Choreographers create and arrange the dancing and movement in musical productions. This may be in the theatre, film or on television.
They discuss with producers, artistic directors and costume designers the requirements of the performance and often assist in choosing specific dancers for certain roles and teaching the steps to the performers.
They have to plan each movement of the dancers, and ensure that the dancers are well rehearsed. They may have to use a form of dance notation to record the movements that they want.
Choreographers may be involved with any or all of the various styles of dancing. These include classical or contemporary ballet, modern dance, disability dance, musical productions, ballroom dancing, social dance, and non-western dance.
Hours of work of a choreographer vary enormously. Generally, they work long daytime hours practising and rehearsing the dancers. They may work on more than one production at once and may be involved in evening performances.
Choreographers work in various venues - theatres, film and TV studios, nightclubs, hotels, halls, cruise liners and holiday resorts. Work is mainly indoors. Extensive travel may be involved.
To be a choreographer you should:
Many choreographers are freelance although some are employed by companies. They may work for dance companies, on productions such as operas, plays and musicals, in films or with pop groups. There may be opportunities abroad.
Dance UK maintains the Choreographers' Directory for members who are experienced freelance choreographers. This is a resource for producers seeking a choreographer.
Some choreographers supplement their work by continuing to dance or teach. Some run their own production companies.
As with most jobs in the performing arts and entertainment industry, success ultimately depends on skill and experience.
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