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Dancing and music are in your blood. You cannot live without them. Above all, you're creative. Whenever you close your eyes, you could see all those dancers on a stage performing the routines that you created last month. 

For quite some time, you've been contemplating to become the person behind all those dances and performances. Tap, jeté, pás de deux or grapevine are second nature to you, after all.

Wait a minute, isn't a choreography career so hard to break into? You might think that you're no Martha Graham nor Alvin Ailey (perhaps not even a Paula Abdul), but the myth of choreography as the unattainable dream is completely false. 

More than ever before, people are fascinated by dancing. Almost all video clips and life shows have background dancers. There are also so many dance schools and studios at every street corner.

The latest TV show frenzy Dancing with the Stars is a good example. For instance, as soon as Kelly Monaco won this reality TV competition, she became an inspiration for young girls and teenagers to develop their dancing skills. Yet many didn't credit the "master behind those glam," the choreographer.

This exciting phenomenon shows that behind every performance, there is a single individual who made this happen. Behind every successful dancer is also this individual. He or she is a choreographer.

A choreographer is the "composer" of musical and other rhythmic performances, which are mostly dances. However, today many "choreographers" do more than choreographing dance performances.

From those simple runway walks by super (and not-so-super) models to those artistic kung fu fights performed by Ziyi Zhang, David Carradine, Keanu Reeves and Jet Lee, all need the help of one or more choreographers.

Now do you need to live where those Broadway shows and movies are produced? Fortunately, this notion has long gone. You don't need to live in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Chicago just to survive.

You can live and work as a choreographer wherever you are, including in smaller cities, as long as there are:
Production houses (videos and advertisements)
Corporations (working as a corporate choreographer)
High schools and colleges (working as cheerleading choreographer or dance teacher)
Sport teams (working as cheerleading choreographer)
Night clubs
Cruise ships
Hotels and resorts
Fitness gyms
Stunt events
Acrobatic troupes
Circus troupes
More importantly, you don't need to get educated at expensive dance schools, like Julliard, either. Depending on the type of dance you'll be choreographing, there are tons of community resources for you to learn from (some of them are even free). 

The key is choosing the type of choreography that you're completely passionate about and familiar with. For instance, if you're good with modern jazz dance, focus on it. Be the best in the field by learning continuously. 

Today, breaking into as a choreographer is easier than before. With sufficient preparation on what you're going to encounter, you should be able to break into and succeed in this growing field with confidence. Breaking Into and Succeeding as Choreographer contains most, if not all, the information needed to secure your first gig. It also prepares you to begin your own studio or troupe.

If dancing and choreographing are in your blood but you prefer not to plunge into traditional choreography, there are many avenues to consider (these are called "alternative choreography"): 
Choreography for the Disabled
National Cheerleading Competition Routine Developer
Broadway and Off-Broadway Production Choreographer, Choreography for Theater
Stunt Choreography
Choreography for Television, Choreography for Music Videos
Choreography for Dance Competitions
Choreography in Nightclubs and Revues
Cruise Ship Review Choreography
Island Resort Revue Choreography
Choreography for Concert Performers
Teaching Choreography at the Secondary or College Level
Choreography in Theme Parks
Choreography and Acrobatic Acts
Choreography and Fitness 

This eGuide provides insightful information, advices and tips for anyone who is contemplating to become a choreographer. Numerous hard-to-find resources are included to help you locate pertinent information.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is pleased to announce the CCP Ballet Competition 2018 which will be held on November 15 & 17, 2018 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

The competition is open to male and female ballet dancers in the Junior or Senior category who will compete in the rendition of a classical variation and a contemporary piece.

The Junior category is open to ballet dancers from 13 years old to 18 years old by November 14, 2018. The Senior category is open to ballet dancers from 19 years old to 25 years old by November 14, 2018.

For more information, please contact:
CCP Artist Training Division at (02) 832 1125 Local 1604 / 1605 or email

Join the CCP Ballet Competition 2018! Competition guidelines and application form are now available on their website.

Spreading happiness through dance. Batch 2 Dance Workshop of the country’s premier dance company isn't over yet. Come and join the G-Force Project 2018 Sembreak Dance Workshop!

Last 2 remaining classes for October is on October 20 & 21, 2018 at SM Aura Premier.

Students will showcase their mastery on October 27, 2018 at the Mercalco Theater.

G-Force was created in 2005, headed by their Artistic Director Georcelle Dapat Sy or Teacher Georcelle.

The G-Force Project is the brainchild of the group which offers dance classes of various genres to share their dance talent to the public, spearheaded by homegrown choreographers. Classes they offer are as follows:
  • Jazz
  • Hip-Hop
  • Street Hip-Hop
  • Sexy Hip-Hop
The group regularly performs in A.S.A.P and other special projects of ABS-CBN. You can also catch them up on local concert scenes here in the Philippines and abroad. 

To know more about the group, you may reach them at:

A: G-FORCE Dance Center Unit 104 & 105, Corporate Building, 101 Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City, Philippines
M: 0917-843-6723(GFORCE) / 0998-523-6723(FORCE)

Are you ready to battle the crown? Showcase your dance prowess this 2019 and join Prestige Dance Battle.

Registration is until November 10, 2018 only.

Registration fee is PhP 400 / dancer. Venue will be held at Tanghalang Pasigueno

MEGA CREW DIVISION (35-60 members)

CHAMP- 130,000 + Trophy
RANK 2- 50,000 + Trophy 
RANK 3- 30,000 + Trophy

OPEN DIVISION (10-30 members)
CHAMP- 120,000 + Trophy
RANK 2- 40,000 + Trophy 
RANK 3- 20,000 + Trophy

CHAMP- 12,000 + Trophy
RANK 2- 7,000 + Trophy
RANK 3- 5,000 + Trophy

Ticket Prices:

450 - Regular Seats
700 - VIP Seats


The Hyphy (pronounced, “High-Fee”) dance style originates from an energetic cultural and musical movement bearing the same name. It emerged at the turn of the millennium in the San Francisco Bay Area and is said to have gotten its name from the Bay Area rapper, Keak Da Sneak who coined the word when his mother used to describe him as “hyperactive” as a child. Sneak, shortened “hyper” to the now famous, “hyphy”.

Unlike the vocabulary of slang and activities associated with the culture, Hyphy dancing is mostly defined by an attitude or approach to dancing. Although the Hyphy dance style does not offer a series of signature dance moves, it is characterized by exaggerated, often silly, dance movements and is often described as acting "stupid" or "going dumb" thus speaking to the cultural expression of Hyphy’s somewhat subversive and carefree nature.

Musically, Hyphy dancers commonly dance to songs within a musical genre baring the same name. Hyphy music is closely compared with the musical stylings of southern America’s Crunk carrying a similar beat but offer more lyrical stylings than its southern counterparts.

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Also known as
Going Dumb, Getting Hyphy, Gettin Stupid, Going, 18 Dummy

Oakland Youth

Region of origin:
Oakland, Bay Area

Popularized by:
E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Goapele, "Closer", Side Shows, Oakland Youth

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