Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dance Studio Instructor

This is a high school report submitted by Tasha Nicole Haight and is credited to Tasha.


Dance Studio Instructors are dance instructors that work and teach in a dance studio. They must specialize in at least one type of dance, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, or modern. Studio instructors choreograph, or create, dances and teach them to their students. Once the students know the dance, it is the instructor's job to help perfect the dance. The instructor needs to set the dance to music, pick out costumes, and have a recital or competition to show off what his or her students have accomplished.


Anna Pavola, Nicolai Legat, Pierre Beauchamp, Jules Perrot, Valentina Pereyakslavic, Arthur Murray, and Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire are some popular people who were once studio instructors sometime in their life.

To be a studio instructor, college is not required. However, as previously stated, they must specialize in a form of dance. People can specialize in a dance type by having completed a lot of classes of that type of dance and by continuing to go to classes, even when they are an instructor themselves. Studio instructors must be good communicators, be creative and physically fit, be able to teach well, and be able to be honest, fair, and sensitive at the same time. Most importantly, a dance instructor - be it a studio one or not - should love to dance!

Going to college is always a good thing, even if it is not required. If you get hurt and can no longer dance, then you need a back-up plan. College can provide you with that. Some good classes to take in college to become a dance studio instructor are Education, Dance, Business, and Management. Many colleges offer these classes. Butler University, for example, provides a BFA in Performance, BA in Pedagogy, and a BS in Arts Administration. To be admitted into Butler University's dance program, you must also be admitted academically. Kent State also has classes a studio instructor might be interested in, and a common Major-Minor combination at Kent State is a Major in Education and a Minor in Performance.

You could become a studio instructor almost anywhere in the world. You need to be at a dance studio, but geographically most places have studios. The environment is a clean one, where learning is made easy. The starting salary is about $13-25 per hour or class, and can become as much as $50 or more once the instructor is more experienced and has received more credit and a good reputation. Studio instructors can be as young as in High School to start, and can be as old as they want to be until they encounter a physical disability that prevents them from dancing, such as a broken leg, torn ligament, or something of that nature.

Work hours are typically very long in the days, and sometimes even at night. Studio instructors teach classes and sometimes might need to teach private lessons for those who need or want extra help. Job Monkey interviewed a Salsa Dancer who said, "Sometimes I work from 10 in the morning and I don't get home until 10 at night." But the work can pay off and you can be able to advance to being a studio owner, company owner, or professional choreographer if you wish and put forth the effort. If you do become a studio or company owner, one way to Build a Better Business is to update and maintain a website.

As with every career, there are pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages. Some great advantages are that you get paid to do what you love, you get to meet new people, whether they be students, dancers, choreographers, or other instructors, you get to dance all day, and you stay in shape. Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages as well, such as having long work hours, getting little to no rest, and needing to keep your energy level high all the time. But hopefully loving what you do makes up for all the bad things!

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