“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
This is a question that your little dancer has probably heard many times already over their short lifetime. Although there are various career paths that your little dancer could take, there is a chance that they may want to become a dance class teacher.
What is involved in a career as a children’s dance class teacher? What kind of preparation is necessary? How much money do dance class teachers make on average? These are questions that are very important to ask and happily for you, dear reader, we have the answers!
Depending on the level of dance that your dancer will want to teach, there are different types of qualifications. For a basic level, there aren’t many formal qualifications. For a more advanced level, a candidate must pass a teaching qualification test from a recognized association. Make no mistake: the skillset for teaching younger classes versus older classes is very different.
Whether it is for the qualification test or for the basic teaching level, it is important to determine that the candidate has the right dance teaching skills.
The skills needed in order to be a good children’s dance class teacher
- A great ability to dance
- Proper knowledge of anatomy for health and safety purposes
- Good communication and interaction skills with parents and children
- The desire to encourage and motivate
- Some skills in business
Although teaching little children requires less formal education, it takes a special person it can create a great tiny tot class.
After the proper skills are determined, the candidate can join the National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) in order to begin networking and finding places to work.
There are various places where children dance class teachers work. Some work in private schools others work in state schools. Many others work for private dance companies.
If the teacher were to work at a school, the working hours would be regular school hours. Hours for teachers at dance companies vary. As children are in school for most of the week, weekends will most likely be days when children’s dance class teacher will work.
Income for a children’s dance class teacher ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 a year depending on experience and status. However, if dancing is a true passion for the teacher and they wish to inspire little ones to express themselves through this beautiful art, then how much they make won’t matter!
Overall, becoming a children’s dance teacher can be very rewarding, particularly if dance is your life.
Brittany White, director of Dance to EvOLvE, said: “A good teacher is highly trained and focuses on providing high-quality teaching. They have a good teaching background, dance experience, charisma, and professionalism. A good teacher is always growing and improving and ensures that they adapt their teaching style to the classes.”