for a hip-hop dance role, showcase any hip-hop training you have or your role in a hip-hop music video.

  1. Add your personal information

Start your resume with your full name and up-to-date contact information, such as your phone number, email address, and location. Consider emphasizing your name by typing it in a bold and slightly larger font.

A dance resume may also include personal information like your height, weight, and age. Typically, you’re only required to provide this information when you audition for a dance role. For example, you don’t need to share this information when applying for a teaching job.

  1. Create a professional summary

Write two or three sentences detailing your professional experience and achievements. Consider the role you’re pursuing and mention any relevant roles or parts, your dance skills, and any industry awards you’ve received. Sharing a summary of your candidacy gives hiring managers a quick synopsis of who you are and what you can do.

  1. Detail your dance experience

In this section of your resume, list any dance companies or groups you were part of and any of your work like performances, commercials, and music videos. You can also include your previous teaching or choreography jobs. When sharing your performance experience, include the name of the show, the company, your role, and the dates.

You can also include the name of the show’s choreographer, especially if they’re well-known in the industry. If you have a large amount of performing experience, focus on your featured roles. If you’re at the start of your career, you can include all your performance experience thus far.

  1. Showcase your relevant skills

Tailor this section to the role or production where you’re applying. You can include both dance or other movement skills, as well as non-dance-specific skills, such as fluency in a language, or general soft skills like communication and teamwork.

If the production has fight scenes, for example, you can share your martial arts training. When including specific movement or dance skills, keep in mind that the casting director or potential employer may want you to demonstrate your abilities.

  1. List your dance education and training

Next, share the schools or institutions you attended, your dates of attendance, the styles of dance you learned, and any degrees or certifications you obtained. If you studied under a well-known teacher or choreographer, include their name, too.

Start with your most recent dance training or education. If you’ve attended smaller workshops or brief training sessions, only share them if they relate to the position or role you’re pursuing. For example, you can include an improvisation workshop if you’re pursuing a role that requires acting skills, though, you can omit it on a resume for a ballet production role.

  1. Highlight your industry awards or honors

In the final section of your resume, showcase your accolades to distinguish yourself from other candidates. You can include awards, medals, and impressive dance exam scores if you’re just starting your career. Keep this section brief, listing only the most relevant or notable honors.


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