Dance instructors are teachers who help others learn essential elements and various styles of dance. Some work with groups of children and teens to help them acquire the balance and skills needed for higher-level ballet and modern dance disciplines, while others specialize in teaching older students, in groups or individually, in proper techniques for ballroom, jazz, Latin, and other popular dance styles. Dance instructors are typically hired by dedicated dance studios, large fitness centers, and even community recreation programs.
These instructors often find themselves working with groups, especially those who work with children and young adults. Generally, they teach basic dance elements and theory which can be applied in more advanced disciplines, and always ensure that students train safely as they learn. Many also work with students or groups who are preparing for individual recitals or group performances.
Dance instructors may also teach classes in more specific disciplines for casual and recreational dancers, typically in small groups. Some are hired primarily for private instruction, such as with individuals who need help for special occasions like weddings or anniversaries where a spotlight dance is expected.
To be a dance instructor, a background in this art form is essential. Most dance instructors not only have formal education in dance and instruction, but also some background or experience in performing for crowds. Dance instructors may work part-time or full-time depending on the employer, and are typically found in dance studio environments; in the case of private instruction, some instruction in the homes of students may also be done. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Dance Instructor Tasks
Lead dance classes, teaching students about dance steps.
Perform dances and network to increase student enrollment.
Provide basic instruction on dance etiquette and interactions.
Answer questions and provide information about the history of a dance or where to dance.