Writing a personal dance resume can seem overwhelming. Here are some ways to help you get organized and create the best dancer resume highlighting your up to date career.
Points to Write Down Before You Start
- Every role you’ve performed (make note of the choreographer, name of the piece and dates).
- To be prepared for various auditions, organize your performance list in two ways:
– In chronological order (most recent first).
– Organize by style (i.e. place all your Balanchine performances together and other styles accordingly).
- Every company you’ve worked at, who the Artistic Director was and the dates you were there.
- For your training, write the year-round dance schools you’ve been a part of (this includes the school name, your Directors/Instructors, and dates)
- All the summer programs you’ve attended, along with summer choreography workshops and dates of each.
- Any awards and scholarships you’ve received.
- References – Make sure the people you place in this list are informed that you’ve included them so they are not caught off guard if companies contact them.
- Your current height and weight.
- Include Citizenship Status, if applicable.
Take what you’ve written down and structure your information accordingly. If you are organizing your dance resume in chronological order, list your dates starting with the most recent first. If you choose to organize by styles of dance, structure your dance resume to reflect the company you’re auditioning for. For example, place all of your Balanchine performances and education at the top if you happen to be auditioning for Miami City Ballet.
The purpose of your dance resume is to highlight important aspects of whom you are and why you are a great fit for a Director’s company. It’s not just a piece of paper showing everything you’ve done.
Keep reminding yourself that a true dance resume is not universal for multiple companies. You might have to write several variations of your dance resume that best fits with each company you are working towards.
Above all, keep your dance resume on a single page. If that means you need to eliminate a lot of information, that is okay. Simply focus on your strongest aspects. Usually the last five to eight years will be perfectly okay to do.