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

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    Work Activities

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


    • Instructing

      Teaching others how to do something.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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    • Gross Body Coordination

      The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).


    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
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    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Dependability
    • Innovation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility


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