Careers - Dance Choreographer Profile & Job
industry today is one of the most popular and fast growing. There
is no dearth of opportunities in the field of dance and the profile
of a Dance Choreographer is perhaps the most dynamic. Individuals
who love to dance, are creative, flexible & trained in different dance forms, experienced
in the field of dancing and inclined towards guiding & training
others usually opt for a career as a dance choreographer. However,
it usually takes many years of experience as a dancer to finally
become a professional choreographer and take on its challenging
Career / Job Profile of Choreographers:
Choreographers are those talented, trained & experienced
dancers who take on the task of designing, arranging and
coordinating different dance sequences based on a song,
drama and the likes. Choreographers may be in charge of just
a solo dance, a couple dance or a large dance sequence with
a huge team of dancers. They are the actual face behind the
entire act. Whatever the theme may be, it is the job of the
choreographer to come up with interesting and apt dance
moves. Next, the choreographer must take auditions and
select the most talented team of dancers who will then
present the entire act in front of the audiences - either on
stage / theatre, in concert halls, outdoor events, in movies
& music videos.
Skills Needed for Becoming a Successful Choreographer:
- Strong dancing skills &
strong sense of esthetics, mood, rhythm and beats.
- Relevant training and knowledge
of different dance forms such as Indian classical, bollywood,
jazz, salsa, ballet, free style, hip hop, etc.
- Knowledge of music, drama,
theatre, and other art forms helps.
- Stage presence and creativity,
patience, commitment and goal oriented.
- Ability to lead and train a
group of dancers and work effectively in a team.
- Excellent Stamina and loads
of energy / enthusiasm.
- Good communication skills.
- Well informed about the
latest trends in the dance industry.
- Ability to think
out-of-the-box & learn new dance styles quickly.
Opportunities for Choreographers
Choreographers can find employment with
production houses (film / music video), theatre groups,
dance schools, musicals, street performances to raise
awareness on social issues, film / music video productions,
Upcoming choreographers can also join as
assistants to professional and established choreographers.
After gaining the right exposure and
experience, choreographers can setup their own dance
companies and offer training to students and those
individuals who are interested in learning dance.
A number of TV Channels today run dance
shows for kids and adults. This opens up employment
opportunities for choreographers as well.
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
India Choreographers http://indiachoreographers.in/
National Dance Association http://www.aahperd.org/nda/
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