Looks like you have to be quick on your feet to dance through this career.
[ Music ] Dance choreographer Shawn Green knows all the right moves.
We'll cross over, open the right and the left foot will step first. Again and then right foot will cross over.
I can do it. Shawn has been dancing since the eighth grade and while having great dance moves are important, being a choreographer involves much more.
Creating their own dance moves and then being able to relay it where as teaching the moves, they become into an art form for others to learn.
Choreographers can set their own schedules and they can vary widely. But when a show is near.
Every day of the week a choreographer is working, even if they're in the studio or not, they're working mentally. Getting physically ready for whatever it is that they came up with.
Many choreographers can acquire bachelor's or master's degree, but it's not necessary. Shawn recommends a variety of training. What if you come into your studio, you've never danced before but you have these huge dreams of being on Broadway. What do you do?
I would say take as many classes possible. The disciplines, as many disciplines as possible. Discipline meaning ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, African, popping, locking.
Most choreographers start off as dancers. As they build their reputation, it can lead to opportunities to choreograph. Like one of Shawn's former students.
I put him on board, he became a choreographer and now he's in New York and last month he just choreographed Bianace's audition piece for her next tour.
Competition for jobs is intense. Only the most talented may find regular work. But don't let that discourage you, there are opportunities in theater, TV, and music videos.
There's choreographers who teach all over the country for different artists, different workshops.
Your fancy footwork can make you a living.
If it's a well established studio, a choreographer can make 45 to 50 to 55 an hour.
Although good health and physical stamina are necessary, Shawn believes in other qualities as well.
Being self confident, having respect for others, knowing that you know you can accomplish your goal. Having a passion, having a heart.
One passionate choreographer you may be familiar with is Paula Abdul from her work with the Laker Girls to the piano scene in the movie Big, her fancy foot work has become a household name. If this looks like fun, maybe choreography is the career choice for you. I'm Shana for Youniversity.TV, I'll see you on the dance floor.
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