Folk dancer - Salary and Career
Traditional and Popular Dancers

Folk dancer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

Traditional and popular dancers dance, alone, in pairs or in groups with ritualistic, performance and spectacular purposes, research and study, reinterpret traditional and popular dances, create shows, teach classes and insert their cultural heritage in different contexts (social, pedagogical and therapeutics).

How much does an Folk dancer earn

A Folk dancer earns between $837 and $3.298 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.718 and a median salary of $1.525 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 59 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Folk dancer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.718 20.619 430 10
1º Quartile 837 10.039 209 5
Median Salary 1.525 18.300 381 9
3º Quartile 2.515 30.181 629 15
Higher Salary 3.298 39.574 824 19


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • popular arts artists and models
        • traditional and popular dancers

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Main workplaces

Traditional and Popular Dancers professionals dance in public places, at popular parties, parties, religious rituals and presentations, as well as in salons, theaters, TV studios, etc., In general, in groups, wearing appropriate clothing, vestments and objects for the performance or dance. They are, almost entirely, autonomous, and their work schedule tends to be irregular, as it is linked to that of parties, revelries, rituals and presentations. Therefore, professionals usually perform another occupation simultaneously. In addition to working in recreational and cultural activities, they can apply knowledge and performances of popular and traditional dance in teaching, in social programs aimed at adolescents and children and in various therapeutic works.


What does it take to work in the field of Traditional and Popular Dancers

Family occupations are, in general, learned in practice, with traditional communities and groups that perform popular and traditional dances, often from a very early age, through participation in festivities, rituals and presentations. Learning usually also takes place in a traditional way, that is, via direct transmission from the master to the disciple, as has been done for generations. Particularly in the case of popular dances, learning usually takes place through informal courses, of varying duration, generally given by dancers renowned in their technique or tradition.


Functions and activities of Folk dancer

Traditional and Popular Dancers must:

  • interpreting traditional and popular dances respecting traditions;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • giving traditional and popular dance classes;
  • insert the cultural collection of traditional and popular dance in different contexts;
  • rehearse traditional and folk dance;
  • rehearse traditional and popular dance;
  • research traditional and popular dances;
  • give traditional and popular dance classes;
  • manage dance-related activities;
  • studying traditional and popular dances;
  • performing traditional and popular dances respecting traditions;
  • rehearsing traditional and popular dance;
  • inserting the cultural collection of traditional and popular dance in different contexts;
  • interpret traditional and popular dances respecting traditions;
  • search traditional and popular dances;
  • create shows;
  • teaching traditional and popular dance classes;

  • Activities

    • coordinate movements and body expression;
    • studying dance movements;
    • raise communities about the value of their traditions;
    • know the fundamentals and origin of dance (historical, social and religious);
    • studying dance steps;
    • applying dance to cultural action;
    • manage artistic production;
    • prepare the body through stretching, warming up and other specific techniques;
    • work steps, gestures and movements;
    • evaluate the difficulty level of steps, movements and gestures;
    • developing pedagogical proposals for traditional and popular dance;
    • applying dance to social and business projects and institutional;
    • demonstrate awareness of the dancer's responsibility towards cultural traditions;
    • prepare the body through loas, greetings, litanies and chants;
    • publicize the event;
    • work the danced songs (dancing, singing and mixing);
    • interpreting traditional dances;
    • directing rehearsals (rehearsing dancer);
    • studying traditional and popular music;
    • introducing the masters of traditions;
    • teaching classes to professionalize dancers and teachers;
    • develop scenic objects;
    • using dance elements (props, objects, instruments, etc);
    • conduct workshops;
    • performing dramatic dances;
    • consult cultural incentive laws;
    • try new moves;
    • studying gestures in dance;
    • participate in the definition of cultural policies and actions through dance;
    • participate in workshops and professional updating courses;
    • work the scenic time;
    • interpret choreography;
    • research movements for new rhythms;
    • use proper dance costumes;
    • experiencing dance;
    • funds;
    • create choreographies from traditional language;
    • explore movement possibilities with objects;
    • studying popular and traditional costumes;
    • merge dance with other languages (artistic and technological);
    • work the ritual time;
    • develop skills to work with groups;
    • participate in debates, forums, congresses related to dance;
    • improve the choreography;
    • dancing representing stories;
    • perform the dance according to traditional rhythms;
    • adapting the dance to new rhythms;
    • using suitable musical instruments suitable for dance;
    • search communities, festivals and specific dance environments;
    • reinterpreting traditional and popular dances;
    • adapting methods to different age groups;
    • transmitting stories about traditional and popular dance;
    • master steps, gestures and movements;
    • manage executive production;
    • prepare the body to dance by drumming;
    • create screenplays;
    • develop auditory and rhythmic acuity;
    • work on the danced songs (dancing, singing and mixing);
    • search costumes;
    • delivering courses to professionals from other areas (educators, therapists);
    • transmitting historical knowledge about traditional and popular dance;
    • participate in professional updating workshops and courses;
    • coordinating movements and body expression;
    • direct your own performance or that of the dance group;
    • delivering courses for professionals from other areas (educators, therapists);
    • prepare the body through the heat of the fire;
    • assign roles to different team members;
    • interpreting ritual dances;
    • respect hierarchies in accordance with traditions and knowledge;
    • applying dance to pedagogical contexts;
    • adapt experience to the dance to be performed;
    • participate in public policy debates related to dance;
    • interpreting dances with scenic purposes;
    • work as a team;
    • develop soundtracks;
    • studying steps in dance;
    • applying dance to therapeutic contexts;
    • identifying the rhythmic plurality of traditional and popular dance;
    • design costumes;
    • search steps, gestures and movements;
    • develop scenarios;


    Sectors that hire Folk dancer the most in the job market

    • hotels
    • restaurants and similar
    • welfare services without accommodation
    • dance teaching
    • performing arts, shows and complementary activities
    • other teaching activities
    • education of arts and culture not previously specified




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