There are many different types of dance, including Ballroom, Country and Western, Swing, Tap, Ballet, Street, and Contemporary.
They have conventions particular to each type of dance, but they all have one thing in common: they all express stories and themes through the movement of the body.
Where does a professional dancer dance?
There are many situations where professional dancers are hired to dance, including:
- Music videos
- Musical theatre
As with other types of performance arts, there can be some discrimination in the types of bodies they’ll accept, such as ballet preferring smaller body types, but some styles of dance are less strict than others.
Other places to dance
On stage isn’t the only place you can get work as a dancer, with many related professions available, such as teaching dance, teaching fitness classes, and choreography.
Training to be a dancer
Most dancers start learning to dance at a young age, so unless you are incredibly naturally good at dancing, you’re unlikely to make a career out of dancing if you start later in life.
If you have a natural talent for dance, you still need to practise and get better.
There are plenty of college and university courses where you can learn and gain qualifications, which will make you look more credible when trying to become a professional freelance dancer. You’ll usually need to audition before being accepted.
Below are some places you can check out for more information:
- Dance UK: an organisation representing dancers
- UK Performing Arts: a database of performing arts courses and academies
- Royal Academy of Dance: a global leader among dance education organisations
What skills and qualities does a professional dancer need?
If you’re already a talented dancer, many of the requirements to becoming a professional freelance dancer will come naturally.
To be a professional dancer, you’ll be required to:
- Have good co-ordination, balance, and flexibility
- Be fitter and stronger than the average person
- at healthily to help keep your body in a good condition
- Be able to take criticism well: like all art forms, you’ll need to accept criticism, and use it to improve
- Have an excellent sense of rhythm and memory
- Have plenty of patience and stamina as you rehearse
- Be willing to work long hours, including weekends, so you can rehearse
Accounting as a freelance professional dancer
There are various benefits to freelancing as a professional dancer, from the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of businesses and individuals to more take-home pay.
But there is one downside – accounting.
As a full-time employee, your tax is usually taken care of on your behalf in the form of PAYE.
As a freelancer you’ll have to keep a range of financial records and then prepare and pay a Self-Assessment tax return at the end of each business year.
Accountancy can be very confusing and can distract you from dancing.
Getting tax and accountancy advice
With most accountants, you’ll pay them to do your year-end accounts, and then they’ll forget about you until the next year.
But for your business to be run smoothly and successfully, you’ll need advice on tax and accountancy throughout the year, especially in the early days.
Pearl Accountants is different
Pearl Accountants provides an affordable and specialist accountancy service designed just for freelancers.
Throughout the year we’ll be on hand to give you any tax and accountancy advice you might need, including things like:
- Take-home pay
- Which VAT scheme to register for
- Tax allowances
- Choosing between sole trader and limited company
- Running your business in a tax-efficient way
We charge for our accountancy services in a clear and simple way, which means you’ll never receive an unexpected bill, and you can get in touch for advice whenever you want without the worry of being charged a fortune like you would with many other accountants.
Get in touch for more information and advice
For more information and a free consultation call us now on 020 8582 0076