To become a professional dancer it takes much more than good technique, artistry and facility. It also takes an entrepreneurial spirit. You have to be persistent, even when faced with disappointment. You have to learn how to save money because you aren’t guaranteed a job, and even when you have one a contract renewal isn’t always promised. You also have to be willing to take jobs outside of your intended career path to make ends meet while you aren’t dancing professionally. In addition dancers have to be great networkers, I personally feel that my weakest skill is networking. Taking class at the right time and the right place makes a huge difference in who you are exposed to but also being willing and able to talk to directors and organizers can be the difference between a contract an another refusal.