Are you an aspiring choreographer who has great ideas and a ton of passion, but no idea how to get involved? Keep reading!
It can be kind of tricky making people aware of your ability and passion for choreography. So many artistic opportunities come from knowing the right people, so how do you get your start?
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Get involved with your local community musical theatre group.
This will likely be a volunteer opportunity, but it will get you (dare I say it?) exposure. And it’s a good place for exposure because it’s community theatre! Everyone is there just because they love the arts.
Put your name forward to dance instructors.
Some dance teachers need additional choreographic help with the high number of solos they need to create and are willing to pass it on to another choreographer. If teaching dance is also up your alley, that’s a sure way of getting to choreograph every year.
Once you’re in the dance teacher game, make friends! If other opportunities outside of the competitive dance world come up, you might get a call from one of your dance teacher buddies.
Offer your services to non-dancers.
This means offering to choreograph wedding dances, flash mobs, and anything for private events. Being willing to offer these services will widen your potential client pool big time.
Tell you friends and family.
Word of mouth is real, friends. Firstly, your friends and family might hire you for some choreography. Secondly, hopefully they’ll run into someone who’s thinking about hiring a choreographer and they’ll say, “Hey, my friend is a choreographer, I could give you her email address!”
Start a YouTube/Facebook/Instagram account.
Set up a new page or account and start posting snippets of your own choreography. It can be just you dancing to begin with. But being social online will get your name out there and get people to start associating your name with choreography.
Join a dance organization.
In my province we have a non-profit organization that provides members with access to the newsletter and the member roster, which means people in the industry will at least start to recognize your name even if they don’t actually know you. Plus, you’ll be able to find more ways to get involved, whether it’s by supporting other choreographers or showing up to workshops.
Host your own dance workshop.
Most dance workshops involve choreographing a combination for dancers to learn. It’s a great way to show off your choreography skills and get your name out there without asking people to commit to more than a day.
Put on your own show.
Want to be known for your choreography? Choreograph a show! It might be small at first, but it’ll be a great way to show off your skills and show the industry that you’re serious about this goal of becoming a choreographer.
Having contacts is going to be the biggest thing for getting your name out there. But that’s why you need to start telling people you’re a choreographer, whether that’s by simply talking to them, asking them if they need your expertise, or just showing them.
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Enjoy the journey!