Choreographers

A Choreographer Trains Ballet Dancers

Choreographers create dances that use movement to tell a story or elicit a mood and then teach them to dancers. There are many types of dance—ranging from tango and tap, to ballroom and ballet, to jazz, modern dance, and non-Western dances. Approximately 7,000 choreographers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Dance Directors
Duties Design dance routines, select appropriate music and sound effects, audition dancers, direct rehearsals
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Mostly in cities where there are dance companies, theaters, dance and fine art schools The metropolitan areas with the highest level of employment for choreographers are New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Portland, OR/Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Newark, NJ/Pennsylvania metropolitan region.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Completion of an informal apprenticeship with an experienced choreographer
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Athletic
  • Creative
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer
  • Assistant Choreographer
  • Dance Captain/Ballet Master or Mistress
  • Dancer