Ballroom Dance Instructor

Job Description:

A ballroom dance instructor teaches individuals or groups various ballroom dance styles, techniques, and choreography for social or competitive purposes.

Job Category:
Culture, Media & Sport

What you will do:

As a ballroom dance instructor, you will be:

  • Instructing students in various ballroom dance styles, including steps, posture, and movement
  • Creating dance routines and choreography tailored to individual students or groups
  • Performing dance routines to showcase proper techniques and inspire students
  • Offering constructive feedback to help students improve their dance skills and performance
  • Identifying and correcting errors in posture, footwork, and movement
  • Adapting teaching methods to suit students’ skill levels, goals, and learning styles
  • Encouraging and motivating students to practice, improve, and excel in their dance skills
  • Leading group dance classes, guiding participants through routines and exercises
  • Providing one-on-one instruction to focus on specific areas of improvement
  • Assisting students in preparing for dance performances, competitions, or special events
  • Choosing appropriate music for different dance styles and routines
  • Effectively communicating instructions, feedback, and dance concepts to students
  • Ensuring a positive and supportive learning environment for students
  • Managing scheduling, class registrations, and administrative tasks if running a dance studio
  • Keeping up-to-date with current dance trends, techniques, and teaching methodologies


You will need:

  • knowledge in anatomy basics, body awareness and fitness
  • knowledge in dance techniques, choreography, and performance techniques
  • knowledge in music synchronisation and musicality
  • knowledge in teaching methods and learning styles
  • knowledge in communication skills and safety measures
  • knowledge in cultural context and industry trends

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While specific GCSE subjects are not strict requirements for becoming a ballroom dance instructor, focusing on the following subjects can provide a foundation:

  1. Performing Arts/Dance: Courses in dance or performing arts can offer valuable practical experience and knowledge.
  2. Physical Education (PE): Enhances your understanding of body movement, coordination, and fitness.
  3. Music: Helps with understanding rhythm and musicality in dance.
  4. English: Improves communication skills for teaching and interacting with students.
  5. Mathematics: Useful for managing schedules and finances if you plan to run your own studio.
  6. Drama: Offers insights into creative expression and stage presence.

Remember that while these subjects can be helpful, pursuing dance training and certifications beyond GCSE level is essential for a career as a ballroom dance instructor.

To become a ballroom dance instructor, you generally need the following qualifications and requirements:

Dance Training

Extensive training in ballroom dance styles, techniques, and choreography.
Formal education or certification in dance is highly beneficial.

Performance Experience

Participating in dance performances or competitions to develop showmanship and confidence.


While not always mandatory, obtaining teaching certifications from recognized dance associations or organizations can enhance credibility.


Gaining experience through internships, assisting established instructors, or volunteering.

Business Skills (for Self-Employed Instructors)

Learning about business management, marketing, and client relations if you plan to run your own dance studio.

Background Check

Some dance studios might require background checks, particularly for working with minors.

Working Hours and Environment:

Ballroom dance instructors typically work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, in dance studios, schools, or private settings, teaching group classes and providing individual instruction while occasionally participating in performances and competitions.

Career Path & Progression:

A typical career path for a ballroom dance instructor often involves starting as an entry-level instructor, gaining experience, and progressing to more advanced teaching roles or specialised dance styles. Some instructors might open their own dance studios, become choreographers, or work with competitive dancers, with opportunities for growth in reputation, skill development, and potential mentorship.