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.

Experience

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

 

Networking Tips for the Self-employed

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One of the best ways to position yourself as an expert, get new clients and grow your business is to network. You need to learn how to make strong connections with people.
When you network, you put yourself in the midst of people who are your potential clients, those who are in the same niche as you and those you can partner with. With this in mind, you need to make good use of the opportunity you have to network with people. Because of the importance networking has to freelancers and small business owners, I’ve put together a few tips to make each networking experience profitable.
1.    Set a clear goal or purpose for networking
Although networking can be fun and quite informative, you should not forget the real reason why you’re doing it. For this reason you need to have a clearly defined goal you want to achieve at the end of the networking event or meetup. This will keep you focused and encourage you to be strategic about what you talk about and how you conduct yourself to achieve that goal. But remember to have fun in the process. It’s not necessary to be so formal while networking.
2.    Master your elevator pitch
I first heard about the elevator pitch on a Pro Blogger podcast. I have mastered it since then and use it every day to sign up new clients. When you walk up to people or when people approach you, it is likely that they’ll ask you what you do for a living or what business you’re into. Make sure that you know you have your elevator pitch ready. An elevator pitch is a short description of what business you’re into, what you do, who your clients are and what you do for them.
Take time to plan and rehearse your elevator pitch before networking. You have 60 seconds to make a good impression, so make it count.
3.    Keep the conversation going with open-ended questions
Nobody likes an awkward silence, especially when you try to start a conversation with someone. Conversations that are engaging and memorable create a deep connection with the person you’re talking to.
Develop the skill of asking open-ended questions. Open-ended questions are questions that encourage people to answer with sentences.  They encourage a conversation unlike close-ended questions which encourage a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. When you ask open-ended questions you prompt the person to speak more and that keeps the conversation going, which is great for you.
4.    Always carry your business card
When you meet someone who is a potential client or someone you want to connect with in the future, it’s a good practice to share your business card with them. Your business card contains all of your contact details written in one place. It makes you look professional and it saves you the time you would have spent to bring out your phone, share your phone number and store the other person’s number in your phone. I never leave my house without some business cards.
5.    Be yourself
When you’re surrounded by so many accomplished people, there’s a natural urge for you to try to fit in so you won’t feel left out. However, it’s so much easier to just be yourself. Do not forget your true self all in the name of trying to impress a couple of people. Be real. Stay authentic, but polite. Those who will be your clients or friends will love and appreciate you for who you are.

 

How do you network? Do you have any tips to share? Sound off in the comment section please.

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