Dancers and Choreographers
Dancers and choreographers create dance movements, direct stage presentations and perform dances to express ideas and concepts. Dancers display many types of movements like ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and contemporary dance.
Choreographers direct stage and live shows and create dance routines. Dancers perform for the stage or for television shows or video and motion pictures.
Role of a Choreographer
- Conducts auditions for a role in a show or with a dance company.
- Selects music, set and location for dance shows.
- Asses students’ dancing abilities and determine the strengths and weaknesses.
- Coordinates with costume designers, lighting crew, music directors and other artistic experts of a show.
- Choreographs dance movements for shows.
- Researches and studies new dance movements.
- Studies story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements.
- Budgets and works on tight deadlines.
Role of a Dancer
- Auditions for shows or for a job with a dance company.
- Performs various types of dances in productions thereby expressing stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies.
- Rehearses for several hours before the actual day of the performance.
- Works with choreographers to learn and implement dance movements.
- Coordinates dancing with that of partners or dance ensembles.
- Trains and attends dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
Skills Required for a Dancer or ChoreographerBody coordination:
A dancer and a choreographer should have good control over his or her body movements. One should be able to coordinate the movement of arms, legs and hips in a motion.Flexibility:
Body of a dancer is extremely flexible. A dancer or a choreographer should be able to twist, turn, and bend with ease.Knowledge of dance techniques:
A dancer or a choreographer should have adequate knowledge of dance techniques, tools and principles.Stamina and Energy:
Dancing requires lots of stamina and energy. A person should be physically fit and active and must be able to work for long hours without being tired.Cultural Sensitivity:
A dancer should be able to modify his or her choreography keeping the cultural sensitivity in mind.Originality:
A choreographer should come up with new ideas and concepts and create innovative shows.
Pros and Cons of a Dancer and ChoreographerPros
- Opportunity to learn new dance forms.
- Exercise that will always keep you fit.
- Choreographers get the opportunity to narrate a story through their dance forms and apply their creativity.
- Long working hours especially before production.
- Health takes a beating because of rigorous practice.
- No guarantee of continuous work flow.