The Ballet Workshop, Inc.
1634 Railroad Street, Enumclaw WA 98022 (360) 825-2196
Did you ever wonder who owns the rights to the choreography you learn in the classroom or when you are preparing for a show? The link below will explain the answer to this question. What follows the link is an excerpt extracted from that article. As a student of The Ballet Workshop preparing for your school talent show, you need to request permission from the Director to use the choreography that you are learning in the classroom. If you are ever hired as a dance teacher and you are an employee of that organization, the choreography you create while employed is the property of the organization that hired you.
Just like copyrights to music and books, an employer working in the dance industry has copyright protection to the choreography created for their organization.
Do your research on copyright laws for dance and the next time you want to use your dance class routine in your school talent show (or anywhere else) think again; you need to get permission!
The “Owner” of the Choreography
Most choreographers start out in a “work for hire” or freelance situation: they are brought in to choreograph something small for a theme park, a small-time music video, or a commercial. In this case, the employer owns the work that the choreographer creates. As the person hired is technically an employee of the entity, that piece of work now belongs to the company that did the hiring.