You will not be gimped by your lack of previous equipment. Dancer is nice in a way because it can't wear any Abjuration set, Sky armor, Salvage v1 gear, etc. There's nothing like that to collect for it, just AF1, AF2 (+2), and AF3 (+2).
Take it to 99 and cap your skills/merits, then focus on collecting AF3+2 and a pair of good daggers (Aluh Jambiya and Oynos Knife are a good pair for solo). After you're semi-well-set up, get in to Dynamis (you can solo this now) and grind out some gil/AF3+2.