Some young men and women have been asking about what it takes to become professional ballroom dance teachers. They want to know what the benefits are and how it will help them live happy and successful lives. I have a few thoughts on this, and I’d like to share.
Before I get started, it’s important to keep in mind the fact that in order to make a living as ballroom dance teachers, there are 3 important things you’ve got to know. To begin with, you’ve got to learn how to dance. Next, of course, a teacher has to know how to teach. Finally, you better figure out how to sell dance lessons or you won’t have anyone to teach.
Let’s begin with the benefits of becoming a ballroom dance instructor.
Being a part of our industry trains you in lots of different ways.
You know how to dance
Never again will you be sitting on the sidelines watching other people dancing. Next time you go to a wedding, a club, on a cruise, or where ever there’s music, you’ll be the one on the dance floor having a blast!
Not only that, but because you’re a dance pro you can lead or follow. That means you can dance with more people. More time on the dance floor equals more fun.
Furthermore, you never run out of things to learn. In that case, boredom will definitely never be an issue.
As ballroom dance teachers, you develop social skills, not the least of which is the ability to meet new people and put them at ease.
Expertise in Professional business techniques
As a result of learning how to sell dance lessons, you’ll have what it takes to do things like prepare sales proposals, present them, overcome objections, and close.
Performances, competitions, and travel
One of the best parts of being ballroom dance teachers is there are plenty of opportunities to show off your dancing. In addition to recitals, called showcases in the ballroom world, there are competitions and even professional (paid) performances outside of the studio.
Here’s an example of how two ballroom dancers, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, parlayed their talents to go to the next level professionally.
By the way, although you may be participating in local competitions, there are many being organized throughout the world. Moreover, chances are you’ll find yourself traveling to comps and performances. See the world and get paid. You’re welcome!
As ballroom dance teachers, we’re grateful to our students. Indeed, being able to train them to become ballroom dancers gives a tremendous sense of achievement. Not only for us but for them as well.
One Last Thing
Ballroom dance teachers learn quickly that the money they make depends on caring for their students in an honest and generous manner. Treating them with kindness, respect, and goodwill will go a long way towards being successful both artistically and financially. Incidentally, that seems like a good idea no matter what business you’re in, doesn’t it?
Read the Dance Safari post, “How Can Adults Learn to Ballroom Dance Professionally” for training tips.