EMILY TARALLO: Miami, Florida
Length of Freelance Career 3 years
Current Dance Job Most recently in Spamalot at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and Beauty and
the Beast at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton
Side Jobs Teaching dance classes at local studios, and working in the box office at the Wick
Theatre. “They understand my life as a performer, and, thankfully, allow me to work
in the office between shows for some extra money.”
Frequency of Performance Last season, Tarallo performed in 8 shows. Contracts are typically 2 months long, and
can include 5–8 shows a week.
Percentage of Income Earned
Frequency of Dancing for Free Little to none
Favorite Studios to Take Class At U4ria, Show Stopper Studio and University Center for the Performing Arts
Resources for Local Auditions Backstage.com, plus Facebook to find out about upcoming classes and events
Rent and Roommates Tarallo lives at home, saving money. “I live with my amazing mom, my 10-year-old
brother and a 21-year-old brother, so I double as mom when necessary.”
Typical Daily Commute About 2 1/2 hours, depending on job location, via car
What Sets Miami Apart “It may be a little underestimated, but the talent pool here is incredible. You have
such diversity, and everyone here is hungry to dance.”
NICHOLAS KORKOS: San Francisco, California
Length of Freelance Career 10 years
Current Dance Job After performing with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Aszure Barton and Les Ballets Jazz
de Montréal, Korkos is now turning his focus to his own project, Red Brick Company.
Side Jobs Korkos photographs performances both locally and nationally. He also teaches
at LINES Ballet’s school, works front desk at a Pilates studio and caters. He works
between 20 and 40 hours a week, depending on his dance schedule.
Frequency of Performance Varies, but typically every other month
Percentage of Income Earned
Frequency of Dancing for Free Hardly ever. “When I do dance for free, it’s with people whose talent I believe in, and
want to help grow.”
Favorite Studios to Take Class At LINES Dance Center and ODC. Korkos recommends Sandra Chinn’s ballet classes.
Resource for Local Auditions Word of mouth. “After a while, people get to know your movement and your work
ethic, and hire you based on that.”
Rent and Roommates $800/month, with one roommate. But he cautions that $1,200 is more common for a
room in San Francisco.
Typical Daily Commute 2–3 hours, via public transportation
What Sets San Francisco Apart Untapped opportunity and a supportive community. “In San Francisco, there’s a
place for everyone.”
Building a freelance career takes guts, no matter where you’re based. Most dancers assume you need to live in major dance
hubs like New York or Los Angeles to find enough work. But as these four dancers who are thriving in unique and burgeoning
scenes prove, freelance opportunities abound. BY ALI CASTRO