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Choreographer

Overview: Choreographers create and teach original dances for ballet, modern musicals, and revues performed for live stage, TV, movies, or night club performances. They audition, select and coach the performers. They may direct performances.
Duties: They confer with producers and directors of stage performances where dance is a component. They interpret the producers and directors' ideas and concepts to be expressed through dance.

They confer with the music composers who will write the musical scripts for dancing to be performed. They study the themes, tempo and beat of the music.

Plan the dance styles, and eventually the detailed movements for each dancer. They seek to optimize the dancer's movements with the music and the producer's themes.

They audition and select dancers for performances. Coach them and direct their stage performance. They study the comments of art critics who publish articles or comment on radio and TV.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of choreographers is expected to grow more slowly than average through 2018. Public support for larger dance companies will lead to opportunities but decreasing funding for smaller companies will limit jobs. Interest in dance among older people could create some opportunities for teaching.
Starting Salary: Salaries for choreographers vary greatly. Most beginners earn extra income by teaching.
Salary Range (National Average): $24,000 to $28,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Formal training is generally required for choreography positions by means of a college or university study program. Many colleges offer bachelor's degrees in dance, generally through the departments of theater, music or fine arts. Most choreography study programs concentrate on modern dance, but also offer courses in ballet.
Recommended Skills:
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.