Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+14% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Choreographers Do

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Other Job Titles Choreographers May Have

Ballet Director, Choreographer, Dance Director, Dance Maker, Musical Choreographer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co. ,


Each gig, so each day, is different. But common threads are: Prepare for rehearsal, be prepared practically so you have the tools you need at hand (music/images/ipad). Work in studio or on set with director, dancers and designer. End the day by evaluating what you did and beginning prep for next one.

CBC Ballet Mistress & Education Coordinator; UCSD Lecturer in Dance ,

University of California, San Diego and California Ballet School and Company

Office = CA Ballet Co; CBS = teaching; CBC has 4 shows/yr (extra theater hrs); UCSD summers OFF. Monday - swim, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office, home 3-5p. Tuesday - walk, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office &/or rehearse, CBS, home 7-8p. Wednesday - walk, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office, rehearse, home 9:30p. Thursday - swim, UCSD 10a-12p, Co office &/or rehearse, home 4-5p. Friday- Pilates, Co class, rehearse, office, CBS, rehearse, home 9:30p. Saturday - walk, 10a office, CBS, rehearse, home 6p. Sunday - walk or Pilates, 10a co class, rehearse, office, home 4p.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
  • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
  • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
  • Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.
  • Design 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.

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