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What is Choreography? 

  • Choreography is an art of performing different dance forms that comes under the subject performing Arts.

  • It includes different forms and learning of different dance forms, dance theory and its compositions.

  • Only a trained person can help others in learning the whole thing properly. Synchronizing all those steps one after another properly will make sure that all the expressions that the dancer wants to express transmit well to the spectator. 

  • Lots of types of dances are there and in recent times fusion dances are very popular in India. To compose fusion dance forms, one needs to know all the dance forms in the first place. So, having a professional choreographer beside you is very important. 

What are the skills required to be a Choreographer?

  • Discipline

  • Creativity

  • Dance technique

  • Leadership skills

  • Patience

  • Fitness

  • The flair of ideas and imagination

  • High level of concentration

  • Resilience

  • Ability to work out of comfort zone

  • Enthusiasm

  • Knowledge of dance forms

  • Technical knowledge of dance techniques/steps

  • Creative thoughts

  • Physical stamina

  • Social perceptiveness

  • Judgment and decision making

  • Operational analysis 

  • Wide knowledge of music

  • Ability to innovate something

  • Quick learner

  • Teamwork

Which are the Famous Institutes offering this course? 

Best Institutes

  • Institute of creative excellence, Chandigarh.

  • Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore. 

  • The ITA School of performing arts, Mumbai. 

  • The University of Mysore.

  • Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi

  • Shiamak Davar Institute of performing arts, Mumbai

  • Shiamak Davar Institute of performing arts, New Delhi

  • Amity University, Noida/Manesar 

  • Reva University, Bengaluru 

  • Manipal Academy of higher education, Karnataka

  • Greater Noida Institute of Technology, Noida

  • National Institute of Information & Technology University, Gurugram 

  • Amrita University, Tamil Nadu

  • Lovely Professional University, Punjab

  • Chandigarh University Chandigarh

  • Students can appear for the FTII JET Exam, to get admission in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata

What is the basic course structure? 

The duration of the course is 3 years and it is divided into 6 semesters with a different syllabus. Expert teachers will be there to teach each form and visiting faculties from different corners of the world would visit the institutes to teach their dance forms as well. Here is a brief view of the whole course. 

  • Construction of the body would be taught

  • Movement techniques and codified level 1. 

  • Somatic practice and improvisation will be taught.

  • Media and performance will be taught. 

  • The first session of collaborative practice will take place

  • The second set of choreography courses will resume. 

  • Company formation and work with professionals in the field.

  • The final professional portfolio will be released. 

What is the expected salary in this field?

Remunerations in this field depend upon the employer and the field.

The annual average salary is Rs 2,00,000/yr

What is the career scope in this field?

  • Film studios

  • Classical dance training centers.

  • Modern dance training centers.

  • Western dance training centers.

  • Fusion dance training centers. 

  • Theatre group. 

  • Ad agencies as a choreographer. 

  • Open his or her own dance school.

  • Work as a dance teacher in a school.

  • Work as a dance teacher in a college. 

  • Work as a personal dance instructor. 

  • Work in personal music videos as a choreographer. 

  • Can work as a freelancer. 

Who are the top recruiters in this field?

  • Production Houses

  • Balaji Telefilms

  • Eros International

  • Mukta Arts

  • Rajshri Productions – Mumbai

  • R.K. Films

  • Trimurti Films

  • T-Series

  • UTV Motion Pictures

  • Yash Raj Films

  • Movie/Serial Directors

  • Show organizers

  • Schools

  • Universities

  • Kala Kendra / Cultural Centers

  • Music Video Production Houses (T series, UTV, Times etc)

  • Fashion Houses (Lakme fashion week, Rajasthan fashion Week, Delhi Fashion week)

What are some good books and study material? 

  • Online test series for joint entrance exams

  • The Fundamentals of Art History by Anne D’Alleva. 

  • Choreography as a visual art: Trisha Brown

  • Divine Choreography: Lynn Hayden

  • Creative elements: Merce Cunningham.

  • Music Fundamentals for Dance: Nola Holland.

  • Choreographing the Folk: Anthea Kraut.

Interesting facts

  • There are more than 14 types of classical and folk dance forms in India

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