Is your site up to date with images, biography and good quality video links? Is it clear, uncluttered? Do you provide a contact email so that people can reach you? If not, create a new email for your website so you are easily reachable and emails don’t clog your personal email. Most people don’t want to fill in contact forms.
I spend a lot of my time mentoring choreographers at various stages of their careers. Some are starting out and seek to better understand how to break into the competitive US and overseas markets. Others are transitioning from dancer/choreographer to full-time freelance choreographer. Yet a third group are exploring breaking into the world of ballet from a contemporary/modern background. Many choreographers want to expand opportunities outside their home country base. There is no magic formula for making a full-time career as a choreographer. Times are currently very tough for both companies and choreographers around the globe. Not only is it a saturated market, but most companies are rescheduling work and not taking on new, live commissions. Still, eye-catching new work may pique the attention of an artistic director at any moment, so it’s best to be bold and be prepared.
Here are some basics to think about as you move forward as a choreographer:
DDP wishes to offer its sincere gratitude to the following individuals and organizations, who collaborated on this document.
- Ty Woodfolk
Director of Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
DDP Advisory Council Member
- Erin Sanchez
Manager of Health, Wellbeing, and Performance for One Dance UK
- Emma Lister
Podcast Host, MOVERS SHAKERS MOVERS
Co-Director, Makeshift Company
- Zoë Ashe-Brown
Podcast Co-Host, MOVERS SHAKERS MOVERS
- Whistle While You Work: Robyn Doty and Frances Chiaverini