Dancer and choreographer

Dancer and choreographer

Career Overview

Dance choreography is the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers. Make sure to use the search box to find Susan's video! She is a dance instructor.


There is no set educational requirement to obtain many of these positions, but this may depend on the setting. A degree in dance or a related field may be very helpful and at times necessary to obtain one of these positions.

Future Outlook

Employment of dancers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment of choreographers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Work Environment

Dancers and choreographers typically work in schools and performing arts companies.

Recommended High School Courses

  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Communication

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Dynamic Flexibility - The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speed of Limb Movement - The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Repair textiles or apparel.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Perform dances.
  • Entertain public with comedic or dramatic performances.
  • Audition for roles.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Train others on performance techniques.
  • Choreograph dances.


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Potential Scholarships

5 Strong Scholarship
Agnes M. Lindsay Scholars...

Approx Salary Expectation

Low End:
$20,200.00 /yr
$44,540.00 /yr
High End:
$97,800.00 /yr


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Trend Analysis - Explorer the Market, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development,