Join our team…become a dance teacher. Spend your time doing what you enjoy and make money at it.
We are looking for people who are outgoing, personable, self-motivated and want to share their love of dance.
A good dance teacher can earn as much as $50 per hour. Full time and part time positions are available.
Set your own hours. No prior teaching experience necessary. We offer a 12 to 18 month teacher training program. To find out more about our dance teaching training program, email us with your basic contact info, a short paragraph about yourself and any other information you think is important to:
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ARTICLE ON DANCE TEACER TRAINING PROGRAMS
You want to become a dance teacher. You see lots of different dance teacher training programs, but aren’t sure how to choose a good one. Here are some tips.
If you want to work consistently and make a living as a full-time dance teacher, the more dances you know, the better. If all you know is salsa on2 or Argentine tango it will be difficult to keep yourself employed.
Owning two Brooklyn dance studios, I get resumes and calls everyday from professional salsa dancers, professional Argentine tango dancers, belly dancers, international Latin and ballroom dancers looking for work. The first thing I ask them is, do they know any other dances or styles? If the answer is no, I will have a hard time employing them.
Dance schools want dancers who are well-rounded. It’s great to be an expert in one dance, but know some others. I just got a resumes from a dancer who’s been dancing for 15 years and all she knows is salsa on2. In 15 years she couldn’t pick up some other dances?
Here’s a typical day for me and any of my dance teachers. Yesterday at 9am I taught a private at our Flatbush dance school. The student is doing hustle, salsa on1, and bachata. At 10 I taught an Argentine tango private. At 3 I went to our Park Slope studio and taught a private bachata lesson. This student also wants to learn cumbia. At 7 I teach a couple who is doing social ballroom. At 8 we have a two-hour intermediate salsa class. Where would I be if I only knew how to dance one dance or style?
A dance student frequently starts leaning one dance, then become interested in a different dance. If all you know is that one dance, you will lose them as a student when they want to move on to a different dance. Also, a school would rather have one teacher doing two hours than two separate teachers each doing an hour each. It’s just easier. So, make sure the teacher training program is making you into a well-rounded dancer. This way no matter what a student wants to learn, you will be the go to dance teacher for that studio.
Is there any kind of placement program? It’s great that they are training you in salsa on1, salsa on2, Argentine tango, Latin and ballroom, hustle and wedding choreography; making you into a well-rounded dancer. But what happens when you’re done with your training? Do they have work for you? Consider this. The dance training program that has work for you is the one you should choose.
Do they teach you how to teach or just how to dance? Many great dancers don’t know how to teach. The teachers who last and make a good living, are the ones who know how to teach and not just dance. You will be getting lots of different types of students. You don’t want to teach each one the same. Some are very serious about dance and dancing well. Most are not interested in become professional dancers, and are just doing if for fun. Teach the right way and you will keep your student and get more.
Do they teach you about the business end? What good is it if you know all the dances and how to teach, but can’t get any business. Even if you’re not interested in opening up your own dance studio, knowing sales and how to get students is important. I see some of the best dancers starving for work. Not having any idea how to generate business and keep themselves employed. Consider all these things when choosing a dancer teacher training program.
Students in our DANCE TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM doing bachata performance at our LATIN DANCE SOCIAL.
DANCE SYLLABUS FOR DANCE FEVER STUDIOS
Latin Dances: salsa, cha cha, rumba, merengue, samba, bachata, bolero, cumbia.
Salsa Beginner Class: weight shifts, basic timing, dance positions 1 through 5 and crossover, right and left spot turn, 1/4 turns, chase, figure 8 and Cuban motion, dance posture.
Salsa Preintermediate Class: review of dance positions, body mechanics of figure 8 and Cuban motion, lead and follow technique, 1/2 chase, open break, pencil turn, copa, cross body lead, reverse cross body lead, keeping your line, dance circle, turn patterns, arm styling, suzy Q, double point and cross, heel breaks, cumbia step.
Salsa Intermediate Class: body mechanics, contra body, cross body with turn, variations on cross body, peek a boo and variations, copa variations, copa turn, copa turn variations, 1/2 moon, 1/2 moon variations, pencil turn variations, multiple turn patterns, dancing in the box, change of timing, arm styling, NY style, LA style, Cuban style, zig zag, heel toe side, toe heel cross, syncopated side breaks, shimmy, walking on egg shells, hip roll, body wave.
Bachata Beginner Class: bachata timing, side to side basic, forward and back basic, body mechanics, bachata dance holds, hip lift, hip slide, 1/2 turns, full turn 3 step turn, lead and follow technique, turn patterns.
Bachata Intermediate Class: multiple turn patterns, cuddle and parallel, hustle step, duck under, hand drapes, continuous turns, change in timing, bachata shines.
Cha Cha Beginner Class: cha cha basic timing, syncopation explained, cha cha side to side basic, forward and back basic, dance positions 1 through 5, body mechanics, right and left spot turn, 1/4 turn, chase, partner work, lead and follow technique.
Cha Cha Intermediate: body mechanics, cha cha walk, cross body, cross body with turn, reverse cross body, peek a boo, 1/2 moon, shadow, triple cha cha.
Merengue Beginner Class: basic timing, weight shifts and figure 8, side breaks, continuous move left and right, continuous spot turns, partner work.
Merengue Intermediate Class: lead and follow technique, turn patterns, open and closed dance positions.
Rumba Beginner Class: basic rumba timing, dance positions 1 through 5 and cross over, box step, body mechanics and posture, arm styling, lead and follow technique.
Rumba Intermediate Class: body mechanics, getting in and out of basic, partner work, open break, open break with turn, 1/2 moon, sliding door.
Samba: basic timing, basic step, syncopation, body mechanics, whisk, turn from basic, copa(samba walk),side syncopations, continuous side step, side samba walks, turns from whisk.
Hustle and Swing
Hustle Beginner Class: four count hustle dance positions, rocking step, weight shifts and body mechanics, sugar push, push and pull, the wheel with 1/4 turns, the wheel with 1/2 turns, crisscross, crisscross with window, cuddle and parallel, cross body lead, syncopated hustle.
Hustle Intermediate Class: syncopated hustle, lead and follow technique, cross body lead, cross body with track cross, cross body with turns, double turns, shadow position, keeping your line, arm styling, New Yorker, getting in and out of basic, kicks, spins, fans, multiple turn patterns.
Swing Beginner Class: swing timing, single, double and triple swing, basic step in place and turn, underarm turns, she goes he goes, cuddle and parallel.
Swing Intermediate Class: partner work, tuck turn, back to back with kicks, break endings, swivel, double heel rock, sliding door.
Argentine Tango Beginner: basic tango timing, finding the beat, weight change, close and open embrace, staying on axis, partner connection, tango walk, rock step, dissociation, pivots, ganchos, ochos.
Argentine Tango Intermediate: Musicality, walking variations, impovisational side, boleos, ganchos, parallel and crossfoot system, sacadas, moulinetes, barridas, adornos, line of dance, floor craft, practice hold exercises.
Valtz Beginner: Basic timing, difference in steps from tango, circular patterns, line of dance.
Milonga Beginner: Basic milonga timing, basic step, close embrace in milonga, foot work, ocho cortados.
Waltz Beginner Class: basic 3/4 timing, basic side to side, basic forward and back, box step, 1/4 turns, walk around, progressive step, ladies under arm turn, hesitation, twinkles.
Waltz Intermediate Class: body mechanics and posture, passing box, forward and back twinkles, bridge step, progressive turns, rise and fall, footwork, using edges, dragging, lead and follow technique, ladies underarm turn to parallel walk around, continuous reverse turn.
Fox Trot Beginner Class: basic Fox Trot timing, dance holds, slow side to side, slow forward and back, promenade, sway, rocking step, rocking step with 1/4 turns, basic slow slow quick timing, twinkle.
Fox Trot Intermediate: lead and follow technique, posture, footwork, body mechanics, steam line, rise and fall, foot drag, knee flex, box step, passing box step, forward twinkle, backwards twinkle, twinkle variations, continuous turns,grapevine, grapebine variations.
Tango Beginner: basic timing, basic forward, promenade, forward rock, corte, lead and follow technique.
Tango Intermediate: lead and follow technique, fans forward and back, promenade pivot, body mechanics.