Dance Captain

What does a Dance Captain do?

What does a Dance Captain do?

The DANCE CAPTAIN leads the dancers in rehearsals and warm ups and ensures that the choreography is maintained at each performance. Dance captains usually know the movement and choreography for every character in a show. They typically are an ensemble member or a swing of the show.


Dancing | Ability to give direction | Think quickly | Maintain a choreographer’s vision throughout the run | Ability to remember multiple tracks


Dance training | Experience as a choreographer/assistant choreographer

How to become a Dance Captain

How to become a Dance Captain

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in dance as well as connections to alumni working on professional productions. Broadway dance captains often begin as dancers or performers themselves, transitioning to the dance captain role as they prove they can manage the responsibilities of a dance captain. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, workshops, amateur productions, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience as dancers.

American Theatre Wing’s “Dance Captain”

Bway Zone’s “Working on Broadway: Dance Captain”

Playbill's "Backstage With the Dance Captains at Carousel"