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Become A Dance Teacher

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Working As A Dance Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $68,120

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Dance Teacher does

  • Work with Showcase Dance Studio Company-Competition team.
  • Choreographed and helped direct dance performances.
  • Represent the dance company as a dancer when the company is invited to dance for community and other events.
  • Provided instruction for students in modern dance, tap and ballet.
  • Introduced young children to the exploration of creative movement and expression.
  • Be a positive role model/mentor.
  • Planned and implemented creative dance lessons in accordance to the International Kinderdance Program.
  • Administered and supervised 25 children in dance and musical theater.
  • Serve as a dance instructor in non-profit dance group in different dance styles.
  • Completed front desks duties of receipt of sales, registration, and customer service.
  • Produce weekly lesson plans appropriate per class.
  • Assisted students with special needs.
  • Explained and demonstrated dance skills.
  • Assisted in teaching dance classes to younger students on weekends
  • Performed different styles of dances all over the New England Era.
  • Choreograph routines for all dancers.
  • Studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop.
  • Choreographed three routines performed by students in annual recital.
  • Worked with small groups to create dance routines for performances
  • *Involved in birthday parties, recitals, camps, & other events.

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How To Become A Dance Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.


In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.


Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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Dance Teacher Demographic


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Japanese

  • Hebrew

  • Ukrainian

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Irish

  • Swedish

  • Telugu

  • Turkish

  • Marathi

  • Gujarati

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Real Dance Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dance Teacher Jessica Szucs Sparta, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $102,263
Dance Teacher Jessica Barlow Sparta, NJ Sep 01, 2014 $100,176
Dance Teacher Jessica Barlow Sparta, NJ Sep 01, 2012 $98,089
Dance Teacher Anita's Studio of Dance & Theatre Arts Huntington, NY Sep 01, 2010 $93,915 -
Dance Teacher Anita's Studio of Dance & Theatre Arts East Northport, NY Sep 01, 2010 $93,915 -
Dance Teacher Jessica Szucs Sparta, NJ Sep 01, 2010 $87,654 -
Dance and Movement Teacher Brooklyn Arts Exchange New York, NY Sep 11, 2010 $75,132
Dance Teacher C A Dance Xpress Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2012 $73,045
Dance Teacher The Cambridge School of Weston, Inc. Weston, MA Sep 15, 2015 $55,619
Professional Dance Teacher Nocera Productions Ltd Woburn, MA Apr 14, 2014 $55,000
Chinese Dance Teacher Winchester School of Chinese Culture Winchester, MA Sep 01, 2014 $52,175 -
Chinese Dance Teacher Winchester School of Chinese Culture Winchester, MA Jan 24, 2012 $52,175 -
Dance Teacher-Competitive Ballroom Dance Dance Fever, Inc. Newton, MA Nov 23, 2016 $52,000
Chinese Dance and Culture Teacher Angel Performing Arts Inc. Weston, MA Dec 01, 2011 $48,000
Dance Teacher/Choreographer Tony Williams Dance Center Plainville, MA Oct 01, 2012 $46,958
Dance Teacher/Choreographer Jamaica Plain School of Dance Plainville, MA Oct 01, 2012 $46,958
Ballroom Dance Teacher Allure Ballroom and Dance Wellness Academy Groton, CT Sep 10, 2015 $45,594
Secondary School Dance Teacher Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District Pharr, TX Jan 26, 2016 $43,780
Secondary Dance Teacher Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District Pharr, TX Dec 09, 2016 $43,780
Dance Teachers Houston Golden Peacock Art Center Inc. Houston, TX May 08, 2016 $42,099
Teacher, Dance Teacher Pharr Sanjuan Alamo Independent School District Pharr, TX Oct 01, 2010 $41,920
Dance Teacher Magic Dance. Inc. Greenwich, CT Oct 30, 2009 $41,740
Dance Teacher Advocates for Arts Based Education Corp. New Orleans, LA Aug 07, 2015 $41,500

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Top Skills for A Dance Teacher


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Top Dance Teacher Skills

  1. Dance Classes
  2. Hip Hop Dance
  3. Choreograph Routines
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated Dance programs, organized and taught Western dance classes as well as organizing and managing performances.
  • Teach ages 3 through adult in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and hip hop dance.
  • Choreograph routines within the given class time to be performed at the annual recital and competitions.
  • Developed and implemented interesting and interactive dance techniques to increase student understanding.
  • Trained 5-10 dance students each week for one hour, Prepared weekly lesson plans

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