Creates new dance routines. Rehearses performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Performing Arts pathway.
A person in this career:
- Directs rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
- Reads and studies story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements.
- Designs 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.
- Chooses the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
- Advises dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.
- Coordinates production music with music directors.
- Auditions performers for one or more dance parts.
- Directs and stages dance presentations for various forms of entertainment.
- Develops ideas for creating dances, keeping notes and sketches to record influences.
- Trains, exercises, and attends dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
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