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Also called: Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dance Director

What they do:
Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
  • move your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving
  • keep your balance or stay upright
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Chorel Technology Dance Designer
  • Credo Interactive DanceForms
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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