Teaching Dance – It’s Not What You Think!

We’ve been avidly recruiting dance instructors over the past several years, driven by a goal of opening 10 new Fred Astaire Dance Studio locations in Michigan in the next five years. Interestingly, I find we bump up against prevailing myths about what it’s like to be a dance instructor – so I thought it was high time to dispel some of those myths and replace them with truths.

#1 Myth: It’s Only a Part-Time Job

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Sorry, but no! This is a full-time job that captures your energy and interest from day one. All of our teachers are full-time and able to make good livings with benefits. We pay well, we take care of our team, and as a result, they stay with us and build a satisfying, well-compensated career.

#2 Myth: You Can’t Make Much Money Teaching Dance

Wrong again! Many people think teaching ballroom dance is a side hustle that they can do in the evening, after their regular 9-to-5 job. At FADS Michigan, most of our instructors earn between $50,000 and $100,000 per year. Rest assured: you can make good money teaching dance.

#3 Myth: There’s No Future

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Some people think being a dance instructor isn’t a real career. Not true. There is so much potential for growth and expansion in this position! Think about it – you start by teaching dance. You build a following, attract some favorite students who request lessons with you. You partner with students to perform at dance competitions, traveling the country, or even the world. One day, you decide to own your own studio, or you become a renowned dance coach or competition judge. This industry, which has grown steadily for decades, has long-term potential in a variety of directions for people who love what they’re doing and simply want more.

#4 Myth: Only Dance Champions Become Dance Teachers

Never competed before? Don’t consider yourself a great athlete? Don’t worry! Great dance instructors simply need to bring a love for teaching, an appreciation for dance and good communication skills to be a great teacher.

#5 Myth: There’s No Demand for Dance Teachers

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This one makes me laugh. Are you kidding? I can’t find enough great dance instructors, and I am eager to employ them! Every Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the United States is hungry for dance teachers, and we project a huge continued demand, especially here in Michigan as we open 10 more studios. I can’t open studios without teachers. We need you!