Dance is one of the most ancient forms of art, running through every civilization of the earth. It is described as the movement of the body in different postures with music. The dancers give expression to different moods and emotions like joy, sorrow, anger, love, laughter etc. through body movements and facial expression. Dancing is an inherent quality of man. He loves to dance either to express his emotion or simply out of delight in the rhythmic movement of the body. A dance performer skilfully designs, arranges and synchronises the body movements to express human emotions which please and overwhelm the spectators. Therefore, Choreography is the skilfully and artistically designed body movements and steps to express human emotions. 

Choreography is widely used in cinema, theatre, musicals, fashion shows, dance shows etc. In India, there are several institutions which conduct undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Dance Choreography. In this article, we have tried to provide you with information about the Dance Choreography course.

Eligibility Criteria to Pursue Dance Choreography

Dancing is a performing art needs years of training and practice. To pursue the undergraduate course in Dance Choreography, the candidates must have completed their 10+2 Board examination with 45% marks in aggregate (40% marks for reserved category candidate). Those who have appeared for their class 12 Board examination may also apply for the course, but they have to submit the final mark sheet of the Board examination at the time of admission. 

Again to pursue a postgraduate programme in Dance Choreography, the candidates must finish their undergraduate course in Dance Choreography.

Besides, there is a certificate course for six months and Diploma course for 1 or 2 years.  

Skills required to be a Dance Choreographer

To be a Dance Choreographer the aspirant must have a special inclination towards dancing. He/she must know all the steps and forms of dancing. Besides, he/she must possess a creative mind to innovate new style and movements for dancing. Here, we have listed down the skills required to be a Dance Choreographer in the form of a table:

Knowledge of Dancing

Must know the steps and different forms of dancing

Creativity and Innovation

Should have  a creative mind and can innovate new dance steps and style

Hard Working Skill

Ability to work hard and for hours

Discipline and Punctuality

Should be disciplined and punctual

Patience and Concentration

Must possess immense patience and concentration to watch others performing

Team working Skill

Ability to work with others and in a team

Admission Procedure and Fees

The admission to the three years undergraduate course in Dance Choreography is done based on merit in the Class XII Board examination. But some institutes arrange for Personal Interview to test the candidates’ basic knowledge in dancing. The candidates have to apply to the respective colleges for admission. Similarly, the admission to the two years postgraduate course is done based on the marks obtained at the undergraduate level. 

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Dance Choreography Course Structure and Syllabus

The Dance Choreography undergraduate course has been structured to provide in-depth knowledge of different dance forms and hands-on training. The three years’ course has been divided into six semesters. Each semester follows a different curriculum. Dance Choreography being a performing art, the candidates have to undergo rigorous training and practice to master the art. In the dance institutes, they receive training and guidance from the expert faculties. We have put down the syllabus contents for the benefits of the students below:

  • Choreography 1: Constructing the Body

  • Movement Techniques: Codified practice level 1

  • Movement Technique and Improvisation: Somatic Practice

  • New Media and Performance Practice

  • Collaborative Practice 1

  • Choreography 2: Body as a conscious site

  • Movement techniques: Codified practice level 2

  • Movement Techniques: Contact Improvisation

  • Dance on camera: Practice of Screen Dance

  • Collaborative Practice 2: Sound and Site

  • Choreography 3: Final Independent Project

  • Movement Techniques: Codified Practice Level 3

  • Movement Technique and Improvisation: Further Development of Somatic Skills

  • Formation of a company to work with a professional Choreographer

  • Professional Portfolio: The Enterprising Artist

Job and Career Scope in Dance Choreography

The candidates who have pursued the Dance Choreography course always find a plethora of job opportunities at the end of their course. Since the vista of the entertainment world is ever increasing there is no dearth of jobs for the choreographers. They may join film studios, theatre groups, classical dance training centres, and educational institutes etc. After sustaining for a few years in the industry, they will accumulate experience and can start working as a freelancer. They may set up their dance academy and teach students online also.

The salary of the choreographer remains low at the beginning of their career. But over the years their salary increases and they can earn lakhs of rupees in a month even. In the table below, we are providing some idea about the average income of the choreographers:

Job Profile 

Average Income per Annum

Dance Director 

Rs. 9-10 lakhs

Assistant Dance Director

Rs. 5-6 lakhs

Dancer

Rs. 3-4 lakhs

Dance Teacher

Rs. 3-4lakhs

 

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Neha shukla

2022-02-03 20:21:31

I want colleges who provide fine arts, culinary arts, home Science and music and dance courses in Vadodara?

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Dharamveer Dheer

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Please visit ITM Vocational university, it curates many high-end programs in most of the fields. Regards.

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Neha shukla

2022-02-13 21:52:27

I want colleges who provide fine arts, culinary arts, home Science and music and dance courses in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan.

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

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I think you asked this question many times ago. This is so confusing as these all streams are so different you don't have to go every subject in one college so decide what you want on basis of your interest and to go further as your career.

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Neha shukla

2022-01-19 15:29:44

Can i apply at Banasthali University for fine arts, music and dance courses?

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pradeep kumar

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a month ago

Please write about the course name for which you wants to apply. However Banasthali University is offering the following levels of courses under Fine Arts. 1. Undergraduate level: B. Design & B.Arch2. PG Level: M. Design, M.A. (Music-Vocal/Instrumental, Drawing & Painting), M.A. (...Please write about the course name for which you wants to apply. However Banasthali University is offering the following levels of courses under Fine Arts.
1. Undergraduate level: B. Design & B.Arch
2. PG Level: M. Design, M.A. (Music-Vocal/Instrumental, Drawing & Painting), M.A. (Kathak Dance), M.A. (Textile Designing-Weaving/Printing)& M.Phil. Indian Music / Drawing and Painting.

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Tushar singh rajput

2021-12-20 07:59:54

What are the courses available in singing and dance field? Which are the institutes for the same?

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konatham Abhishek

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a month ago

Dear Tushar
Bechalor, master, master of philosophy, Diploma, post Diploma, advanced Diploma, Certificate courses in singing and dancing. B.A. /BFA, MA/MFA and colleges are mainly you found in Maharashtra or Andhra Pradesh mainly. Thank You!

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KUSHAGRA VERMA

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

You can do Bechalor, master, master of philosophy, Diploma, post Diploma, advanced Diploma, Certificate courses in singing and dancing. B.A. /BFA, MA/MFA and colleges are mainly you found in Maharashtra or Andhra Pradesh mainly 1: aarabhi the centre for performing arts (Hyderabad) 2:aaroha the vo...You can do Bechalor, master, master of philosophy, Diploma, post Diploma, advanced Diploma, Certificate courses in singing and dancing. B.A. /BFA, MA/MFA and colleges are mainly you found in Maharashtra or Andhra Pradesh mainly 1: aarabhi the centre for performing arts (Hyderabad) 2:aaroha the voice clinic (Mumbai) 3: nalanda nritya Kala mahavidhyala (Mumbai) 4:veve dance (Mumbai) 5:bhartiya vidhya bhawan (Bangalore) you can try there.

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