Alabama Department of Labor

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SOC: 27-2032 Choreographers
Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects. Read and study story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements. Design dances for individual dancers, dance companies, musical theatre, opera, fashion shows, film, television productions and special events, and for dancers ranging from beginners to professionals. Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance. Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries. Coordinate production music with music directors. Audition performers for one or more dance parts. Direct and stage dance presentations for various forms of entertainment. Develop ideas for creating dances, keeping notes and sketches to record influences. Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness. Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement. Assess students' dancing abilities to determine where improvement or change is needed. Experiment with different types of dancers, steps, dances, and placements, testing ideas informally to get feedback from dancers. Seek influences from other art forms such as theatre, the visual arts, and architecture. Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members. Record dance movements and their technical aspects, using a technical understanding of the patterns and formations of choreography. Re-stage traditional dances and works in dance companies' repertoires, developing new interpretations.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Very Good
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