Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I choreograph if I've never choreographed a piece before?

A: Yes! However, we require that you have performed in a large production before. Preferably in Steamboat Dance Theatre's Annual Concert


Q: What is the time commitment?

A: You need to choreograph on your own time. You will have rehearsals with your dancers starting the first week of October until Showtime February 9-11.  


Q: What type of genres can I choreograph?

A: Anything! We want a diverse show! Just make sure your choreography is unique. Please no youtube remakes, we want to see YOUR movement.


Q: Do I have to pay anything to be a choreographer?

A: You and your dancers will be responsible for raising sponsorships that pay for production cost and costuming. Any additional profits are allocated toward scholarships for community dancers of all ages who are unable to pay for dance classes. Traditionally choreographers do provide small gifts for their dancers to thank them for their participation at the end of the production, this should be the only cost to the choreographer.


Q: Can I use a song with profanity?

A: This is a community event. Please keep your music and movement appropriate for all ages. One of our shows is dedicated to families with small children (matinee on Saturday February 11th).


Q: Do I have to create movement to a specific concept?

A: Yes! We want to tie the show together with one overall concept. This year our concept is 'The Human Condition' (copy and paste explanation here). We encourage you to be as concrete or abstract as you want within the confines of this concept. If you are struggling to come up with an idea for this concept please let us know! Your Production Team is here to help!


Q: What skill level are the dancers I would be working with?

A: Because this is a community event we have dancers of all levels performing! We have pieces that are All levels, and pieces that are Intermediate/Advanced dancers only. All pieces will have an audition time assigned. Choreographers and PT will cast dancers into appropriate pieces for their ability level. We prefer new choreographers to choreograph all level pieces unless they have extensive choreography backgrounds.

*Some dates are subject to change. 


Q: How do I apply stage makeup?

A: Download the file below for a great explanation of what tools you need and how to apply stage makeup correctly. For additional sources, check out YouTube! 

Stage Makeup 101
Learn what tools are needed and how to use them to apply stage makeup correctly.
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Q: What does "audition my piece" mean? 

A: Each choreographer will have to present at least eight- 8 counts of material/movement to the Production Team. The Production Team may also ask you to teach part of your material in order to evaluate your teaching skills.