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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Dance Teacher. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Dance Teacher
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Dance Teacher Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Dance teachers work with individuals and groups. They spend time preparing for classes, planning lessons and organising the syllabus. They encourage pupils to develop their skills, and may demonstrate particular techniques. They teach a wide range of different dance styles, and should be able to set appropriate physical demands on their pupils whilst preventing injury or strain.

Dance teachers who work in state schools are likely to have other commitments and responsibilities within the school. Some dance teachers may teach another subject and/or have a management role. They will have administration work to do such as record-keeping and marking written work.

Hours and Environment

Dance teachers work school hours if employed by state schools. However, they are also likely to have some evening commitments. In private dance schools, teachers are likely to have classes during the day and in the evening. Both types of teachers may work weekends when taking classes or putting on performances.

The environment can vary and may include classrooms, halls and dance studios. Classes can sometimes be noisy and facilities can be basic.

Skills and Interests

As a dance teacher, you should:

  • have good, practical ability in dance and music
  • have an understanding of health and safety to prevent injury
  • have an interest in teaching children and adults of all abilities
  • have patience and good communication skills
  • be able to support and encourage others to succeed
  • be observant and pay attention to detail
  • feel able to control a group of pupils and have confidence to maintain order within the class
  • have the ability to run a business, if self-employed.


For teaching in state schools, applicants need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). For entry onto a degree course which confers QTS, applicants usually need 5 GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with a minimum of 2 A Levels/ 4 H Grades. Advanced GNVQs/GSVQs may be acceptable for a degree with QTS, but additional subjects may be required, such as an A Level in a National Curriculum subject. English and maths GCSEs(A-C)/S grades (1-3) are required for teaching in state schools.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

For entry to teaching in private schools, applicants would need a professional dance teaching qualification. This qualification should be achieved from a dance school which is a member of the Council for Dance Education and Training.

There is no upper age limit, but all applicants need to be able to take on the physical demands of the job.


Part-time classes are available at private dancing schools throughout the country, where it is possible to take graded examinations in dance, followed by a dance teachers qualification.

If a degree does not include Qualified Teacher Status (required for teaching in state schools), then it is possible to apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) that confers QTS.

The Royal Academy of Dance also offers the Professional Graduate Certificate in Dance Teaching (PGCDT), which confers QTS and specialises in teaching dance to the 14-19 age range.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are opportunities for employment in schools and colleges in all parts of the country, as well as independent dance schools and studios. Self-employment is an option. Some teachers may decide to pursue a specialist area of dance teaching, such as choreography or dance therapy.

There are also a number of opportunities in the specialist areas of disability dance and multicultural dance eg south Asian and Caribbean dance.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guide only.
Dance teachers'' salaries vary according to the size and type of the dance school. Many dance teachers are self-employed, running their own business or working freelance for several different schools.

Further information

National Dance Teachers Association
29 Larkspur Avenue
Tel: 01543 685162

Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA
Tel: 020 7326 8000

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance
Imperial House
22-26 Paul Street
Tel: 020 7377 1577

Council for Dance Education and Training
Toynbee Hall
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6LS
Tel: 020 7247 4030

International Dance Teachers Association
International House
76 Bennett Road
Tel: 01273 685652

Shape UK (disability arts organisation)
LVS Resource Centre
356 Holloway Road
N7 6PA
Tel: 020 7619 6160
Minicom: 020 7619 6161

Arts Advice
Tel: 0800 093 0444

Other Useful Dance Teacher Work Information

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