Careers – Notation/Choreologist


A dance Notator/Choreologist is…

A highly skilled role, a dance Choreologist records dance movements on paper, in order to correctly preserve work and teach performers approved choreography. Hear more about Notation in this video from Ballet West, featuring Birmingham Royal Ballets Choreologist, Patrica Tierney.

What you need to do to work towards this role

Notators provide choreographers and dancers with a ‘choreographic score’ by recording dances on paper, or on the screen, in ways that can be understood by others. There are two methods of recording movement that are commonly used in the UK: Benesh and Labanotation.

Next steps

Find out more about notation and how it works by clicking here.

You can receive a full training to become a Choreologist (Benesh) at the Royal Academy of Dance. where you may typically focus on:

  • Elementary Solo (Reading) in Benesh Movement Notation
  • Module BMN1 on the CBMN programme
  • Score Reading for Dancers Part 2
  • Certificat de 1ère année awarded by the Conservatoire de Paris.


A dance choreologist works with

Dancers, Choreographers, Producers