Dance

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The study of Dance is enriched by experiences in choreography, performance and appreciation. Through the creative process of choreography, students learn how patterns of movement are combined and structured in space with dynamics to create meaning, to express personal or social ideas and to tell stories. The skills of communication, improvisation, personal problem-solving, group decision-making, and planning and organising activities are developed in this artistic discipline.

Why Study Dance?

  • Frequent dancing improves you health and mind
  • Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different types of music and dance styles
  • Improve your technique as well as develop your personal expressive power to convey meaning through dance to an audience
  • Expand aesthetic awareness, creative process, and to give you a solid professional background in making dances.

Career Info

There are many paths to become a dance instructor. One thing to observe though is that most teachers are themselves current or former dancers. However, regardless of the particular style that dancers may have mastered, instructors must have a thorough understanding of dance. Dance instructors can improve their employability by broadening their knowledge of dance styles. Instructors may teach any number of dancing styles, including ballroom, ballet, breakdance, tap, tango, salsa, lambada, merengue, jazz, contemporary and traditional dance. They should be able to teach dancers to perform solos, partner or work with groups on stage.

  • Choreographer: Designs and directs dance routines and they also invent and perfect dance moves
  • Dance Director: Dance directors typically oversee the creative elements of a dance production, whether on stage or in film. They usually select the dances, dancers and choreographers
  • Rehearsal Director: Helps the choreographer run and schedule rehearsals and also gives the choreographer artistic feedback or criticism
  • Dance Teacher: Teaches the technique of dancing. The technique may be specific like Vaganova ballet, Graham, or Cunningham or the technique may be a conglomeration of the teacher’s own style and others.
  • Dance Therapist: Uses movement as a means of therapy for people with mental or emotional difficulties. Dance therapy can help people express themselves or release energy.

Dance majors can find jobs in dance studios, theatre studios, schools, colleges and universities that teach performing arts. The work hours of dance professionals vary. Ballroom dancers, for instance, usually work after office hours and during weekends while those teaching in schools could find themselves holding classes on weekdays. Experienced dance instructors may start their own dance companies or schools. Some choreographers work on a part-time basis for independent shows or full-time for dance companies.

Salary

The income for dance instructors depends on a multitude of factors, from where they work (in terms of both geographical location and employment site, such as a school or studio) to the style of dance they teach.

  • Senior Executive (min. RM2,500; avg. RM 3,000; max. RM3,600)
  • Junior Executive (min. RM2,000; avg. RM 2,300; max. RM2,800)
  • Fresh / Entry Level (min. RM1,500; avg. RM 1,700; max. RM1,800)

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