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Choreographers arrange the dance sequences usually performed on stage by ballet dancers and modern dancers. They can create original dances, or new interpretations of traditional dances, for example the ballet "Swan Lake". Dance routines are seldom written down. Normally, choreographers are involved in the auditioning of performers and then instructing them at rehearsals to achieve the desired effect.

Choreographers work in a variety of settings, such as dance schools and studios, concert halls, dance company premises, theatres, television production stages, educational institutions and private studios.

Their working environments can range from modern, temperature-controlled facilities to older, more uncomfortable surroundings.

Satisfying Aspects
- being creative
- working with many different people
- working as part of a team
- work in a variety of settings, which may involve travel locally and abroad

Demanding aspects
- possibly having to work with temperamental people
- having to put in long hours before a performance
- working to strict deadlines
- uncertainty of finding work

- inspired, creative and an ear for music
- work well with others and as part of a team
- able to communicate well particularly in speech
- self-disciplined, patient, persevering and flexible
- devoted to dance and a sense of rhythm
- able to work to deadlines
- good health and physical stamina

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Visual Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts

Degree: A course in Dance is offered at UCT, US and Fine Arts at mosts universities.

Diploma: N.Dip (Fine Arts) - DUT, TUT, VUT, and a Dance Course at TUT.

- educational institutions
- dance companies
- theatres
- television and production companies
- self-employment, own studio

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