24 Oct Earn more as a dance teacher
If you want a raise or score better jobs as a dance teacher, there are a few things you’ll have to work on. Focus on these and you will drastically change the outcome of your career.
We live in a superficial world and as much as I hate to say it. People will judge you on your appearance. The good news is that it’s not that hard to look good. Be well groomed, well dressed, that will go a long way. You don’t have to be thin or muscular. I mean if you are, that’s great. But I’m chubby and not tall at all, not particularly good looking and I still made it. Understand that your image is more than just your physical appearance. It is how you dress and how you behave.
Do you look and behave like a teacher?
As long as you dress appropriately and you are clean, all is good. Make sure to dress to your personality tho. Have your own style and don’t be afraid to stand out.
To command respect as a teacher, you have to have the aura of a teacher and behave like a teacher. It really helps to be self secure but if that’s not the case, FAKE IT . A positive attitude without stress makes working with you much more enjoyable.
Studio owners, like any other business owners, have to pay rent, electricity, taxes, … so it’s pretty logical that they would want your class to be profitable. They’ll ask themselves, what is the commercial value of this teacher? They might not word it like that but when you approach them this will be something on their mind.
Commercial value is your capacity to attract and keep customers.
Even if a studio has plenty of students, they are alway happy with a teacher that has some traction of his/her own. Can you bring in a new crowd? Once you have them, you’ll have to keep them coming back. If not, it triggers a downward spiral. Unhappy students tend to not only stay away from you but might just stay away from the studio as well. A bad teacher is just bad publicity and leaves a negative image in the student’s mind. Being able to keep the crowd coming back guarantees income both for you and the owner. Entertain your class and show genuine interrest in your students.
What can you do to improve your commercial value would you ask? Get more exposure on social media and the web in general. Try to get on tv if possible and set up performances in the areas you want to teach. Share your best work on as many platforms as you can. Create a following by getting people excited about who you are and what you do.
Remember this: YOU are the business and should promote yourself just like any other brand would do.
Being reliable is GOLD. It is part of being professional. By keeping your promises and deadlines, you take a lot of weight of the shoulders of your boss. There are lots of little things you can do. Send in your music on time for a show, finish your choreography soon enough for the recitals, answer emails and messages fast, arrive on time and so on.
Being reliable is also being able to deliver on the core of your class. It’s not enough to be a good dancer (sometimes not even required) to be a good teacher. Your didactical skills need to be spot on. Get some training and master your craft. Also make sure that you have enough content to teach. Keep learning new skills, do your research and be an expert at what you do.
In the business world they say:
People do business with people they know, like and trust.
Put yourself to the test. How good are you doing on these 3 points? It’s ok to not be perfect on every aspect of it. As long as you identify your shortcomings and act on them, you’ll be fine.
Please let me know in the comments how you score and what you think you could do to improve.
P.s. There is another article that goes alongside this one “how much should you get paid for your dance class?” Check it out