Could you teach dance as a career?
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.