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Dance Teacher

Dance teachers train and develop their pupils in all types of dance. They work with individuals and groups of all ages.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Dance Teacher do?

Dance teachers train and develop their pupils in all types of dance. They work with individuals and groups of all ages.

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Work activities

As a dance teacher, your work could involve:

  • demonstrating safe warm up and movement practices
  • showing students how to perform individual moves
  • teaching the theory of dance
  • creating dance displays and routines
  • keeping records of students’ performance and progress
  • give students feedback on their progress
  • put forward students for dance exams and assessments
  • preserving and improving your own dance skills and techniques.

You could be training students to become professional dancers or helping people to learn more about dance and movement so they can improve their health and well-being. You could teach one or more forms of dance, such as ballet, contemporary dance, tap, modern or ballroom.

You would need to be able to design or choreograph dances routines for your pupils, depending on the job. You may also need to know about anatomy and physiology, and subjects such as the history of dance or dance notation - the written system for recording dance movement.

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Key skills and interests

To become a dance teacher, you would need:

  • good practical ability in dance and music
  • an understanding of health and safety to prevent injury
  • patience
  • good communication and people skills
  • the ability to motivate people and encourage them to succeed
  • the ability to control groups of pupils.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In an education environment, you would work a standard school week. There would also be some evening commitments, including rehearsals, performances or parent/teacher interviews.

Within a dance company or as a private teacher, classes would be during the day, usually also the evenings and at weekends. 

Performances are often at weekends, regardless of whether you work within education or as a private teacher. 

Conditions

You could work as a dance teacher in different sectors, including as a teacher in a primary or a secondary school. As a private dance teacher you would usually work for yourself.

Your working environment could include classrooms, leisure centres, halls and dance studios. Facilities can be quite basic in some venues.

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How to become an Dance Teacher?

Entry Level Education

Dance teachers generally have many years’ dance experience.

As well as dance ability, most dance teachers need a minimum of a bachelor's degree, with preference given to those with a degree in dance or performing arts. A dance teacher may also be required to continue professional development to maintain an understanding of current dance trends and techniques. Most employers seek prospective dance teachers with a valid drivers’ licence.

Dance teachers need appropriate qualifications to teach in secondary schools or tertiary institutions.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

There are a limited number of opportunities available for both dancers and dance teachers.

Better opportunities for dancers and dance teachers exist in larger cities.

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