Passion is all that you need to be a choreographer. You need to be creative with the ability to direct a team, apart from being a good dancer.
Professional choreographers are in demand for reality television series, corporate events, dance schools, annual events at education institutes, weddings, bollywood movies and song albums.
“Every dance style has its own basics. Train yourself well in one dance form first. If you know one dance style, it is easy for you to learn new styles,” says Aditya Sarmah, course director, Delhi Dance Academy (DDA).
Apart from training dancers, choreographers also select costumes, music and the set design for the show they choreograph for.
Reality TV dance shows have raised the demand for choreographers. “The main choreographer (mentor in TV shows) hires assistant choreographers for specific dance styles – like jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet and this can be a very good employment opportunity of two to three months for choreographers,” says Prashant Bhat, choreographer, DDA.
Choreographers can also work at dance competitions held in regional TV channels.
“Choreography brings out the creative side of me. Choreography is not just about dancing – it is about creativity, techniques and ability to direct a team of dancers,” says Sarmah on why he loves his job.