“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Have you ever wandered how you can share your love of dancing?
Why not consider becoming a private dance tutor?
With just a few clicks, you can easily create a profile on Superprof (having formal training isn't required!)
There is some thought of course which should first go into becoming an new instructor and planning your first lesson.
Whether it is contemporary, ballroom or jazz you're teaching, get started with Superprof! We have you covered on ways you can prepare for a private dance tutorial.
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Using Online Resources for Dance Classes
There is plenty of great information at your fingertips whether it’s kizomba, Oriental styles or ballet you're teaching.
Using your computer or smartphone, you can easily put together a routine or exercise for your students. Keep reading on which digital resources can help dance teachers prepare.
Websites to Gain Ideas for Dance Tutorials
The first thing you should do if you're putting together a class is take a look at some online dance lessons.
The Internet is a fantastic resource for those keen to master the art of dance or children wanting to learn a new style and discover their true self. You can find videos to help take you through and explain techniques step by step.
Useful for both aspiring dancers and tutors, these free education tools can include both theory, skills, and practical elements. Why not learn how to tango, do the Charleston or even the moonwalk and attract more students?
Here are a few starting points:
- STEEZY Studio - Learn to Dance: hip-hop, breakdance, urban, house, krump
- Dancenorth Australia: contemporary, Latin dance, ballet, jazz, pilates, hip-hop
- DanceBody: dance-inspired workouts, cardio, performance, movement, toning exercises
- 1MILLION Dance Studio: modern, hip-hop, urban, street dance etc
Take note of the websites that have tutorials for all ages (children, teen, adult) and skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced technique etc). With a wealth of free information accessible on the Internet, you should be able to dig up the education and teacher training to do a good job.
Download an App to Plan Your Dance Classes
Applications have revolutionised many aspects of life, dancing included! Accessible anywhere, teachers can use their phone to map out the next tutorial.
Many private tutors are finding exercises for all levels via Android and iOS. Instructors can also use these apps to revise particular skills and techniques or get some learning inspiration for their children.
They are also great for anyone who has worked in a dance school or academy. These apps can be used as a dance education tool to read up on techniques that haven't been taught for some time, or to discover a fun way of teaching children some rhythm!
Start with any of the following apps:
- Learn to Dance: Kizomba, Bachata, Indian dance, Flamenco, salsa dance, etc.
- Groove Studio: Hip hop dance, RnB dance, K-pop dance, etc.
- Waltz: Ballroom dancing, lessons to prepare a couple’s first dance at a wedding, etc.
- Dancy: Salsa, rumba, samba, breakdancing, hip hop, etc.
- Yes Dance: Argentine Tango, Zumba, ballroom, swing, etc.
- Quick Steps Dance: Rumba, cha cha, waltz, bachata, salsa, etc.
We mustn't forget that music is an integral to being a dancer! These apps are also perfect for discovering the best-known songs for each style, and an excellent way to engage your students or build their self confidence.
Explore Dance Video Libraries
Videos are an ideal way for professional dancers to refine their teaching skills.
Specialised video websites are goldmines for finding weekly classes or intensive courses. Dance teachers can use these to study improvisation, learn about history, or even read through some music theory.
If you'd like to put on a beginners or group class for example, it would be a good idea to look at some online choreography that clearly explains the best techniques.
To be an effective teacher, it is important your lessons are not only engaging and full of useful dance education, but also lots of fun.
Have a look at some of these well-known YouTubers:
- Tricia Miranda
- Yanis Marshall
- Matt Steffanina
- Kinjaz Dojo
- WilldaBeast Adams
- Brian Freedman
- Tim Milgram
- Kyle Hanagami
- Keone and Mari
Top tip: As you're preparing your first lesson, take some time to start a YouTube playlist that you and your students can practise to beforehand!
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Finding the Right Place and Equipment
Having the right gear is essential to doing a good job, and being a bettter choreographer that can teach new skills to groups, couples, or individuals.
Your equipment will depend on the technique or style being taught. Pointe shoes, for example, is one of the first things a ballet classes teacher will require.
Read on to find out the essential things a private instructor will need to self start their training sessions.
Renting a Studio
Next, you'll have to find somewhere to teach your class.
Not quite a resource, but having a space for your students is something you need to work and get the job done, right?
Some lucky people might be able to teach outside or just on the street. If you have a place for the day, you won't have to spend time looking and forking out for a room. Others will have to factor this in to their teacher fees.
To find a spot to teach, start looking at:
- Dance or musical theatre schools
- Performing arts centres
- Businesses with private rooms available for rent
- Commercial properties that can be rented out by estate agents
How much these places will cost per day is determined by their location and size. Organising it all is part of the instructor's job, however, the student will often be the one paying for it. Don't forget to include this information as you're putting together your Superprof profile!
Top tip: Remember to consider which surface is the most appropriate for the style you're teaching. Proper studios should suit any movement, it's not likely you'll slip (no one wants an injury!).
There is a range of different flooring to work on. Ideally sprung hardwood is used for dance education (oak parquet is preferred by most people). Although as this can be costly, many places will feature a marley floor made of vinyl. Anyone who has done gymnastics school will be aware of these different floor types!
If your movement involves marking particular spots, think about picking up some floor tape. Preferably something that can be removed with ease and won't leave residue.
But what if you're unable to teach dance in your students' homes and can't find an appropriate work space? You might like to think about investing in a portable dance floor for your class. These floor installations have modular interlocking tiles which can be shaped into any size or for any room.
Some dance moves may also require a barre. If the room or school doesn't feature this, the instructor will have to source a portable one as it is essential!
Rooms which include mats and mirrors are also great when people are warming up as you can use these to examine your students posture and technique.
But don't be afraid to ask a fellow tutor where the best place is to teach dance, anyone experienced should know a good school or spot to recommend.
If you're teaching pole dancing, take some time to find a place with either a freestanding or mounted pole. This cost will also vary according to the quality and type chosen. Dance teachers who don't have a large car or are able to leave the pole in their studio will have to search for spaces that already have them.
Exercises to Complete Between Classes
People advancing in skill level from intermediate to advanced will require more work than just showing up on the day. Tutors should provide exercises which can be practiced in between each session.
How about suggesting these resources to your students:
- Dancing guides
- Video libraries
- Free apps
- Online guides and exercises
- Theory lessons
- Study sheets, etc
Many Superprof tutors even deliver classes to aspiring dancers online using webcam!
If you're thinking of providing dance tutorials this way, you'll need the right tools for the job (make sure you have a reliable computer, webcam, microphone etc). We also recommend gathering plenty of digital resources that can support your students in their learning and development.
What Sports Equipment You'll Need
Lastly, to be prepared for your private dance lessons both you and your student should start with the appropriate sporting gear. Whether or not you provide it is up to you, however if you do make it available, you'll be providing a more professional service therefore you can ask for a better rate.
Some things a dancer may have to self source:
- Tops and leotards
- Tights or shorts
- Toe protectors
- Knee pads
- Duffle bag
- Gymnastics equipment
- Sports bras, etc.
These should match the style and skill level being taught. Whilst sports equiptment is key, the job of a professional dance tutor must always be to focus on the quality of their lessons!
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