Becoming a Dancer or Choreographer
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Becoming a Dancer or Choreographer

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Entertains by performing dances, or creates dance compositions. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.
Training time 1 - 2 years
Avg. weekly wage $1,785
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 700

What does a Dancer or Choreographer do?

  • reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • creating and performing individual performance routines

Specialisations

  • Ballet Dancer
  • Contemporary or Modern Dancer
  • Exotic Dancer