How to become a dance teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- 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.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
- 3 A levels or equivalent
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.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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.
- you'll usually need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a state school in England
You can search for jobs in schools through the Teaching Vacancies service.
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