And Choreography

What does a choreographer do?

Choreography is an artist to express ones personality through dance. A choreographer designs and directs routines used in dances a performances. They love movement and the art of dance, but most of all love to inspire others by sharing their creative ideas.

Required skills

Choreographers possess a specific skill set that is based on their natural talent and many years of dancing and performance experience.

Required Skills to be a choreographer...

Dance Technique. A choreographer must have a thorough knowledge of dance steps,styles and routines.

Leadership. Choreographers must have strong leadership skills, because groups of dancers and actors depend on them for the execution of their routines.

Creativity. Choreographers must have creative talent because they rely on their own ideas to choreograph dance routines. They must be able to translate ideas into physical movements.

Discipline. Choreography involves many long, tedious hours of rehearsing to get dance moves right. Audiences pay a lot of money to see film, dance company and musical productions, and a lot of pressure weighs on the choreographer to ensure total success.

Educational requirements

Choreographers typically have many years of experience at their craft, with their dance training usually beginning at a very young age. The American Association of Community Theater states that those who want to pursue a career as a choreographer may begin to do so while still performing.

While a college degree is not required to work as a dancer or choreographer, those interested in this art can pursue a bachelor's degree program in dance to learn about dance styles, dance theory and composition. Master's programs in choreography also are available. These 2-year programs focus on the history of choreography, as well as creating original dances and working with performers.

California State University-Long Beach. All dance students at California State University in Long Beach begin in the school's Bachelor of Arts in dance program. Students interested primarily in choreography move into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, which emphasizes technique, performance and choreography. The school's Master of Fine Arts in dance program offers students many choreographic opportunities.


How much should you expect to earn starting out? You should expect to earn around 35,595 yearly.

How much should you expect to make after doing it a while? You should expect to make around 75,300 yearly.

future outcome

It shouldn't be too hard to become an choreographer as long as you've had training. Usually choreographers get noticed for their work. Once you get a dancing studio and dancers the process should flow by pretty easily.

What about the future?

There are a lot of people who want to be professional dancers and choreographers, but not so many jobs. Only the most talented will find regular work.

Employment of dancers and choreographers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations

The best chance of getting a job will be with a big dance company. Opera companies will also have some new jobs. Dance groups in colleges and universities and television and motion pictures will also have some jobs. There will be increased opportunities for dance teachers, as dance is growing in popularity for recreation and fitness purposes.

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Why i picked the career

Dancing is a way I express my feelings; let some things go. Dancing is something I would want to do for the rest of my life. I feel power whenever I dance to different songs, Different styles. If I could dance all day I would.  

I feel I could be a good fit for this job because its just something I love doing. I mean it doesn't make as much money as an professional doctor or something I'd do something I love doing for an OK amount of money rather than doing something I hate for money.

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