JMU Dance Program graduates are able to pursue a variety of opportunities in the arts and in education. Some graduates find teaching positions in private studios, recreation centers and arts organizations. Other graduates pursue professional performing careers, technical aspects of dance production, or go on to graduate school. Recent Dance Program graduates are working in dance companies, have organized their own performing ensembles and are directing private studios. They are also involved in stage management, arts administration, physical therapy and dance therapy.

Contemporary Dance Ensemble

The following is a short list of possible careers that might be pursued by a student graduating with a degree in Dance from James Madison University:

PERFORMING ARTIST

  • Professional Modern and Jazz Dance Companies
  • Small Regional Ballet Companies
  • Independent Choreographers/Individual Performers
  • Young Audience/Artist in Education Companies
  • Entertainment Companies (Amusement Parks/Cruise Ships/Reviews)

TEACHING

  • University positions
  • Community Colleges
  • Magnet/Performing Arts High Schools
  • Private and Public High Schools
  • Community Recreation Programs
  • Inner-city Programs
  • Studios (As owner or employee)
  • Fitness Centers (Dance and Exercise Trainers)
  • Senior Citizen Centers
  • Professional Company Studios
  • Special Workshop and Arts in Education

HEALTH INDUSTRIES

  • Dance Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Dance for Special Populations (Seniors, Handicap, Emotional/Physically challenged, Children, Teens at Risk, etc.)
  • Specialized Areas (Alexander Tech., Feldenkrais, Bartenieff, Yoga, etc.)

DANCE AND ARTS ADMINISTRATION

  • Company Business Manager
  • Publicist/Fund-raiser
  • Special Project Coordinator (Arts in Education, City and County programs)
  • Community Theatre or Arts Center Manager
  • Booking Manager for Organizations
  • Arts Festival Director/Arts Funding Advisor for a corporation

TECHNICAL THEATRE

  • Stage Manager for Dance and Theatre
  • Production Assistant
  • Designer (Lighting, Costume, Scenery, Sound)
  • House Manager
  • Festival Technical Coordinator

SMALL BUSINESS/INDEPENDENT WORK

  • Own and operate a Dance Studio
  • Professional Performing Artist, Teacher and Choreographer
  • Free Lance Designer
  • Dance Critic/Reviewer
  • Dance Historian/Author
  • Dance Photographer
  • Dance Videographer

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