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Dancers

OaSIS code 53120.01

Dancers perform as soloists, with partners and with other dancers as members of dance groups and companies.

Overview

Also known as

  • Ballet dancer
  • Dancer
  • Group dancer
  • Interpretative dancer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Practise and rehearse dance routines under direction or instruction to achieve desired interpretation and presentation
  • Perform dances as soloists or as members of groups before live audiences or for film or television
  • Train and exercise to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness
  • May choreograph their own performances.

Additional information

  • Dancers may specialize in specific types of dance such as ballet, ballroom, folk, jazz or modern.

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NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Sub-major group

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5312 – Occupations in creative and performing art

Unit group

53120 – Dancers

Occupational profile

53120.01 – Dancers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
5 - Highest Level
Performing General Physical Activities
5 - Highest Level
Team Building
3 - Moderate Level
Thinking Creatively
3 - Moderate Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
1 - Less than 35 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Ballet and dance companies
  • Nightclubs and similar establishments
  • Television and film production companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Body Flexibility
5 - Highest Level
Dynamic Strength
5 - Highest Level
Explosive Strength
5 - Highest Level
Gross Body Coordination
5 - Highest Level
Gross Body Equilibrium
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Social Perceptiveness
3 - Moderate Level
Instructing
2 - Low Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
2 - Low Level
Monitoring
2 - Low Level
Negotiating
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Innovativeness
4 - Highly important