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Choreographer

Summary

A choreographer's work is to create and organize dance sequences in cinema, music videos, stage shows, TV shows, drama, theatre, as well as in private gatherings. They are professionals in dance who create not only dances, but themes too.

Career Opportunities in Choreography

  • Film/ TV
    Choreographers work mostly in movies and TV serials.
  • Shows & Events
    Choreographers help in preparing dance performances for shows and events.
  • Dance Academy
    A choreographer can open his/her own dance academy to share his/her knowledge of dance with others.
  • Dancer
    A choreographer can work as a dancer himself/herself.
  • Dance Teachers
    Choreographers can work as teachers and teach dance to students.

How to Become a Choreographer

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Bachelors In Arts And Dance/Any Discipline for 3 years--
Path 2
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Graduation in any fieldPursue part time/ full time course in Dance-
Path 3
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Diploma In Dance (Multiple Specialization) for 1-2 years--

Important Facts

Dance Industry isn't a degree specific industry. Some jobs might require a Bachelors Degree in Dance while for some Bachelors in any stream/Diploma Course/Class XII Degree will do.

Leading Institutes

Top Choreography Institutes in India
College Location Website
Institute of Creative Excellence Chandigarh www.theiceinstitute.com/index.php
The ITA School of Performing Arts Various Locations www.itaspa.in
Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, (N.I.K.C.) Malleswaram Bangalore www.natyamaya.in
Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan Bangalore www.bhavankarnataka.com
Sangeet Natak Academy Delhi www.sangeetnatak.gov.in
SHIAMAK Mumbai www.shiamak.com/the-dance-academy.html
Top Choreography Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
The Julliard School United States www.juilliard.edu
New York University (NYU) United States www.nyu.edu
The University of Arizona United States www.arizona.edu
The Ailey School United States www.theaileyschool.edu
Temple University United States www.temple.edu
University of North Carolina United States www.uncg.edu
Indiana University United States www.iu.edu

Choreography Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography (NIKC) Forms- 17th October, Aptitute test - 27th Oct Eligibility - Minimum of 5 year of dance training/experience, Aptitute Test (Written and Practical www.natyamaya.in/new/Natya_Courses.php
SHAIMK One year program- Feburary, Half yearly- November Dance auditions www.shiamak.com/the-dance-academy.html
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography (NIKC) Forms- 17th October, Aptitute test - 27th Oct Eligibility - Minimum of 5 year of dance training/experience, Aptitute Test (Written and Practical www.natyamaya.in/new/Natya_Courses.php
SHAIMK One year program- Feburary, Half yearly- November Dance auditions www.shiamak.com/the-dance-academy.html

Work Description

  • Invent and develop new dance movements
  • Engage in rehearsals for several hours to maintain flexibility and rhythm
  • Weave a storyline for drama or theatre performance to present through dance
  • Perform at events, gatherings, cultural programmes, etc.
  • Design and develop concepts for dance acts including music, backdrop and costumes
  • Practice regularly for several hours to maintain flexibility
  • Give auditions for various competitions, films and or television
  • Perform as a part of drama and theatre shows
  • Guide the upcoming talents with one's own knowledge and experience
  • Guide couples, dancers and other dance groups in competitions and events

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Choreographer

Pros
  • Helps you boost your self confidence as you perform and instruct others who follow you.
  • It is the best form of work out and thus keeps you fit.
Cons
  • There is a lot of Competetion in this field and it's time consuming.
  • You are always prone to injury. This is a field where the physical pain never goes away
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