Friday, 19th April 2019


Choreography is the art of composing movement sequences of people in the form of dance and theatre. Dancers and theatrical performers work with choreographers to create dance routines and movement sequences for music, dance, theatre or film and television productions. The role of the choreographer is to convey ideas and themes through the medium of dance and movement.

Choreographers work in many areas of performing arts, designing routines according to the subject, style and soundtrack of the production. They may have complete creative control over the routines or could work under a director’s instructions, collaborating with all different members of the production team.

Many styles of dance can be included in a choreographers work, such as ballet, street dance, Latin dance, ballroom dancing, folk or musical theatre. Therefore choreographers need to have vast knowledge of all areas of dance, being able to pull ideas together for whatever brief they are given.

Choreographers are usually expected to complete the following duties:

  • Planning and researching the movement of every performer
  • Creating dance routines and general movement sequences
  • Planning choreography to fit certain music
  • Following a director’s instructions
  • Choosing music and costumes
  • Incorporating props or special effects
  • Auditioning dancers
  • Running rehearsals and teaching dance moves and routines
  • Recording the steps using notation programs

Having a strong background in dance is important for being a choreographer and many ex-dancers go into choreography later on in their careers.

Usually choreographers work on a freelance basis, being hired for a specific production, event or television show. Therefore, a lot of a choreographer’s time may be spent finding work or advertising their skills within the industry. As with much of the performing arts industry, building up a contact base is essential.