Could you teach dance as a ca­reer?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Scotcareers - Re­cruit­ment

Has the ex­cite­ment of Strictly Come Danc­ing made you con­sider turn­ing your pas­sion for dance into a ca­reer?

If so, there are ways of be­com­ing a dance in­struc­tor.

To teach you will need to be a qual­i­fied teacher sta­tus (QTS) to teach in a state school.

At least a Level 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion in dance, and a rel­e­vant teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, to be a lec­turer in a fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­lege.

A post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion or a recog­nised pro­file as a pro­fes­sional per­former, and teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be a lec­turer in a univer­sity.

To be a pri­vate dance teacher, you’ll usu­ally need an ap­proved qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the sub­ject you want to teach from the Coun­cil for Dance and Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing (CDET). The skills you need in­clude: • Danc­ing abil­ity. • Ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion

skills • Pa­tience. • Knowl­edge of dance no­ta­tion - the writ­ten sys­tem for record­ing dance move­ment. • The abil­ity to con­trol groups

of pupils. • Busi­ness skills (if self

em­ployed). • You’ll train stu­dents to be­come pro­fes­sional dancers or help peo­ple to learn more about dance and move­ment. • You’ll teach dance, tap,

mod­ern or ball­room. • You’ll de­sign or chore­o­graph dances rou­tines for your pupils, de­pend­ing on the job. • Your day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties will

in­clude: • Show­ing stu­dents how to

warm up and move safely. • Demon­strat­ing how to

per­form dance moves. • De­sign­ing dance pieces and

per­for­mances. • Keep­ing records of stu­dents’

per­for­mance and progress. • Pro­vid­ing feed­back to

stu­dents. • En­ter­ing stu­dents for dance

ex­ams. • Main­tain­ing your own dance

skills and tech­niques.

Many pri­vate dance teach­ers are self-em­ployed, run­ning their own busi­ness or work­ing free­lance for sev­eral dif­fer­ent schools.

The salary can range from £22,300 to £24,000 (newly qual­i­fied teacher) up to £33,000.

If you’re a school teacher you’ll work school hours from Mon­day to Fri­day.

You’ll also have evening com­mit­ments like at­tend­ing re­hearsals, per­for­mances and par­ents’ evenings.

As a pri­vate teacher you’ll have classes dur­ing the day, evening, and week­ends.

You’ll also need to work at the week­end for dance events and per­for­mances. You’ll work in class­rooms, halls and dance stu­dios. Fa­cil­i­ties can be quite ba­sic in some venues.

In a school you could be­come a head of depart­ment, a head of fac­ulty or a head teacher.

As a pri­vate dance teacher you could de­velop your own busi­ness and run your own dance school.

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