Dance teachers are responsible for teaching the art of dance to students. Their tasks include carefully observing students, planning routines and activities, providing instruction, and offering advice as needed. Dance teachers must be in excellent physical shape, have a passion for dancing, have excellent flexibility, and be able to teach people in the age category in which they provide instruction. Dance teachers may work indoors and/or outdoors depending on their company, and they may work in a variety of categories of dance. Typical employers for dance teachers include production companies and schools ranging from elementary schools to college and universities; there are also independent dance teachers who provide instruction at the client's home, their own home, or a studio.
Educational requirements for this position vary depending on the hiring company. For example, to teach a dance class in high school, the dance teacher would typically need a teaching certificate in their dancing technique, at least a bachelor's degree in dance, and prior experience. College-level dance teachers generally need experience in addition to a master of fine arts degree related to their preferred dancing technique. Dance teachers may work day and/or evening hours, and they may work part time or full time depending on their employer's needs.
Dance Teacher Tasks
Supervise and direct assistant dance teachers.
Instruct students of all ages, all abilities, and various styles.
Collaborate with the Studio Directors in the development of dance curriculum.
Collaborate with the Studio Directors in creation and execution of recitals