What does a Dancer and Choreographer do?
Dancers and choreographers express stories and ideas through dance performances. Dancers often perform with a group and have the ability to dance to different forms of music such as modern, ballet, or musical theater. A choreographer creates dances that are original and develop different interpretations of existing dances. In 2014 about half of dancers and choreographers worked in performing arts companies and schools.
How to Become a Dancer and Choreographer
Dancers and choreographers have a variety of training and education requirements and all dancers need many formal years of training. Most dancers begin training at a very young age and as they grow the training becomes more serious, some beginning their careers at the age of 18. Some leading professional dance companies offer intensive summer training programs and may choose candidates for admission to their full-time training programs.
Choreographers typically begin their career as dancers and study a variety of routines. Some choreographers work as dance teachers. Often, choreographers and dancers get a postsecondary education. There are a multitude of colleges and universities that a offer bachelor's and master's degrees in dance, usually through departments of fine arts or theater.
Programs include courses in different dance styles like jazz, ballet, modern, and hip-hop. One who chooses to peruse teaching dance in an elementary school, high school, or college must have a college degree.
Job Description of a Dancer and Choreographer
A dancer would actively perform as many auditions as possible to obtain a part in a show for employment in a dance company. They would rehearse many hours every day to prepare for a performance by learning the complex dance movements that their audience would enjoy. They study new dances and work closely with instructors, choreographers, and other dancers in order to perfect their routines.
He or she attends promotional events for the production and may have photography sessions. In addition to the traditional performances for a live audience, some dancers perform on Internet, videos, television, theme parks, cruise ships, and other places like casinos.
Choreographers create original dances and put together moves in sequence for a dance routine and develop new interpretations of existing dances. He or she chooses the music for the dance routine and auditions dancers for a role in a show. They may assist with the artistic aspects of a show such as lighting or costume design. They teach complex dance movements and sometimes work with performers who are untrained dancers. A choreographer also helps with the administration duties of a dance company.