What does a Choreographer do?

A Choreographer creates original dance movements and routines for performances and productions. They also develop different interpretations of existing dances for an individual dancer or group of dancers (chorus).

What are the main responsibilities of a Choreographer?

  • Create dance routines that work with the music and lyrics of a production or performance
  • Read through a script and interprets each song, creating dance sequences to match the song and interpret a story through dance 
  • Sometimes the movement is required as part of a scene or transition. The Choreographer can develop a sequence of movements to show this
  • Attend rehearsals of Dancers and cast members and ensure everyone has a clear understanding of the routine and ensure everyone is at the same level
  • Ensure the routine looks good to an audience and everyone is in time with each other and the music
  • Make sure the movement follows the original interpretation

You can find Choreographer jobs using The Stage Jobs here.

What qualifications do I need to be a Choreographer?

A formal qualification is not necessary as Choreographers typically begin their career as Dancers and study a variety of routines from an early age. However, there are some choreography courses available which you can find here. Always keep a showreel of your individual work and where your work has been shown as well as choreography for any previous productions. 

Find dance and choreography opportunities on Get Into Theatre here.

What skills do I need to be a Choreographer?

  • Rhythm
  • Able to follow choreography and create original dance sequences
  • Time management
  • Self promotion
  • Team building and leadership 

What does a career in Choreography look like?

Choreographers often begin their careers as Dancers and study from an early age. When they establish a successful dance career they may then transition into an Assistant Choreographer before becoming a Choreographer. You can study through various workshops and always keep active and up to date with the latest trends in the dance world. Some Choreographers work on a freelance basis so self promotion is essential. Read our blog 'How to become a freelancer in theatre' here.

How much does a Choreographer earn?

On average a Choreographer can earn up to £20k per year and this can go up to around £30k for those more experienced.  

Find all careers advice here.



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Published: 12 August 2019

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