A good dance training is important to any choreographer. Many choreographers begin as professional dancers in a company and first gain experience of touring, performing and creating work. Some students form their own companies after graduating from college or university as an introduction to the industry. Most of the vocational training and degree courses offer choreography as part of their training but it is also essential to develop skills through experience. When developing work as a choreographer it is important initially to get your work seen as much as possible and get as much feedback and advice as you can. It can be a good idea initially to find a mentor for guidance and support. It is vital to see as much work as possible to increase knowledge and awareness of styles, and to keep up to date with current dance practice to influence your work.
Dance UK’s Choreographers’ Directory has a listing of experienced freelance choreographers http://www.danceuk.org
Telephone interview with Keira Martin, Dancer and Choreographer on 26 January 2009 (audio)
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