A Short Guide to Becoming a Dance Teacher

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Welcomes professions that turn passion into action, and teaching is top of the list. 

When we talk about sports teaching or fitness teaching, there’s always an outcome for multiple other people – goals to reach for the clients and students.

One of the most creative teaching skills is dance teaching.

Even if you have a massive love of dance, you might not be sure where to start to build your dance teaching career. So what does it take to become a dance teacher?

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Skills and qualities

Like most teachers, you need the skills and the passion to make sure that you can give your students the best. So make it as a dance teacher; you need to dance yourself or have a lot of experience in helping a dance teacher.

It is also worth keeping in mind that there are hundreds of different kinds of dance and you’ll need to decide which one it is you want to teach. For example, a ballet teacher will offer different classes and skills to a ballroom dance teacher or a street dancer. 

There are always hundreds of students who are ready to sign up for a dance class; being a dance teacher is still highly competitive, and it pays for you to be as qualified in your chosen dance as possible. Having the right certification like ballet teaching certification or Barre Certification is an absolute must when it comes to being competitive. 

Private or group
One of the most important decisions you will be required to make is if you prefer to have one-on-one sessions or take group lessons. You might also choose to work within a school setting or pre-existing dance school.

The type of dance you choose to take also impacts whether you take private one-on-one sessions; also, you can take a group.


If you have no experience of being a dance teacher, it can be very difficult to go from being a dancer to having your own studio. Ideally, you’ll have some sort of track record that any of your students can check and know that you do have the experience. 

It is also important that you understand all the processes and procedures of entering any of your students into dance competitions and that you are, as a studio or a teacher, a member of any governing bodies that can issue certifications and standards for your students.

Before you head out on your own and launch a studio or a solo operation, it can be a great idea to get in touch with a local dance studio and see if they need any weekend help. 

No matter how far along you are in your journey to becoming a dance teacher, most often, dance studios will be thankful for the help; keep in mind that you might need to volunteer your services for a short while. Still, it will help you get a good grasp of all of the skills that you’re going to need.

If you’re not quite ready to become a dance teacher, then here are a few other career options that you can consider: Here Are A Few Ideas On Changing Career Path


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