Careers in Dance and Choreography
Dance Troupe :
Dancing in a troupe is an exciting and very challenging assignment. “There are many people who are good soloists. But the demand for solo performers is very limited,” says Aditya.
Aditya says that anyone with a good sense of rhythm and flexibility can be a good dancer. “You need to understand dance and movements well. You need to intrinsically understand rhythm and music”, he explains.
You also need to be a good team player. “Since in a troupe you almost need to look like one entity, it is important to be a good team player”, adds Aditya.
Dance Schools :
There are many Dance Schools that provide dance training and many more that are mushrooming thanks to the growing demand for trained dancers.
The most popular are Shiamak Davar’s Salsa Dance Company, Sandeep Soparkar and Ashley Lobo’s Danceworx. These are primarily based in Mumbai. However, Salsa now has centres all over the country.
The courses are announced either through a newspaper or you could call to check on the next course dates.
All these institutes have websites that announce the dates of the courses.
What do you learn?
There are many who believe that you can learn any dance form as long as you learn rhythm and flexibility. Some of the people in my troupe have also learnt classical dance”, explains Aditya. However, he recommends that you need to know a few of the Western forms like Salsa, Jive, Foxtrot, Waltz, Samba, Rumba, Tango, and such. “That gives you the entire spectrum. Each dance form teaches you a new aspect, hence the more you learn the better your performance”, Aditya explains. Dance classes focus on warm – up and exercises too.
Remuneration and Course Fees :
The course fees range from Rs.2,000 to Rs.4,000 for Western classical dances. Indian classical dance takes many Years to be mastered.
As for remuneration, you can charge anywhere from Rs.5,000 to Rs.25,000 for a 2 – hour performance. Based on the type of performance the charges vary, says Aditya.
What are the challenges you can face?
The key is to decide whether you want to make a career in dance. If yes, you will need to first get into shape, say experts.
Dancing involves long hours. “On an average we practice for an hour everyday and about four hours on the weekends. You have to stay fit to be able to have the stamina to perform, with a smile on your face”.
The other challenge is to get over stage fright. “I know many people who dance very well in closed set ups and during practice. The minute they are on stage, they freeze, they blunder”, he explains. The only way you can overcome that is by making up your mind that you are going to go ahead and do it. Dance has to be part of your body movements. Eventually, it just becomes a part of you.
Plot a Career
Rigorous training and promotion is the key to success, says Aditya, he has plans. “Currently we are a loosely held troupe. Once we are through with our academics (that’s a familial request), we intend setting up our own company”.
To succeed you have to innovate and entertain. “The key is to do things that impress people – you have to take care of the ‘wow’ factor. This is showbiz and you have to give it the attention it needs”.
More Tips :
- You have to feel confident and look confident.
- You have to dress for success.
- You need to constantly market yourself and your company.
- You need to be able to put in 18 – 20 hours of work everyday.
- You need to regularly upgrade your skills by learning newer forms from around the world.