Career Center


Dance Majors

What are you going to do with your major?

Remember, a liberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choices and opportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problems analytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize your thoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation is thinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in a selected major.

“Everyday I count wasted in which there has been no dancing.”
— Fredrich Nietszche

The following books are available in the Career Center Resource Library (Seegers Union, lower level). The locations of these books are next to the title with the section number:

  • 100 Best Careers in Entertainment- Shelly Field ARTS
  • Careers for the Stage Struck & Other Dramatic Types – Lucia Mauro ARTS
  • The National Resource Guide for the Placement of the Artist- National Network for Artist Placement  ARTS
  • Creating a Life Worth Living- Carol Lloyd ARTS
  • Self-Promotion for the Creative Person- Lee Silber ARTS
  • Poor Dancers Almanac- White, Friedman & Levinson ARTS
  • Creating a Career in Dance- Catherine JhungARTS
  • ArtsSearch: The National Employment Bulletin for the Arts- Biweekly Periodical Current Periodicals
  • Current Jobs in Performing Arts- Monthly Periodical Current Periodicals
  • Entertainment Employment Journal- Monthly Periodical Current Periodicals
  • National Directory of Arts Internships 10TH Edition- National Network For Artist Placement Intern
  • Resume for Performing Arts Careers, 2nd edition- VGM Career Books  RES
  • Creative Careers: How to Put together a Winning Resume- Deluca & Deluca  RES
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on the Career Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.
  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a database accessible from the career library computer that provides contact information for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to help students with their career goals.
  Examples of Jobs Held by Dance Majors:
  • Teacher/ Performer (Back Porch Dance Company)
  • Program Registration Manager (NYC Dance Alliance Theater)
  • Artistic Dir. Dance Division (Impulse Theater & Dance Inc.)
  • Instructor (Harrisburg Academy of Dance)
  • Artistic Administration (Pennsylvania Ballet)
  • Dancer (VEE Corporation)

Graduate Programs:
  • Career Center:
        Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Arts and Architecture

Faculty Resources

  The Muhlenberg Theatre/Dance faculty members are excellent resources to find out more about a specific area of dance and also to explore graduate school opportunities. Other faculty can help as well; just ask your professor about his or her specialization. From there, network to find the faculty member who has done, or is doing, what you would like to pursue or have questions about.
National Associations:
Dance Related Websites:
  Includes writings, event listings, and job listings. Dance Pages Directory links you to the websites of contemporary dance artists and support groups worldwide.
  Includes dance resources for career exploration and investigation. Includes  jobs and employment resources. Site is a “door” to many other web-sites.
  The Career Center has a subscription to this site.  In order to access it, use the following information:  First name: Kellie, Last name Provost, Password: college. The site provides listings of professional opportunities, as well as information on many areas of the arts including Performing Arts.  Also has information on internships, fellowships, and conferences.
  The Pauper is a financial and career planning site for the artist community.
  Links to ballet and dance companies all over the world.

The Career Center, Muhlenberg College
2400 W. Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104-5586
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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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