Successfully Applying as a Dancer

with Susan McDonald



    In this webinar, you will learn when and where auditions take place, how to write a resume and a cover letter, what choreographers want to see in a dance reel and how to present yourself successfully at auditions.

    The webinar was recorded in 2023 as part of the qualification programme by DIS-TANZ-START. Please note that the content may no longer be entirely up-to-date/ current.



    Before You Apply

    Ask yourself what it is that you want. Find your own clear intention, the application will be then easier for you to write.

    • What kind of job do you want? Any job just to gain experience?
    • Are you looking for a specific style? Would you feel comfortable with the movement style of the company?
    • Would you prefer a fulltime job or guest contract in a state theatre? Are you then the type of person for this form of contract?
    • Do you prefer project work/ freelance work? Are you the type of person for this form of contract?
    • Are you prepared to move cities or even countries?
    • List the pros and cons of fulltime theatre jobs versus freelance projects.


    Reading the Job Advertisement

    • What style of dancer are they looking for? Do you fit this style?
    • How long is the contract?
    • Where is the company based? Are you prepared to move there? Note: Moving can be expensive. Do you need a working visa if the job is in another country?
    • Does the job advertisement ask for anything specific, any special qualities or tricks?
    • Then ask yourself: „Do I fit this job description?”
    • What is not included in the job advertisement? (wage, accommodation, working hours or days etc.)
    • Read other job advertisements for dance artists and analyse them. What is included and what is not?


    Make a list of things you would wish to ask in an interview before you accept a position.

    Check Your CV

    Keep your CV short, ideally one page (see the handout sheet for the layout).

    • Is your CV up to date, especially your contact details, current mobile phone number, email, postal address (most contracts will be sent per post)?
    • Does your CV fit to the job vacancy (the style, experience or not)?
    • What should not be included in your CV?