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What You Need to Know About Choreographers

Choreographer Job Description Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

A Day in the Life of a Choreographer

  • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
  • Develop ideas for creating dances, keeping notes and sketches to record influences.
  • Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members.
  • Coordinate production music with music directors.
  • Read and study story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements.
  • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.

Choreographer Needed Skills

These are the skills Choreographers say are the most useful in their careers:

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Types of Choreographer Jobs

  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer
  • Choreography Director
  • Dance Master
  • Dancing Master

Is There Job Demand for Choreographers?

There were about 6,900 jobs for Choreographers in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.8% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 200 new jobs for Choreographers by 2026. The BLS estimates 900 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Choreographers in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Choreographers are Texas, Iowa, and Georgia.

Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Connecticut, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Choreographer Salary

The average yearly salary of a Choreographer ranges between $21,340 and $97,620. The median salary is $47,800.

Salary Ranges for Choreographers

How much do Choreographers make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

New York

$85,720

California

$70,020

Tennessee

$65,990

Oklahoma

$65,600

Texas

$61,850

Massachusetts

$60,150

Virginia

$58,240

Maryland

$57,070

Connecticut

$56,080

New Jersey

$55,680

Nevada

$55,100

Georgia

$51,690

Minnesota

$49,400

Florida

$48,150

Ohio

$47,840

Louisiana

$43,680

Kansas

$39,830

Pennsylvania

$37,560

Illinois

$35,490

Wyoming

$35,000

South Dakota

$31,400

What Tools do Choreographers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Choreographers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office

Where Choreographers Are Employed

Choreographer Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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