A perfect dancers CV

Most CVs, regardless of profession, are relatively similar to each other. A dancer’s CV is no different, with a few key exceptions. Read on to find out more.

The usual stuff…

· Much like any other CV, it’s essential to include your name and contact details at the top of your CV. Your email and phone number will be sufficient.

· You will definitely be expected to include any training and qualifications you have undertaken. But the key difference here is that the employer will only really be interested in any dance and performance qualifications, you can save the rest for your LinkedIn profile.

· A skills section is a must, but again, just stick to dance and performance skills. If you have a range of both, split the section into dance and other e.g.

o Dance – tap, ballet, modern

o Other – acting, singing, ice skating

· Employment and dance experience will be one of the main areas of your CV. But, due to the nature of the work, this may take up a lot of space. Dance contracts can be seasonal, short term or long term and because of this, you may have a lot of roles to mention. To ensure you don’t go on and on, only provide the essential details. It’s not necessary to go into detail about what each role entailed. It’s likely that the employer or casting director will have a very good idea what is involved in the different type of dance roles, whether they be on a cruise ship, in the West End or for a video production company. Follow the template below for what to include and how to lay it out.

Year Role Production Location Company

2020 Dancer Swan Lake London West End Dancers

2020 Backing dancer Music video London Top Music Videos Ltd

· It would be useful to also include somewhere on your CV other pertinent details such as if you have a driving licence, have been DBS checked and whether you have any first aid certificates. These things, although not always essential, will be an obvious bonus to any employer.

Key differences

Unlike other CVs, there are a few things you need to include in a dancer’s CV that I would say never to include on most other types of CV.

· Your photo – make sure it is up to date and good quality

· Personal details – height, hair colour, eye colour, dress size and age

Never lie on your CV – if you put your dress size or other information incorrectly this could have a negative impact upon your employment. A casting director may cast you without having met you. So, they may provide an outfit for you based upon the details on your CV. If you’ve lied, it wont fit and you’ll have wasted their time and yours.

Hair colour and height are especially important if you are going to be in a line with other dancers. They don’t want 1 tall blonde dancer alongside 5 short dark-haired ones and vice versa.

Other key tips

1. Keep your dance CV to 1 page if possible. If this means condensing some of your experience, or leaving out older items, then so be it.

2. Convert to PDF so that if the employer uses their phone to view it, the formatting will remain the same.

3. Put your name in the file name, not just danceCV2 or updateddanceCV, instead JHanleydanceCV or similar.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for someone to check your CV for you or to write your CV, these are both services that I offer. Head over to the services and shop pages on my site to find out more.

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