Careers in Culture – Careers in Live Performing Arts

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There are many ways to enter a career in the live performing arts. The key to today’s job market is to be as multi-skilled as you can. Many performers, particularly dancers and circus performers, begin training when they are very young. However, if you're just starting to think about your live performing arts career, then you're probably wondering where to get the education and training you'll need. There are generally four different educational routes to careers in the live performing arts. No one route is better than another and you'll find successful professionals who have come from each educational area.

  • Universities offer three-to four-year programs that provide a broad education in an area of interest.
  • Colleges / Cégeps provide two to three-year programs that focus on practical skills needed in an area of interest.
  • National professional training institutions offer intense programs of varying lengths, usually for performers.
  • Studios allow performers to create their own training “programs” by mixing and matching courses from different instructors.

Search the lists that follow for examples of the combinations of education and experience that can lead to a fascinating career in the live performing arts.

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Want to learn more about educational programs and schools? Talk to:

  • People working in professional dance and theatre groups.
  • Local performing arts schools.
  • A teacher or career/guidance counsellor.
  • The professional organizations listed on this website.