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How to become a Dance Instructor

Follow these steps to become a dance instructor:

  1. Have a strong background in dance. Most dance instructors have an extensive background in dance, with many taking dance lessons beginning early in their childhood. You should begin taking lessons and developing your skill and technique as soon as you know you have an interest in becoming a dance instructor.
  2. Earn a degree. Depending on where you want to work as a dance instructor you may need a bachelor's degree in dance. However, a degree is not always necessary for instructors who have an extensive background in dance and who work in private dance studios.
  3. Get relevant certifications. Some work environments also require dance instructors to have professional certifications relevant to their industry. For example, dance instructors working in private or public schools may need a teaching certification and instructors working in gyms or fitness centers will likely need a fitness certification.
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What skills help Dance Instructors find jobs?

  • Ballet
  • Childcare
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • Dancing
  • Experience with children
  • Teaching
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Career progression for Dance Instructor

Education levels for Dance Instructors

Based on the requirements of Dance Instructor job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED48.0%
Bachelor's degree34.0%
Associate's degree10.9%
Master's degree5.0%
Middle school education2.1%
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Common qualifications for Dance Instructors

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Common questions about career advices for a Dance Instructor

What is the difference between a dance instructor and a choreographer?

The primary difference between a dance instructor and a choreographer is that the main focus of a dance instructor is to teach students dance techniques and routines, while the main focus of a choreographer is to plan the movements that create a dance routine. While many dance instructors are responsible for choreographing the routines they teach their students, some dance instructors hire choreographers to create the routines.

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What skills do you need to excel as a dance instructor?

The skills that are most important for dance instructors to excel in their role include:

  • A passion for dance
  • Technical dance skill
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Time-management
  • Organizational skills
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What career growth opportunities exist for a dance instructor?

Dance instructors can continue to advance their careers by pursuing opportunities such as choreography, private lessons and becoming a dance studio owner.

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