Dance is the visual translation of music into physical activity, and each move is carefully planned by a professional. These people are called choreographers, and they study dance for years before they are allowed an opportunity to do their work. Most of them are former dancers who have chosen to express their creativity in a new way, and they have the advantage of experience. Few people who do not understand the rigors of dance performance are able to become choreographers.
Creativity, dance knowledge and leadership ability are the keys to becoming a successful choreographer. Many of them begin with small dance numbers, and they must build their reputation if they want to advance to larger projects. Those who are successful can build a name that makes them desirable in many different areas, and they are often requested on big budget musicals for the stage and film projects.