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Dance teacher

Dance teachers train and develop their pupils in all types of dance.

Annual Salary

variable

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 37 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Dance teacher jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day activities will include:

  • showing students how to warm up and move safely
  • demonstrating how to perform dance moves
  • designing dance pieces and performances
  • keeping records of students’ performance and progress
  • providing feedback to students
  • entering students for dance exams
  • maintaining your own dance skills and techniques

Working environment

You could work in the community, in a theatre, in a creative studio or at a school.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • working towards this role
University

You'll need a relevant degree in dance or performing arts. To teach in a state school you'll need qualified teacher status (QTS).

As a primary teacher, you would be trained to teach all subjects, but may develop a subject specialism in physical education, which could include dance or creative movement.

At secondary level you could get the opportunity to teach dance as a single subject or combined with other subjects like physical education, drama or performing arts.

To be a lecturer in a university you'll need a postgraduate qualification or a recognised profile as a professional performer, and teaching experience.

To train as a private dance teacher, you'll need to complete a recognised professional qualification. There are some degrees in dance that include teacher training.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 3 A levels or equivalent
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College

You'll need at least a level 3 qualification in performing arts dance or higher, if you want to teach, for example in a further education college.

You would also need a teaching qualification that is relevant to the level of teaching responsibility you'll have in your job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Work

You could work your way into this role if you've got several years' experience in dance.

You could start as an assistant in a private dance school and do teaching qualifications with a relevant dance organisation.

The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre has a list of approved awarding organisations.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

You can search for jobs in schools through the Teaching Vacancies service.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a dance teacher from:Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre; One Dance UK; Get Into Teaching

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

In a school you could become a head of department or headteacher.

You could also move into choreography or dance movement psychotherapy, with further training.

As a private dance teacher you could develop your own business and run your own dance school.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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