About the Industry

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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.

Job Summary

  • Showing students how to warm up and move safely
  • Demonstrating how to perform dance moves
  • Designing dance pieces and performances
  • Deeping records of students performance and progress
  • Providing feedback to students
  • Entering students for dance exams
  • Teaching the theory of dance
  • Maintaining your own dance skills and techniques

Skills Required

  • 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
  • Ability to control groups of pupils
  • Business skills (if self-employed)

Qualifications & Training

Many dance teachers work towards qualifications awarded by organisations that have been validated by the Council for Dance and Education Training (CDET). This means that they can then enter their own pupils as candidates for dance exams. These schools are quality inspected by the CDET. Validated schools include the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Salary Expectations

Salaries vary as many dance teachers are self-employed. However, those employed in a school can expect to start at around £22,000