A Dance Captain is a member of a company (ensemble/Dancers/Performers) who is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the artistic standards of all choreography and musical staging within a production.
The Dance Captain works closely with the Associate or Resident Director, the Stage Manager and the Choreographer. A Dance Captain differs from a Choreographer as they work with the ensemble to ensure what the Choreographer has created is up to the standard needed for the show.
A Dance Captain must complete the following duties:
Most Dance Captains are also Dancers within the show. This means they get an understudy or Swing to play their part on the night so they can watch and make notes on the show. They then use these notes to rehearse with the Dancers and ensure the choreography is maintained. They may also have to help work out who plays what role if someone within the ensemble is absent.
A lot of Dancers don’t have any formal training but a formal qualification would be extremely beneficial to help maintain the technique standards with the company. Your training as a Dancer will help you find opportunities to be a Dance Captain and start building your skill set. It is also unlikely that a Dance Captain would be hired without the relevant experience and skills. One of the following qualifications would be suitable:
Most Dance Captains begin as a member of the ensemble. The Artistic Director and Choreographer will appoint a Dance Captain for the particular piece of choreography. Throughout your career you can become an Assistant Choreographer and then a Choreographer.
This amount can vary depending on the size of the production, the theatre and the number of tickets sold.
Published: 4 December 2019