Career outlook for choreographer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
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What's it like?
You would create dance routines to entertain people at live shows, events or for TV and films.
You could plan the whole performance from teaching the steps to the dancers to working with costume designers and directors to get the right look.
You could choreograph stage, TV or film performances, music videos, and even fashion shows or corporate events.
You would normally specialise in a particular style of dance such as:
- Classical ballet
- Modern dance
- Jazz dance and musical theatre
- Street dance, hip hop and break-dancing
- Scottish country (ceilidh), Highland or Irish dancing
- Non-western (such as Indian, African or belly-dancing)
- Disability dance
You might create your own dance pieces, or interpret a director’s instructions.
- Develop ideas and turn them into a finished performance
- Plan movements to fit the music
- Discuss ideas and plans with producers, costume designers, and musical and artistic directors
- Choose music
- Audition dancers
- Teach and rehearse the dancers
- Record the steps using a notation system, such as Labanotation or Benesh
You might also work a movement coach for actors.
If you are freelance, you’d need to promote and marketing yourself, find new work and deal with your own tax and accounts.
If you ran your own dance company you’d also audition dancers, hire staff and do administrative tasks, such as apply for funding.
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