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Details for Choreographers


Description

Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.

Tasks

  • Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.
  • Direct and stage dance presentations for various forms of entertainment.
  • Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members.
  • Assess students' dancing abilities to determine where improvement or change is needed.
  • Audition performers for one or more dance parts.
  • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
  • Manage dance schools, or assist in their management.
  • Seek influences from other art forms such as theatre, the visual arts, and architecture.
  • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Coordinate production music with music directors.
  • Design dances for individual dancers, dance companies, musical theatre, opera, fashion shows, film, television productions and special events, and for dancers ranging from beginners to professionals.
  • Develop ideas for creating dances, keeping notes and sketches to record influences.
  • Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
  • Experiment with different types of dancers, steps, dances, and placements, testing ideas informally to get feedback from dancers.
  • Read and study story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements.
  • Record dance movements and their technical aspects, using a technical understanding of the patterns and formations of choreography.
  • Re-stage traditional dances and works in dance companies' repertoires, developing new interpretations.

Interests

  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
  • Experience - A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Knowledge

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Related Careers

  • Actors
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Costume Attendants
  • Dancers
  • Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
  • Etchers and Engravers
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
  • Photographers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
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