Choreographer

Choreographers design sequences of steps and movements, usually accompanied by music, for dancers and other artists to perform.

Average salary (a year)

Variable

Typical hours (a week)

28 to 30 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays managing your own hours

How to become a Choreographer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You'll need a high level of dance training and experience. You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree to develop your skills. Relevant subjects include:

  • professional dance
  • musical theatre
  • dance and choreography

Proper training is essential to allow you to build the stamina, technical ability and range of professional skills and contacts.

You may take a postgraduate course in choreography at a professional dance school or university, which may help you when looking for work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Work

Most choreographers start as professional dancers and combine this with an assistant choreographer role, especially in smaller companies.

Volunteering and experience

You may find it useful to get work experience with an established choreographer.

Direct application

It may be possible to apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.

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Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to join organisations like One Dance UK for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts. They also have the UK Directory of Choreographers.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a choreographer from Creative Choices and One Dance UK.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • turning ideas into steps
  • fitting movements to music
  • working with producers, costume designers and musical directors
  • choosing music
  • auditioning and rehearsing dancers
  • recording dance steps using a notation system
  • if you're self employed, spending time marketing yourself and dealing with your own tax and accounts
  • if you run your own dance company, hiring staff and applying for funding

Working environment

You could work at a film studio, in a theatre, in a creative studio or at a tv studio.

Career path and progression

You're likely to work freelance on a fixed-term contract. You may be able to find full-time permanent opportunities with dance companies.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Choreographer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Dance The Musicals

  • Provider: CORNWALL ADULT EDUCATION
  • Start date: 16 January 2019
  • Location: Falmouth

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