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Choreographers - 27-2032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Ballet Director
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Director
  • Dance Maker
  • Musical Choreographer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise dancers on standing and moving properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.
  • Assess students' dancing abilities to determine where improvement or change is needed.
  • Audition performers for one or more dance parts.
  • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
  • Coordinate production music with music directors.
  • 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.
  • Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members.
  • Develop ideas for creating dances, keeping notes and sketches to record influences.
  • Direct and stage dance presentations for various forms of entertainment.
  • Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in dance steps and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
  • Experiment with different types of dancers, steps, dances, and placements, testing ideas informally to get feedback from dancers.
  • Manage dance schools, or assist in their management.
  • Read and study story lines and musical scores to determine how to translate ideas and moods into dance movements.
  • Record dance movements and their technical aspects, using a technical understanding of the patterns and formations of choreography.
  • Restage traditional dances and works in dance companies' repertoires, developing new interpretations.
  • Seek influences from other art forms, such as theatre, the visual arts, and architecture.
  • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
  • Train, exercise, and attend dance classes to maintain high levels of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
  • Choreograph dances.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
  • Evaluate skills of athletes or performers.
  • Manage operations of artistic or entertainment departments or organizations.
  • Monitor current trends.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.
  • Train others on performance techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Army Music (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Band (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • United States Air Force Honor Guard (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Choreographer