Dance teacher

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 37 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become a Dance teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You'll need a relevant degree in dance or performing arts. To teach in a state school you'll need qualified teacher status (QTS).

As a primary teacher, you would be trained to teach all subjects, but may develop a subject specialism in physical education, which could include dance or creative movement.

At secondary level you could get the opportunity to 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, and teaching experience.

To train as a private dance teacher, you'll need to complete a recognised professional qualification. There are some degrees in dance that include teacher training.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
  • 3 A levels or equivalent

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You'll need at least a level 3 qualification in performing arts (dance) or higher if you want to teach, for example in a further education college.

You would also need a teaching qualification that is relevant to the level of teaching responsibility you'll have in your job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You can get into this role through a teacher higher apprenticeship, if you have a relevant degree and want to teach 3 to 19 year olds in school.

You'll need grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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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.

The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre has a list of approved awarding organisations.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a dance teacher from:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day activities will include:

  • showing students how to warm up and move safely
  • demonstrating how to perform dance moves
  • designing dance pieces and performances
  • keeping records of students’ performance and progress
  • providing feedback to students
  • entering students for dance exams
  • maintaining your own dance skills and techniques

Working environment

You could work in the community, in a theatre, in a creative studio or at a school.

Career path and progression

In a school you could become a head of department, a head of faculty or a head teacher.

As a private dance teacher you could develop your own business and run your own dance school.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Dance teacher right now.

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Courses In England


  • Provider: Lancaster & Morecambe College
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Lancaster

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