Hi LeiLaniLee: Choreographers typically are seasoned dancers who design performances that convey moods and ideas using movement or a particular style of dance in staged performances. Most choreographers are dancers who have been training and performing since they were very young. While there are no specific education requirements to become a choreographer, a degree in dance can provide insight into dance styles, dance theory and teaching methods.
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- Many dancers begin training when they are young and continue to learn throughout their careers. Ballet dancers begin training the earliest, usually between the ages of 5 and 8 for girls and a few years later for boys. Their training becomes more serious as they enter their teens, and most ballet dancers begin their professional careers by the time they are 18.
- Some dancers and choreographers pursue postsecondary education. Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in dance, typically through departments of theater or fine arts. As of March 2016, there were about 75 dance programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Most programs include coursework in a variety of dance styles, including modern dance, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Most entrants into college dance programs have previous formal training.
- Some choreographers work as dance teachers. Teaching dance in a college, high school, or elementary school requires a college degree. Some dance studios and conservatories prefer instructors who have a degree; however, they may accept previous work in lieu of a degree.
I have two (2) nieces that have been dancing since they were very young (around 5 ?? maybe). One niece started out wanting to just dance tap and ballet. She later progressed to other styles of dancing such as lyrical, hip hop, solo, jazz. She's in her second year of college and is now teaching dance classes. The other niece (who is her younger sister) 'loves hip-hop'. Our family enjoys watching them dance when we get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks because it is like a family reunion gathering during those two holidays. We LOOVVVEEE it!
If you enjoy dancing - go for it. I've provided you with some sites I hope you find helpful on your journey. I want to see you on TV one day. :)
Best of Luck to You!
*Source: - -> https://study.com/articles/Choreographer_Career_Salary_and_Education_Information.html
*Source: - -> https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/dancers-and-choreographers.htm#tab-4
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