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What You Need to Know About Choreographer

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

Daily Life Of a Choreographer

  • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
  • Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members.
  • Experiment with different types of dancers, steps, dances, and placements, testing ideas informally to get feedback from dancers.
  • Audition performers for one or more dance parts.
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.

What a Choreographer Should Know

When polled, Choreographers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • Choreographer
  • Artistic Director
  • Dance Choreographer
  • Dance Director
  • Dance Maker

Is There Job Demand for Choreographers?

There were about 6,900 jobs for Choreographer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 2.9% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 200 new jobs for Choreographer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 900 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Choreographer are Nevada, Georgia, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Connecticut, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Choreographer

The salary for Choreographers ranges between about $21,340 and $97,620 a year.

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Choreographers who work in New York, Tennessee, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
California $70,020
Connecticut $56,080
Florida $48,150
Georgia $51,690
Illinois $35,490
Kansas $39,830
Louisiana $43,680
Maryland $57,070
Massachusetts $60,150
Minnesota $49,400
Nevada $55,100
New Jersey $55,680
New York $85,720
Ohio $47,840
Oklahoma $65,600
Pennsylvania $37,560
South Dakota $31,400
Tennessee $65,990
Texas $61,850
Virginia $58,240
Wyoming $35,000

Tools & Technologies Used by Choreographers

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Social media sites

How do I Become a Choreographer?

Education needed to be a Choreographer:

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What work experience do I need to become a Choreographer?

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Where Choreographers Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Image Credit: Jazzart Dance Theatre via Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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