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How Can You Teach Dance as a Choreographer?

By Jon, published on 24/04/2018 We Love Prof - IN > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Become a Dance Teacher

A lot of Brits dream of being able to live off their passion for dancing. Thousands of dancers in the UK could earn a living by becoming an educator and finding teacher jobs. On Superprof, you can put together a profile in just a few clicks and start finding students who want to dance.

Some tutors might struggle with putting together their first classes since they mightn’t have the same teaching techniques as a professional dancer.

Before you dive in, you should make sure you have the right certification that employers are searching for. Whether you want to teach a jazz, hip hop, ballroom, or contemporary dance class, etc., here’s our advice for those wanting to start teaching private dance tutorials.

Where Can You Teach Private Dance Tutorials?

If you want to teach dancing, you need to find the right place to do it.

Where can dance teachers work? You can work either as a private tutor, in a school, college, or at a university. (Source: Vladislav83)

Those just starting out often struggle to find the right place to teach their tutorials. They often get discouraged thinking that they can’t teach people how to dance when it’s actually just the place they’re in. However, there are plenty of places offering dance teacher jobs to qualified and talented dancers.

There are two choices for an aspiring dance tutor to make when it comes to how they’ll get paid:

  1. As an employee
  2. Self-employed

As an employee, you’ll enjoy the same benefits as employees in other fields: a contract (usually full time), fixed hours, a salary, etc. For these jobs, the applicant usually has to put together a CV or resume and apply to the job. Then the candidate has to hope that the company or institution hiring takes a look at their application and that recruitment calls them in for an interview.

When a dance teacher decides to work as a paid employee, they have a lot of options. The following types of places are recruiting energetic and dynamic dance teachers:

  • Regional conservatoires
  • National conservatoires for music and dance
  • National music and performing art schools
  • Certified dance schools
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Dance associations
  • Private agencies offering dance classes

Some dancers are looking for more flexibility and freedom when it comes to their work and prefer to become self-employed than to work for a single employer.

Motivated self-employed dance instructors can provide dance tutorials for all levels (classes for children and teens, adult classes, couples’ classes, etc.). They also won’t have a third-party eating into part of their earnings; they can earn a living by providing weekly dance tutorials or intensive dance courses.

Furthermore, self-employed dance instructors can also work towards opening their own dance academy, school, or dance company. Of course, this can come with more administrative tasks than your typical dance instructor is used to. You may have to hire dance studios if you don’t have your own space as well as manage the finances of your new business (or find an accountant to do this for you).

You could even go into a partnership with another enthusiastic dance tutor or administrator to make things easier.

A private dance teacher could put together their own group of dancers and organise shows, performances, or workshops for their favourite dance styles. Rather than searching for a job and doing an audition, you get to be recruiter.

There are plenty of ways to teach dancing in a professional capacity, it just depends on how you want to do it and what your expectations are. If you have a lot of free time, you can do this part time alongside another teacher job.

Qualifications, experience, the style of dance… There are many different factors to consider when it comes to teaching dance. By offering private tutorials on Superprof, anyone can get their dance classes on the market, regardless of the aforementioned factors. Start creating your profile today!

How Much Should You Charge Per Hour for Dance Tutorials?

This is a common issue faced by dance tutors: working out how much they should charge for an hour of dance tutorials.

How much do private dance tutorials cost? If you’re offering a unique style of dance, you can look to charge more for your tutorials. (Source: sasint)

You need to work out a fair rate for what you’re offering as an instructor. Low rates tends to put students off who might believe that you’re inexperienced or unskilled, regardless of whether you actually are or not.

High rates will also put off beginners who mightn’t be willing to pay such an amount for their new hobby or aren’t yet sure whether or not this is something they’ll commit to in the long term. You need to therefore find the right balance while earning enough money and remaining competitive. Private dance tutorials generally cost between £15 and £30 per hour.

A private dance tutor could earn the same hourly rate as someone at a music school with their weekly dance tutorials. In some cases, they might even earn as much as double if their students keep coming back. The most important thing is to get regular and loyal students who keep coming back for more lessons because they find them fun and educational.

Here are some of the things you need to take into account when deciding upon your hourly rates:

  • Where the lessons take place
  • Your qualifications as a teacher
  • Your experience and the student’s experience
  • Your experience as a tutor and the type of instruction and choreography
  • The average rates of the style of dance you’re teaching
  • The equipment you provide to your students
  • The type of facility where the lessons take place (dance hall, gym, classroom, etc.)
  • Loyalty bonuses
  • Student feedback and testimonials
  • Your reputation as a dance tutor

It’s very easy to find the average rates of dance classes on Superprof: you just need to do a quick search for the type of dancing discipline you want to teach and where you’re going to teach it.

You don’t necessarily have to teach students from where you live, either. Dance tutors can also offer online dance tutorials via Skype to students all over the country and the world. In order to set your rates as a private tutor, you should take into account both the content of your lessons as well as your experience as a tutor. You should also consider teaching what you’re passionate about to budding dancers!

Qualifications for Dance Tutors

Should you get a qualification or not? That is the question!

You can still teach private dance tutorials without qualifications if you have the necessary teaching skills to effectively transfer your knowledge of the craft to aspiring dancers.

On Superprof, you don’t necessarily need to have any dance qualifications to create your own tutor profile. Plenty of students say they prefer tutors with experience over tutors with qualifications!

Nevertheless, if you want to teach in a dance academy, you’ll probably need official or recognised qualifications. In fact, these types of qualifications will act as proof of both your experience as well as your teaching skills and knowledge of the history of dance.

Here are some of the different dance qualifications you’ll need to be dance academy, conservatoire, or school teacher:

  • You’ll need at least a level 3 qualification (A Level) in dance or performing arts.
  • It doesn’t hurt to have qualified teacher status (QTS) if you want to teach students about dance as part of a secondary school curriculum.
  • You’ll need a postgraduate qualification in dance or performing arts if you want to teach at universities and/or conservatoires.

As you can see, you may have to study an awful lot if you want to become a lecturer in a famous dance academy or school of dance.

Additionally, you won’t just walk into one of these institutions the second you have your qualifications, you’ll be expected to have a lot of experience, too.

Furthermore, obtaining these qualifications can take a lot of time. An undergraduate degree generally takes 3 years to complete and a postgraduate degree is 1 year. The PGCE (for those who are also considering teaching in state schools) also takes a year to complete.

Once you’ve done all that, you’re ready to go (once you’ve got some experience!).

Prepare Your First Dance Tutorial

If you want to offer quality dance tutorials, you’re going to have to carry out an appraisal of your professional goals.

How do you plan private dance tutorials? You need to make sure that your classes are both fun and educational. (Source: habanera)

Some tutors fall into the trap of offering the most popular types of dance classes. For example, contemporary dance classes, modern jazz classes, and ballet classes are popping up everywhere due to just how popular they are. This means it’s also very difficult to stand out from the crowd of other teachers offering exactly the same classes.

If you want to become a reputable dance tutor, being original is a huge advantage.

Whether you’re teaching at an academy or as a private tutor, tutors offering rarer styles such as kizomba, Oriental dance, Viennese waltz, etc. are often in demand.

The tutor should also work out what level they’re going to teach (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) in order to make sure that their lessons meet the expectations of their students.

On Superprof you can provide tutorials for a variety of different styles such as:

  • Tap Classes
  • Sports Dance Classes (Zumba, etc.)
  • Argentine Tango Classes
  • Cuban Salsa or Puerto Rican Salsa Classes
  • Hip Hop Dance Classes
  • Cha Cha Cha Classes
  • Swing Classes
  • Flamenco Classes
  • Bachata Classes
  • Oriental Dance Classes
  • Ragga Dancehall Classes
  • Ballroom Dance Classes
  • Bollywood Dance Classes

Our advice is to offer variations on each style to help you stand out from the crowd and attract more students.

Before starting their first dance tutorial, tutors should pay particular attention to their teaching style. The first lesson is generally an introduction to the course and the tutor will need to show the student how they’re going to achieve their goals and help them reach the level they want.

The tutor should also probably look at reserving a dance hall or preparing their own personal dance studio. The equipment needed will depend on the student and the style of dance so the tutor might also consider offering equipment to students for free (having taken this into account when deciding upon their rates).

Finally, the tutor should brush up on the subject matter before each lesson so that they’re ready to teach every student without running into any problems.

Find out more about preparing your dance lesson plans.

Becoming a Ballet Teacher

Being a ballet teacher is one of the hardest dance teacher jobs to get. You have to have had years of dance training as a child and complete your dance education at a recognised institution before you start applying to vacancies.

That said, there’s always demand for teachers and lots of children at some time or other want to learn how to become a ballet dancer. If you have the talent and the commitment, ballet is the way to go.

The Best Tools for Teaching Dance Tutorials

Where would a teacher be without their professional equipment?

What tools does a private dance tutor need? Why not offer flamenco courses? (Source: 821292)

Before offering private dance tutorials, tutors need to choose where they’re gong to teach as well as the clothes and shoes they’re going to need when they do. Furthermore, the tutor will also need to provide the music for their lessons. Of course, they can bring their own music or ask their student what kind of music they’d like to learn to dance with.

The tutor can also use a variety of teaching resources when preparing and teaching their tutorials. In addition to the different exercises in class, teaching resources can be used by tutors at any point during their lessons (given that they’ve planned to use them then).

To prepare a dance tutorial, tutors can use one or any of the following resources:

  • Online Dance Tutorials
  • Dance Applications
  • Online Dance Videos
  • Educational Programmes for Learning to Dance
  • Dancing Guides and Literature
  • Online Dance Exercises, etc.

Employers are posting new jobs all the time, make sure you’re ready for them to hire you!

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