— Martha Graham
What better way to define dance. As an art form dance is an integral part of Indian culture. India has produced many internationally known dancers. Most of us enjoy dancing and many of the younger people now want to make it a full time career. If one has the aptitude and is willing to put a lot effort this is a very good career where one would earn while doing what they enjoy the most.
What do dancers do?
Dancers are artists who perform various types of dance forms. Indian classical forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak,kathakali etc. or contemporaray like Jazz or ballet. Dancers usually start their training early so as to build stamina and learn the various techniques. Important qualities of a dancer are flexibility, energy, grace, rhythm, etc.
To become a dancer one should get training and qualifications if one is serious about career a dancer. There are many dance associations that award certificates and many institutions that offer courses related to dance. People who can compose a sequence of dance are called choreographers. Usually anyone who is good in dancing in general, and very good in a particular dance form goes on to compose dance sequences. With a lot of Television Programs that are based on dance, choreography as a career is gaining ground. Most of the choreographers are absorbed in the entertainment industry. There are formal courses offering diploma and post graduate diplomas in dance and choreography.