Dance Instructors

A Dance Instructor Coaches a Student

People take dance classes as a first step to becoming a professional dancer, to improve their skills so that they can enter amateur or professional dance competitions, or simply to have fun or to learn basic dance skills for a specific social event such as a high school reunion. Dance instructors teach dance moves and techniques to individuals and groups. They may specialize in one or more dance genres such as ballet, ballroom, tap, jazz, or hip-hop. Dance instructors are also known as dance educators, dance teachers and dance professors. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Dance Educators, Dance Professors, Dance Teachers
Duties Teach dance steps, different styles of dance, dance moves, and dance techniques to individuals and groups, ranging from amateurs to professionals
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Extensive experience as a dancer and, ideally, at least one year of experience as an assistant to a dance instructor
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Athletic
  • Outgoing
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background check, drug test, and CPR and first aid certification may be required
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Choreographer, or Dance School Owner, or Dance Company Director
  • Head Instructor
  • Dance Instructor
  • Assistant Dance Instructor
  • Dancer

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