Transitioning from dance graduates to dance professionals is a complex process, as they may need to prepare for more than just dance skills. At present, Chinese dance students do not have a clear understanding of career planning. How best to implement this transition requires proper planning, and what preparations are required along the way is the focus of this article. This research revolves around how best to implement a dance career plan, not the career plan itself.
The narrative for this study is based on six individuals involved in the field of dance, learning from their roles and experiences about their perceptions of the impact of dance career planning and transition. The process of how they personally planned their dance trip was analyzed, as well as the factors that influenced their decision and how they achieved it. The findings suggest that the ego factor is key to the long-term transition from awakening the ego to finding the desired direction and ultimately implementing the transformation. Family factors, school curriculum factors, and teacher factors all play a role. We then identified several skills that need to be acquired during the preparation phase, as well as skills that can be used for future sustainable careers, from the perspective of advice to potential dance students. Overall, achieving a dance career is an ongoing process that requires proper planning and preparation.