"The vast majority of dancers cannot make a living off of dancing alone as a performer," says John Munger, director of research and information for Dance/USA, an American dance service organization. "I believe less than 3,000 actually do in the entire nation."
So why do all my friends make huge sacrifices to get develop their daughters' dancing skills? I'm not talking about dance class once a week. (I'm in favor of that--it's good exercise.) I'm talking about 4 hours of class a day. Putting dance ahead of homework.
I wonder if they know the expected payoff? I think not.