Dance teachers train and develop their pupils in all types of dance.
Salary range: Variable
How to become a dance teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- working towards this role
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.
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
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- search for conservatoire courses
- university courses and entry requirements
- funding for teacher training
- postgraduate teacher training courses
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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.
- you’ll usually need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a state school in England
You can search for jobs in schools through the Teaching Vacancies service.
You can find out more about becoming a dance teacher from:
You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
What you’ll do
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
You could work in the community, in a theatre, in a creative studio or at a school.
Career path and progression
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.