• Evita Ellis

CAREERS: Dancers and Choreographers

Updated: Jul 8, 2019

Dancers typically do the following:

· Audition for a part in a show or for a job within a dance company

· Learn complex dance movements that entertain an audience

· Rehearse several hours each day to prepare for their performance

· Study new and emerging types of dance

· Work closely with instructors, choreographers, or other dancers to interpret or modify their


· Attend promotional events, such as photography sessions, for the production in which they

are appearing

Dancers spend years learning dances and perfecting their skills. They usually perform as part of a group and know a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, and modern dance. In addition to traditional performances in front of a live audience, many perform on TV, in videos on the Internet, and in music videos, in which they also may sing or act. Many dancers perform in shows at casinos, in theme parks, and on cruise ships.

Choreographers typically do the following:

· Put together moves in a sequence to create new dances or interpretations of existing


· Choose the music that will accompany a dance routine

· Audition dancers for a role in a show or within a dance company

· Assist with costume design, lighting, and other artistic aspects of a show

· Teach complex dance movements

· Study new and emerging types of dance to design more creative dance routines

· Help with the administrative duties of a dance company, such as budgeting

Choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances. They work in dance schools, theaters, dance companies, and movie studios.

During rehearsals, they typically demonstrate dance moves, to instruct dancers in the proper technique. Many choreographers also perform the dance routines they create.

Some choreographers work with performers who are not trained dancers. For example, the complex martial arts scenes performed by actors in movies are arranged by choreographers who specialize in martial arts.

Some dancers and choreographers hold other jobs between roles to make a living.

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