In Summary - Dance Teacher
Dance Teachers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Dance Teacher
The Dancer uses his/her virtuosity and technical ability in dance so as to develop the character being portrayed and the aim is to realise to the full the intentions of the composer/author or choreographer and to affect audiences accordingly. The Dancer must work as part of a team that may include the composer/author, the producer, the director and/or choreographer and other Dancers.
A Dancer must be capable of interpreting and undertaking a wide variety of roles, but as experience increases he/she will find the greatest satisfaction in the portrayal of those roles best suited to his/her particular talents and personality.
Opportunities exist for Professional Dancers to work for national, international and small-scale dance companies in theatre productions and as freelance performers.
Other career choices include:
Choreographer - working with dance companies or in the world of TV and Video
Dance Animator - developing dance activities within communities
Dance Teaching and Dance Therapy.
Alternatively you may make your career in a related field such as dance administration or marketing.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.
- Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.
- Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
- Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
- Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
- Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.
- Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.
- Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
- Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
- Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Interests - Dance Teacher
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
You must be physically fit and agile, and have a good sense of rhythm. You must have the stamina and commitment to endure long, sometimes painful, practice sessions and rehearsals.
You should also have the confidence to perform in front of an audience. Some dance styles, classical ballet for example, require a certain physique.
Entry Requirements - Dance Teacher
The road to becoming a Dancer is not the same for everyone - in fact, can be quite different.
It is important to attend a first-class teacher who teaches on professional lines. This applies particularly in the case of aspiring ballet Dancers who must also be prepared for years of hard work and training. In addition, they would be expected to take examinations and attain technical qualifications through one of the principal examining bodies such as, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).
The basic training that a Dancer receives is that which he/she receives in dance school - this is a framework upon which all subsequent practical training and rehearsal is be built. The better the training, the better chance the Dancer will have of understanding a wide range of parts with corresponding, increased employment opportunities, including the possibility of becoming a Dance Teacher.
Becoming an Irish Dance Teacher
A certified Irish dance teacher affiliated with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha is known as a T.C.R.G. which is the abbreviation for the Gaelic Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha. Most people, especially outside of Ireland, never learn how to properly pronounce that lovely Gaelic way of saying "certified Irish dance teacher", so saying "T.C.R.G." is more common when referring to Irish dance teachers.
A T.C.R.G. has sat for their Irish dance teacher's exams and passed those exams, showing their knowledge of, and ability to execute and teach both traditional and more modern Irish dance steps. That person is then recognised as a certified Irish dance teacher by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the international Irish dance organization with whom the majority of the world's (and most of the United States') Irish dance schools are affiliated.
An Comhdháil Na Múinteoiri Le Rincí Gaelacha (also known as An Comhdháil) is another organization which uses a T.C.R.G. certification process for their Irish dance teaching members. Different organizations use other methods which vary in the time, knowledge and experience required for certification.
Other Dance Styles
In general, dance teachers come from a background of being dancers themselves. They may become dance teachers due to their high level of skill and their desire to pass this on to others.
To teach dance in recognised dance schools you need to have a qualified teacher status. To study for a qualification to teach classical or contemporary dance, you may need to have completed Leaving Cert or equivalent.
For classical and contemporary dance courses check with organisations such as:
- The Royal Academy of Dance
- The London Contemporary Dance School (The Place)
For ballroom qualifications and many other types of freestyle dancing check with the International Dance Teachers Association
- The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).
- University of Limerick - BA in Voice & Dance
- A List of PLC Dance Courses is available here
Last Updated: October, 2014
Pay & Salary - Dance Teacher
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 55k
Established Dancer: 25 - 42
'Star' Dancer: 55k +
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Dance Teacher
Useful Contacts - Dance Teacher
Dance Theatre of Ireland
Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance