A Ballet Dancer earns an average salary of $24,417 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$19,489 - $54,738
MEDIAN: $24,416

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$19,489 - $54,738  
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$19,653 - $54,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Ballet Dancer

Ballet dancers usually perform live on a stage. They are required to be familiar with a variety of genres, including classical ballet, contemporary dance, African dance, street dance, Asian dance, and many others. They must be capable of understanding and interpreting their choreographer’s work. They often have to improvise. Ballet dancers must be confident since, most of the time, they dance in front of a large audience. They must be able to work in a team environment. They must cooperate closely with their partner, choreographer, and/or other ballet dancers. Ballet dancers may be required to work as part of ensemble groups or in soloist roles.


Ballet Dancer Tasks

  • Perform in stage events including musicals, dance shows and concerts, movies, videos, commercials, or community or entertainment events.
  • May assist with choreography.
  • Express narrative and rhythm of dances through body movements.
  • Train and attend rehearsals.

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Experience Affects Ballet Dancer Salaries

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Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 25%