Dance Teacher

Job Description:

Dance teachers train and develop their pupils in all types of dance.

Job Category:

What you will do:

You could:

  • show students how to warm up and move safely
  • demonstrate how to perform dance moves
  • design dance pieces and performances
  • keep records of students’ performance and progress
  • provide feedback to students
  • assess students for dance exams
  • maintain your own dance skills and techniques


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something (creativity)
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • leadership skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • other routes for qualified teachers


You’ll need a relevant degree in dance or performing arts. There are some degrees in dance that include teacher training. To teach in a state school you’ll need qualified teacher status (QTS).

As a primary teacher, you’ll train to teach all subjects and could develop a subject specialism in physical education, which may include dance or creative movement.

At secondary level you could 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, along with teaching experience.


You’ll need at least a higher qualification in performing arts dance or higher, if you want to teach, for example in a further education college, as a sessional teacher in schools or in a private dance school.

You’ll improve your chances of employment with a professional qualification from a recognised dance awarding organisation.


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.

Other Routes

If you’re already a qualified teacher without dance subject knowledge, for example a P.E. teacher, you could take a course in Supporting the Delivery of Dance in Physical Education and School Sport.

Career tips

If you have an interest in dance but do not want to train as a teacher you could consider dance fitness instructor training.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 35-37 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends attending events or appointments.

You could work at a school, at a college, at a university, an independent training centre or in the community.

Career Path & 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.