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Choreographer Career Information

What a Choreographer does

Abilities & Traits Required


"Knowledge of Indian classical dance or western classical and modern dance will help. As a choreographer you can create your own style of dance.

A professional training in any dance forms like Kathakali, Mohini Attam, Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak, and Manipuri will take you at least 7 years. Good knowledge of Indian folk dances like Dumhal and Rouff of Kashmir, Hikat of Himachal Pradesh, the Jhumeila, the Chaunfla of Garhwal, Chholiya of Kumaon, Uttar Pradesh, Dalkhai of Orissa, Gendi of Madhya Pradesh, Bihu of Assam, etc. will also help you further your base.

Training in western dances like jazz, waltz, swing, tango and contemporary dances like disco, rap will also help."


Of course you don't get to be a Farah Khan or a Ganesh Hegde right at the start. As a Choreographer you have to build your way up, especially in the entertainment industry, which sees scores of new talent everyday.

As Choreographers in schools Start at Rs 18000 - 20000 per month In the film industry Start at Rs 15000 - 20000 per dance sequence

That's as far as the money aspect goes. But the fringe benefits in this field far outnumber the monetary aspect. First of all as a Choreographer you don't have to sweat it out at a gym to keep fit. Numerous dance rehearsals will do that for you. What's more, as a Choreographer you might even get entry into college. Sajid Khan got into Mithibai College not on the basis of his scores but on the basis of his dance competition certificates!

Once you hit it big time, you get to travel. That's the best part of the job - to be able to see the world at the producer's cost, get people to dance on top of glaciers, go up in an air balloon, make exotic stop-overs.

You'll never feel like its work that you are doing. How can you? When life is all about song and dance!

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