Step up and dance: Being a choreographer

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2015 18:24 IST

Dance shows have come a long way since Boogie Woogie first offered a platform to dancers in 1997. This year, India’s first dance-based movie, ABCD2, released successfully, ­proving that there’s finally money in dancing. From hip-hop and salsa to B-boying and ­krumping, dance is a serious and viable business for many.

Choreographers direct ­sequences of dance movements, keeping both form and motion in mind. An understanding of the symbiotic relationship between dance and music is essential for becoming a ­choreographer, so is at least a decade of ­training in dance. Intensive training from a credible ­choreographer or with a well-known dance troupe with experience of several ­productions is necessary.

Choreographers are in demand for musicals, movies, TV advertisements, theatre performances, reality shows, fashion shows, and cultural programmes.

Creative bent
Besides talent, one needs to use his/her mind and instinct to be able to ­choreograph different forms of dance. Also, one should keep learning about new developments in dance

Rs. I take home
A fresher can earn ­between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000 a month whereas an experienced dancer can take home a sum ranging from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh a month

I love my job because...
It is an excellent form of expression, one deals with creative people on a regular basis and gets a chance to travel with various productions

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