Folk dancers - Salary and Career
Traditional and Popular Dancers

Folk dancers - 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 dancers earn

A Folk dancers 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 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 dancers

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 dancers

Traditional and Popular Dancers must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Folk dancers 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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