Hire a Choreographer
Choreographers are creative thinkers who are passionate about dance. Through an in-depth understanding of the body’s abilities, they create dance routines to match a specific rhythm and beat of the music. Their goal is to evoke emotion through dance.
Choreographers are typically former dancers who have moved behind the scenes. They can work in productions for musicals, competitions, ballets, recitals, marching bands, dance shows, and concerts. Generally, any show that involves dance needs an experienced choreographer.
A well-written job description is instrumental in starting the recruitment process in the right direction. Hiring managers must understand the job specifications to ensure the accuracy of the job description. What is the theme of the dance production? Is previous experience as a choreographer required? How many dancers will be involved in the routine? Gaining clarity on these details will aid in making an accurate job description for candidates. In this way, hiring managers can attract a quality candidate pool of choreographers.
Responsibilities of a Choreographer
Before choreographers create a dance routine, they meet with the creative director to understand the details, purpose, and goals of the production. Everything that the choreographer comes up with aligns with the production’s overall message. Other production elements like lighting, costumes, set design, and other effects must all be seamlessly aligned. The choreographer selects the appropriate music and participates in the audition process for qualified dance performers.
Choreographers create a new routine according to the music, mood, theme, and message of the production. They ensure that the choreography is appropriate and suitable for the expected audience. Choreographers draw inspiration from all these elements and create a new dance routine or modify existing ones as necessary. The creative process may vary from one choreographer to another. In teaching the dancers, they may demonstrate the movement themselves or use videos and drawings.
Choreographers are responsible for scheduling the rehearsals and coordinating the availability of the venue and equipment. Throughout the rehearsal process, choreographers are responsible for guiding the dancers on the proper steps, formation, and feel of the routine. They practice many times until the dancers are confident with their movements and can perform to a high standard. Lastly, choreographers ensure the health and safety of all dance members. They see to it that dancers stretch and exercise to prevent injuries.
Skills and Qualifications of a Choreographer
A high school diploma or GED is required. A bachelor’s degree in performing arts or dance is an advantage. Most candidates for the positions are former dancers themselves or have extensive experience in dancing. Having a dance background helps in understanding routines and movements.
Also, the ideal candidate is detail-oriented with excellent time management skills. The ability to think creatively is a hallmark for choreographers. Excellent communication skills are necessary as choreographers collaborate with other production members and dancers. Lastly, the candidate must be willing to work long hours, often extending into the evening, for rehearsals.