Behind Every Step: Have You Got What It Takes to Be a Choreographer?

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Find out what skills are needed, what’s in a day’s work, and where choreography can take you. You’ll also learn about the history of dance and about dances performed around the world. From learning how to express yourself through music and dance to keeping your body healthy, choreography can help you dance your way to the top. The On the Job series lets you go behind the scenes of today’s hottest careers. You’ll discover what it takes to make it and how much fun the work can be!...
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Overview

Find out what skills are needed, what’s in a day’s work, and where choreography can take you. You’ll also learn about the history of dance and about dances performed around the world. From learning how to express yourself through music and dance to keeping your body healthy, choreography can help you dance your way to the top. The On the Job series lets you go behind the scenes of today’s hottest careers. You’ll discover what it takes to make it and how much fun the work can be!
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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The name of this "On the Job" series gives pause for reflection about whether choreography is not an art rather than a job. While the book does give information about the history and present world of dance, it is hard to imagine anyone aspiring to be a choreographer who is not already deeply involved in dance—and music, too. Still, for dance-lovers interested in some career in the field, this attractive little volume takes them into studios and backstage to see dancers rehearsing and to ponder on the skills needed to choreograph. Though Thompson does not stress the necessity for an intense knowledge of music and the works of other dance makers, readers are introduced briefly to the antiquity and variety of dance forms, as well as to three choreographers—Martha Graham, George Balanchine, and the contemporary English choreographer, Matthew Bourne. More technical are the sections on literal, non-literal, or abstract forms, dances based on musical structures, and types of dance notation. Job descriptions for the personnel of a dance company and of a theater might arouse interest in other non-performing aspects of dance, while a countdown from rehearsal to performance gives an idea of the complexity of actually staging a ballet or modern dance work. Thompson (or the fictional choreographer) offers five steps to follow "to become a choreographer," but the best advice is to learn everything about dance, music, art, and design, hope for exceptional talent and luck, while expecting unending perseverance and hard work. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Table of Contents

Time to Move! 4

How I Became a Choreographer 6

What Does a Choreographer Do? 8

Dance Through the Ages 10

The Body as an Instrument 12

The World of Dance 14

Famous Choreographers 16

Who's Who in a Dance Studio 18

The Creative Process 20

Get the Message Across 22

Setting the Stage 24

Shaping the Dance 26

Choreography Secrets 28

Visualization and Imagery 36

Rehearsals 38

Countdown to the Show 40

Showtime! 42

Follow These Steps to Become a Choreographer 44

Find Out More 46

Glossary 47

Index 48

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