Dance School Owners and Managers

A Dance School Owner Supervising Students

A growing number of people are becoming interested in taking dance lessons as a result of the popularity of television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Ballroom Challenge, and Dancing with the Stars; an interest in becoming physically fit; and other factors. Dance school owners operate academies that teach dance moves and techniques to individuals and groups. These schools may focus on a specific dance genre—such as ballet or tap dance—or they may teach a variety of styles. Dance school managers oversee dance instructors and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of dance schools. They often serve as the liaison between customers and the dance school owner. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Operate schools that teach students how to dance, using a range of dance styles, moves, and techniques
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Extensive experience as a dancer and as a manager at a dance-related employer
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Choreographer or Dance Company Director
  • Dance School Owner
  • Dance School Manager
  • Head Instructor
  • Dance Instructor

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