Choreographers are in demand for musicals, movies, TV advertisements, theatre performances, reality shows, fashion shows, and cultural programmes. Marriage and fashion choreography are also good avenues. Thanks to so many forums, a platform to showcase one’s talent, choreography has become a very competitive field in which it is difficult to make a mark. The essence of choreography is to reach out to your audience aesthetically expressing ideas and concepts through body language and innovative moves.
What do they do?
Choreographers direct sequences of dance movements, keeping both form and motion in mind. An understanding of the symbiotic relationship between dance and music is essential for becoming a choreographer. So is at least a decade of training in dance. Intensive training from a credible choreographer or with a well-known dance troupe with several productions under its belt is necessary.
- Ability to perform flawlessly
- Great communication skills
- Should be able to inspire and motivate one’s dancers
- Ability to realise creative vision
- Great people skills
- Visualisation skills
- Curious about new developments in dance
How do I get there?
Choreographers need to display excellent dance skills to gain credibility in the industry. So, intensive training from a credible choreographer or with a well-known dance troupe with several productions under its belt is necessary. After a decade of perfecting one’s dancing skills (preferably across genres, ie Indian classical dance forms, jazz, salsa, waltz etc), one can go in for choreological studies, which allows one to document dance sequences.
Typical day in the life of a Choreographer
Pros & Cons about this career
Need to maintain high levels of fitness Dance helps you exercise An excellent form of expression Dealing with creative people
Extensive travel with various productions Funding may not come easy for independent productions