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Jobs in the performing arts sector

Clara: choreographerSaoirse: circusSophia: rockettesSophie: west end

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Contracts:For choreographers, work may be based around short contracts rather than a permanent job. Earnigs: minimum fee (up to 2 weeks' rehearsal) - £1,994.40. Weekly fee - £494.00. Daily rate - £160.50.Setbacks:Choreographers might feel "stuck" every now and then, struggling with lack of inspiration and/or motivation. Creative burnout and the pressure to always be "on" are also common strugles..

Qualifications:A background in dance (preferably as a performer) is more important than educational qualifications. Most choreographers start out as professional dancers or dance teachers. As with all artistic careers, getting in depends largely not only on your talent but also on successful networking. You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award to develop your skills.Choreographers could be:Working on a single production from the start, creating and developing the performance; working on more than one show at a time; helping audition dancers; teaching the performers their moves and rehearsing them; for some forms of dance, writing the steps and movements down; working with other professionals to choreograph fight scenes or theatrical stunts.Important skills:Creative imagination; a high level of dancing ability; knowledge of established dance steps and movements; knowledge of human anatomy; good spatial awareness; good memory to recall sequences of movements; good communication skills for working with people; an awareness of health and safety.


What setbacks could there be?Unpredictability of working schedule.- Risk of injury.Constant travel.Financial instability- not always getting paid for everything you do.

How long are the contracts?One to two year contracts at a very competitive salary. There are also different types of contracts so there can be temporary contracts were you are there for 3-6 months or an event contact which depends on the project you've signed up for.

What qualifications/skills are needed?

  • Very good physical fitness;
  • Good static and dynamic acrobatic vocabulary;
  • Couple of years experience in gymnastics;
  • Level 2 or level 3 in performing arts;
  • Good quality of movement.

What is their day to day role?Day to day tasks may include:performing your act, rehearsing, stretching, keeping fit, maintaining equipment you use in your act, travelling if you are with a touring company.

Circus acrobat

The Rockettes are a New York based precision dance team that perform a Christmas Spectacular show at the Radio City Music hall. There are a total of 36 women and four swings. It is required for them to be between 5’6 and 5’10.5.

What is their day to day role? During peak Christmas season (Nov-Dec), the Rockettes perform between two and four shows per day. During rehearsal time, They rehearse six hours a day, six days a week, for six weeks. During the off season, many of them pursue careers of professional dancers or actors. Additionally, they complete charity work such as visiting children's hospitals. What setbacks could there be? Every year, each performer is required to reaudition for the role. This may be a setback because if you are not actively working on your technique and stregnth/flexibility throughout the year, they will not get the job. Additonally, if you do not meet the height limit, you are unable to join.

What qualifications/skills are required? There are technically no qualifications required to become a Rockette, however you have to be extremely proficient in ballet, tap and jazz to audition. You learn these skills and audition skills through a large amount of training, which means that many Rockettes have degrees in performing arts such as dance or musical theatre. Also, some performers have to sing while dancing, but not all of them, meaning that vocal training and talent is helpful but not strictly required. They also have to be over the age of 18


To become a west end performer youll need to be very disciplined and resilient to rejection from casting directors, an excellent memory to learn scripts and songs- usually you will need to learn these quickly. determination and persistence is key.

Setbacks:Setbacks could include getting rejected at auditions or not being able to find shows to audition for trying to find an agent or even get onto a degree course to make the first step.

Qualifications:Whilist there are no specific qualfications needed to be an actor or performer, here are some skills you may want to consider to gain knowledge and experience: acting, musical theatre, drama and theatre arts, dance, actor-musician, voice. It is advised to do courses such as level 2 certificate in performing arts, level 3 extended diploma in performing arts-acting, A level in drama and theatre, level 4 diploma in speech and drama.Contracts:In the West End, contracts usually last from 6 months to a year depending on the show but it can change to longer or shorter. The performers work up to 8 times a week and normally 4 to 5 weeks before they open rehearsals periods. The minimum wage to West End performers in a venue with a capacity of over 1100 seats is $659. For 800-1099 seats is $632 and any fewer seats is $569. So, in a week they will earn around £2,034. if they our touring, They get money for accommodation as well. Understudy get a small weekly pay bump of £60. If you’re a dance captain you get an additional £464.60.Day-to-day role:A West End performers day to day role may involve: attending multiple auditions; keeping track of rehearsal timetables; travel; arrangements; performance times. They may also have a second or third job on the side. they usually only work evenings and weekends. Once they arrive at the theatre, they normally do their own hair and makeup unless wigs are used. They will also participate in a vocal and physical warmup before curtain up. If you are an understudy or swing your day will be very similar apart from when it comes to show time you will still be expected to go to the theatre in case someone becomes ill or gets injured and you have to go on, you also might get specific days you know your performing as the main cast member has booked the time of.

West End

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