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“If you enjoy creating dance routines and working with people, this could be the job for you.”


As a choreographer, you would create dance routines and movement sequences for dancers and other performers. You could choreograph stage, TV or film performances, music videos, and even fashion shows or corporate events. You may also act as a movement coach for actors.

Choreographers normally specialise in a particular style of dance, including; ballet, modern, jazz, world and disability dance. They often have to interpret a director's instructions or work from a brief. Choosing music, developing ideas, leading rehearsals and auditioning dancers form are all part of the role.

A freelance choreographer would also spend time networking and marketing to find new opportunities and clients. Running your own dance company would involve hiring and managing staff and completing administrative tasks such as applying for funding and maintaining financial records.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • qualifications in dance
  • creativity and imagination
  • performing to an audience
  • an understanding of health and safety issues
  • improved English and IT

Your future

  • over 80% of culture, media and sports occupations will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • arts and entertainment jobs are expected to expand by 37% across the South West by 2020
  • 199,000 new jobs will be created nationally by 2020 in the arts and entertainment sector - a 23% increase on 2010 job totals. 1,055,000 in total
  • 99% of Performing Arts and Music students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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