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Employment: Dancers and Choreographers




Professional dancers and choreographers held about 37,000 jobs in 2002. Many others were between engagements, so that the total number of people available for work as dancers over the course of the year was greater. Dancers and choreographers worked in a variety of industries, such as private educational services, which includes dance studios and schools, as well as colleges and universities; food services and drinking establishments; performing arts companies, which includes dance, theater, and opera companies; and amusement and recreation venues, such as casinos and theme parks. Almost one fifth of dancers and choreographers are self-employed.

New York City is home to many major dance companies; however, full-time professional dance companies operate in most major cities.