How to become a dance choreographer: Rachel's story

You have to learn about your body to be able to teach about it. I really enjoyed GCSE Science because it was a challenge and it taught me so much about my body.

  • Rachel teaches people how to express themselves through dance. She runs her own dance classes at Adore Lifestyle, where she shows people how to warm up their joints and muscles before a dance class, so that they don’t injure themselves
  • Rachel really enjoyed Science at GCSE because it taught her about her body, biology and how to keep healthy
  • Knowing how her body works helps Rachel to create unique movements through dance that really wow people.

Rachel's career path

What to expect if you want to be a dance choreographer

  • Dance choreographer salary: Variable
  • Dance choreographer working hours: 28 to 30 hours per week. You may need to work late nights, weekends and bank holidays.

What qualifications do you need to be a dance choreographer?

  • You can get into this job through a university course, working towards this role, or applying directly
  • Entry requirements: You'll need a high level of dance training and experience. You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award to develop your skills. Relevant subjects include professional dance, musical theatre, and dance and choreography. These are offered by dance schools and universities. To get onto one of these courses, you'll usually need 1 or 2 A-levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, 2 to 3 A-levels, or equivalent, for a degree, a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
  • You could start out as a professional dancer and combine this with an assistant choreographer role, especially in a smaller company, and then work your way up to become a choreographer. You may find it useful to get work experience with an established choreographer, or could develop your skills by volunteering to choreograph amateur dance club performances
  • You may also be able to apply for work if you're an experienced professional dancer or dance teacher.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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