Dance Arranger

What does a Dance Arranger do?

What does a Dance Arranger do?

A DANCE ARRANGER is someone who works with the ORCHESTRATOR and the CHOREOGRAPHER to help arrange the music for a production’s dance breaks, sequences, and numbers. DANCE ARRANGERS are responsible for making sure the music works with the movements and dances of the ACTORS for musical and emotional support.

Skills

Understanding of Music and Choreography | Composing | Collaboration

Pathways

Experience and Training in Dance and Music Composition | Assisting | Associate – level positions

How to become a Dance Arranger

How to become a Dance Arranger

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in dance and music composition; however, it is rare to find a program specifically built for those hoping to be a Broadway dance arranger. Universities might offer opportunities to dance arrange school productions and take classes in both disciplines. Those just starting out may want to sit in on rehearsals (both dance and orchestra), look for professional opportunities to assist or shadow a dance arranger, and hone their music composition and theory skills.

Union/Professional Organization Affiliations
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Graduate Studies’ “The Craft of Broadway Dance Arrangers Trude Rittman and Genevieve Pitot”