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Some dance programs that I'm applying to require a dance résumé in addition to my application. Is there a specific way to write a dance résumé or is it the same outline as a regular résumé?

asked by dancingqueen17

Many college dance programs will ask for a dance résumé separate from your general application. For those that have never created a dance résumé before, the task may seem daunting, but it’s not as complicated as you might think. The main thing to remember is that, no matter how creative you may be on stage, keep the extra flair to a minimum on paper. A resume has to be functional, to the point, and easy to read.

At the top should be your name, contact info and a statement of purpose for your resume. A statement of purpose is a short paragraph that describes your dancing abilities and your goals as a dancer.

Then, list all dance-related things you have done. This includes schools/studios you attended, any notable instructors you worked with, all awards won, contests in which you competed and how well you did. List this information with corresponding dates in chronological order (with most recent activity at the top). If you have experience in several different dance styles, you may also want to split your list up by category (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, etc.)

Unlike traditional résumés, a dance résumé should include your physical measurements like length, height, weight and age. Many dance programs will also require a photo (see individual college admissions pages for what is required here).

When you’re done, always have someone else proofread your work to make sure you didn’t miss any typos and that all information is clearly stated.

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