Choreologists are specialised creators of dance in specific styles or traditions, such as ethnic dance, early dance or baroque dance. Their work is contextualised historically and sociologically as an expression of the human group that developed it. Choreologists analyse dance from intrinsic aspects: theory, practice and epistemology of movements in itself. They also study dance from the extrinsic perspective: the social, ethnological, etnographical and sociological context in which dance is developed.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to choreologist:

benesh notator
benesh movement notator
benesh choreologist
benesh dance notator
dance notator

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as choreologist. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Choreologist is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Choreologist career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to choreologist.

dance répétiteur

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of choreologist. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of choreologist with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of choreologist.

Labour legislation: Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.
Intellectual property law: The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.
Art-historical values: The historical and artistic values implied in examples of one’s branch of art.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of choreologist.

Act as a resource person in dance: Act as an expert consultant for choreographers, programmers, venues, conservatories, and other relevant institutions.
Monitor art scene developments: Monitor artistic events, trends, and other developments. Read recent art publications in order to develop ideas and to keep in touch with relevant art world activities.
Draw up choreography: Document and preserve the choreography of a production, the choreographer’s intention and vision.
Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts: Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.
Demonstrate specialisation in a dance tradition: Demonstrate an embodied understanding of dance and dance-making, and an informed artistic viewpoint of your chosen dance style, that enables you to reconstruct or create a choreographic work fully immersed in your selected dance tradition.
Log changes in choreography: Indicate any changes in choreography during a production and correct errors in notation.
Work with respect for own safety: Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.
Interpret artistic intentions: Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.
Work with broad variety of personalities: Be flexible and work with a broad mix of personalities.
Notate different dances: Use dance noting techniques to notate different forms of dance.
Evaluate art quality: Correctly evaluate the quality of art objects, artefacts, photographs and documents.
Manage artistic career: Present yourself and your artistic approach. Position your work in target markets. Promote and market yourself and your oeuvre.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of choreologist. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Be in touch with your body: The key aspects of applied anatomy, psychology, nutrition, physiology, and psychosocial studies and how they relate to the self-awareness of one’s body. 

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of choreologist. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Work in an international environment: Guide your career to an international level which often requires the ability to interact, relate and communicate with individuals from different cultures.
Inspire enthusiasm for dance: Encourage and enable people, especially children, to become involved in dance and to understand and appreciate it, either privately or in public contexts.
Analyse score: Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.
Manage artistic project: Manage an artistic project. Determine project needs. Establish partnerships. Manage the budget, schedule, contractual agreements and assess the project.
Show intercultural awareness: Show sensibility towards cultural differences by taking actions which facilitate positive interaction between international organisations, between groups or individuals of different cultures, and to promote integration in a community.
Teach dance: Instruct students in the theory and practice of dance, recreationally or with the aim of assisting them in pursuing a future career in this field. Deliver correcting instructions that support difference and pay attention to ethical codes of conduct around touch, personal space, and appropriate pedagogic methods as a tool to foster participants.

ISCO group and title

2653 – Dancers and choreographers





  1. Choreologist – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022