Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Let’s get ready to rumba! If you can cha-cha and tango with the best of them and your idea of a perfect day is spent on the dance floor, consider being a ballroom dance instructor. You’ll get to teach various dance techniques to private couples or groups at studios, production companies or universities.
Amava Take: How great must it be to go to “work” with people laughing and having a good time all around you? Plus, you get to dance every single day and wear fabulous clothing. Dancing is also one of the most effective physical activities out there to slow down the aging process of the brain. What are we waiting for? Let’s dance!
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
People who are dancing enthusiasts and are outgoing, focused, organized and patient.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Less is more. Don’t try to cram too much information into a class. Emphasize execution over information.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
It’s yours to decide but you will have to cater to your students’ schedules and the hours of the studio. Think nights and weekends.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
Seeing someone master a difficult sequence fills me with joy.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Teaching students how to unlearn bad habits is a challenge.
What’s your favorite dance?
“One Two Cha Cha Cha.” The cha cha is so cheeky and fun.
Special Requirements: You have to be physically fit and have good people skills. Franchised studios don’t require you to have specific dance experience and will give free training to the right people. You won’t begin earning money until training is complete and you have your own students, but studios will help new teachers develop a student base. You can also get certified on your own at any number of schools and teach independently. Possessing the certification to teach ballroom dancing can be a great advantage if you want to freelance and have options.
Finding a Position: USA Dance, a branch of the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF), is dedicated to improving the quality of ballroom dancing and is a portal of valuable information. The International Dance Teachers’ Association also has useful information about certifications, careers and competitions. Dance Forums has an active community of professional dancers and includes blogs, research and advice. Dance Teacher Finder aggregates teaching jobs for all disciplines. Ballroom Dancers is a membership-based community with news, advice, classifieds, and a message board. Central Home has a list of ballroom dance studios, schools and lessons throughout the U.S. You can also search online or on job boards using the terms “ballroom dance teacher jobs” and the city and state where you want to work.