Dance Resume Examples in 2023

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Downloadable Resume Examples

2-3 Years
Dance_Example-2.pdf

Example #1 2-3 Years

5-10 Years
Dance_Example-3.pdf

Example #2 5-10 Years

10+ Years
Dance_Example-4.pdf

Example #3 10+ Years

Dance Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

ELOISE DAUGHERTY

COMMERCIAL DANCER

Energetic commercial dancer with a well-known repertoire, including TV’s Glee and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Spent one year working for Disney Cruiseline as a dancer and tumbling specialist and was asked to help train other dancers after only two months. Excellent clogger and a strong tap dancer.

TELEVISION

STAGE/LIVE PERFORMANCE

MUSIC VIDEOS

INDUSTRIALS

TRAINING

  • StarMarkers Dance and Tumbling Company, 2005-2017
  • Broadway Dance Center’s Pro Dance Team Prep Series, 2016, 2017

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • Clogging
  • Tap

JAYDA O’BRIEN

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SOLOIST

San Francisco Ballet Company soloist and a winner at the 2014 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Trained with Patrick Armand in the San Francisco Ballet Trainee program and under Ballet Master Vladimir Djouloukhadze at the Kirov Academy of Ballet for over 10 years. Performed in every San Francisco Ballet Company production since 2014.

STAGE/LIVE PERFORMANCE

San Francisco Ballet School

  • Named an apprentice in 2014
  • Joined company as a corps de ballet member in 2015
  • Promoted to soloist in 2019
  • Soloist and featured roles in:
    • Apollo – Polyhymnia
    • Bach Partita – Featured Role
    • La Bayadère – Gamzatti; First Shade
    • The Brahms-Haydn Variations – Leading Role
    • Cinderella (Ashton) – Fairy Spring
    • The Nutcracker (Ratmansky)
    • On the Dnieper – Olga’s Mother
    • Swan Lake (McKenzie) – Queen Mother

TRAINING

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship winner at Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, 2014

SCARLETT SANCHEZ

BROADWAY DANCER/SAG/AFTRA

Extraordinary Broadway dancer with over 10 years of experience and an undeniable knack for vocal performance, according to vocal coach Liz Caplan. Appeared in four long-running Broadway musicals. Served as Drew McOnie’s Dance Captain in Broadway’s recent rendition of King Kong and performed the understudy role of Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a total of 22 times.

FILM

MUSIC THEATRE

Broadway

Music Theater Works-Chicago

TRAINING

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance 

SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY Winchester, VA, 2003-2007

  • Westchester Dance Academy Competitive Troupe, 1996-2003
  • Private Vocal Coach: Liz Caplan
  • Master Classes with Alice Ripley, Sierra Boggess

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Dance Resumes

Although your resume won’t typically be processed by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), it’s still important to feature relevant skill sets and dance styles on your resume. If a casting director is seeking a dancer who excels in both modern and jazz styles, you’ll want them to see your expertise in those categories reflected in your document. You can also opt to feature some of these skills directly in your professional profile to maximize their visibility. Below, you’ll find a list of keywords and skill sets that you may encounter over the course of your job search:

Tips for Writing a Better Dance Resume

Highlight Your Most Compelling Performances

Unlike a typical resume, dancers typically won’t need to include bullet points on their documents. Casting directors are primarily interested in the types of roles you’ve played and the size of the productions you’ve been involved with previously. In the example below, the candidate draws attention to key performances on stage and in major television productions, which will be sure to grab the interest of production companies during the job search:

TELEVISION

STAGE/LIVE PERFORMANCE

MUSIC VIDEOS

Feature Your Dance Awards and Recognitions in Your Professional Profile

You have a limited window to grab the attention of casting directors during the application process. To generate auditions, you need to make a strong first impression on the reader. One way to accomplish this is by drawing attention to awards you’ve garnered or high-profile dancers that you’ve trained with in the past. Adding these types of details can go a long way in differentiating you from the competition and helping you obtain auditions during the job search:

San Francisco Ballet Company soloist and a winner at the 2014 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Trained with Patrick Armand in the San Francisco Ballet Trainee program and under Ballet Master Vladimir Djouloukhadze at the Kirov Academy of Ballet for over 10 years. Performed in every San Francisco Ballet Company production since 2014.

How to Align Your Resume with the Job Description

You may have the skills of a world-class dancer, but you still need a well-organized resume to land the performance roles available to you. After all, you’re entering one of the most competitive fields out there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for professional dancers are expected to grow by 24% over the next decade. Even with the growth, that only translates to another 1,500 positions added to the industry’s current 6,200 jobs. That makes crafting an impressive resume all the more important.

As a professional dancer, your job is to impress the casting director at the audition and provide a resume that closes the deal. One way to convince the casting director that you check all the boxes is to carefully incorporate all the details explained in the casting call on your resume. That will grab the attention of casting directors pre-audition and help keep you at the front of their minds once you’ve left the stage.