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How should I go about getting a job as a dance teacher (answers from actual teachers would be helpful)?

How should I go about getting a job as a dance teacher (answers from actual teachers would be helpful)? Topic: The sister studio
May 25, 2019 / By Jaime
Question: I have been dancing for over fifteen years (tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical). At thirteen I began assistant teaching, and at fifteen I was allowed to teach a class with my sister who was eighteen at the time. During my senior year of high school I was asked to substitute for other teachers. I am not looking into teaching at Milwaukee Ballet or Julliard. I want to teach little kids, as a second job during college. I know of a local dance studio that hires college aged teachers. The problem is the majority of these teachers got their jobs, because they danced at the studio in high school and were offered jobs. How can I go about seeing if they are hiring and then looking into getting a job? Do you think they would hire an eighteen year old with my previous experience? Please be honest. Thank you! Haha, I'm paying to go to college for Nursing and Pre-medicine...so as much as I would like to go get certified more school is not an option. I don't have the money. I was just asking because I know a local studio that hires college students, and I know the same is true at the studio I danced at for ten years.
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Emmy Emmy | 8 days ago
At my studio we hire some college kids. The owner at the studio I work for puts up flyers at the local colleges and also runs an ad in the paper. I would check the paper and also check the billboards around your campus. You do not usually need to be certified for local studios. I know that our studio does not require it. I work at the studio that I grew up in, so I did not have to do an audition. However, I am very close with the owner (she was my teacher from the time I was little) and I help her make decisions with hiring new teachers. Most places, if they don't know you, will have you do an audition. At my studio, the owner contacts the studio where you danced and if she is interested she schedules a time where you can audition. The audition is usually just some back ground questions. Then she has you give a sample of some choreography for different age groups. I've also seen her conduct a class and see who can keep up and see what kind of dancer they are. I would suggest going to all the local studios with a "dance resume" and let them know that you are interested. Talk to them and find out how they go about hiring new teachers. Good luck!
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Emmy Originally Answered: Is it fair that my math teacher is tougher than the other math teachers at school?
Yes, that's definitely unfair. However, you are one of the lucky ones.The ones with the other teachers are the ones losing out. Your teacher is preparing you for the world of college and the real world after that. Be thankful when you don't have to takes remedial math in college when you handle a project at your future job under tight time constraints. Homework counts as part of your grade? Partner quizzes? Come back later to finish a test (after you have had time to refer to your text)? Don't you see the problems with all those?
Emmy Originally Answered: Is it fair that my math teacher is tougher than the other math teachers at school?
I have students ( in college) that needs remedial Math and they go to the Remedial Math classes, why? because in High School the teachers were too soft, too lenient. The student graduates with a very poor bases in Math. If your teacher yells, screams, curses, abuses the student, then has to be reported, but just because is tough, no. The tougher the teacher, the more success you will have in life. College do not give you quizzes just plain test. Also: in college you have a tic toc time telling you that no extra time. So, I am sorry to say but, the best teachers are the tough ones.
Emmy Originally Answered: Is it fair that my math teacher is tougher than the other math teachers at school?
Unfortunately, that is fair. Every teacher differs on their teaching style, there is no right or wrong. My math teachers in my final year of high school only gave us the duration of the class to write tests, no cheat notes, and after that, that was it. Every teacher differs. Sorry to hear you have the harder of the bunch, but unfortunately it's just like that. That usually is more and more common the further you progress through high school. I can promise you if there is something you feel is unfair, he'd like to hear from you. Talk to him privately if there is. He'll give you his honest opinion on how he feels about it. Good luck in the class.

Ciel Ciel
Since you're not certified, you'll have a hard time getting a job in other studios. They usually only hire their own alumni unless otherwise stated. You can email or speak to the owner and ask if she has a position available, but I doubt you'd receive any payment for your teaching. If they can pick between you and the older dancer with teaching certifications, they'll pick the latter. Look into a dance program at your college and get a diploma or a degree, or you can look into getting certified through RAD (or equivalent) if you studied graded ballet. (For conversation's sake I'll just assume you used RAD, as that's what I'm familiar with). RAD offers some correspondence classes and their teaching programs range from 1 to 6 years. Programs offered are such: BA (Hons) in The Art and Teaching of Ballet BA (Hons) in Dance Education Diploma in Dance Education Professional Dancer's Teaching Diploma Teaching Certificate and/or Teaching Diploma Certificate in The Art and Teaching of Ballet Advanced Teaching Diploma Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Teaching Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies You can find information about their other programs on their website http://content.yudu.com/A19mvn/RAofD/res... . [Do note that you should hold the RAD Grade 8 Award, Intermediate, or equivalent ballet qualification if you wish to go that route. The link explains the prerequisites for all the available programs, you just need to flip through the pages]. You'll also want to look into A.D.A.P.T. and/or whatever other qualifications are required in your area. Unfortunately, without either credentials (college diploma/degree or RAD [or equivalent] certifications) or a VERY impressive resume after a life of professional training you'll probably not be hired as a teacher. You can ask about assisting, but I doubt you'll see a paycheque. Hiring someone without credentials is a liability. To put it into perspective, I can't ask my librarian to coach the swim team just because she used to swim when she was growing up, she'd have to be qualified for the job. Getting certified is relatively easy, it's just a matter of whether or not that's something you want to do for the rest of your life. It is time consuming.
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Ciel Originally Answered: I'd like a teacher's opinion please - should I worry that my son's teacher misspells words?
I was a teacher for twelve years and I cringed when I saw other teachers make those mistakes, especially with common words. From my experience, this happened mainly with teachers 1) who did not have teaching credentials but were hired on "emergency" credentials because the school district could not get enough credentialed teachers, 2) whose strengths were in math and/or science and so their English weaknesses were overlooked because there's such a lack of math/science teachers, or 3) whose first language was not English, but the language of many of the students. None of this is comforting when you expect basic literacy from the school teacher, of all people. It does need to be brought to the attention of the administration even if you do it anonymously. It's not to punish the teachers, but to make it known to the administration-- and the school district-- that you are a concerned parent really involved and attentive to your child's education and that it makes a difference to you who is teaching your child. You want caring, credentialed teachers who have gone through a real graduate school education program and who know not only their subject matter, but teaching methods, child pyschology and development, and English literacy.
Ciel Originally Answered: I'd like a teacher's opinion please - should I worry that my son's teacher misspells words?
Eye woodn't wurry. Just kidding! Actually, I would find it annoying, but she is probably writing notes when also keeping her eye on 20 or more children. I know that I end up writing some of my notes at the end of the day when things get frantic in the classroom, and while I hope I am spelling every word correctly, I may miss a few while I am watching the class too. I am kind of a freak that way--I reread the note like 3 times, but maybe she doesn't. Is everything else going well? Is your child happy at school? Is your child learning? If she starts teaching the kids how to spell words wrong, then maybe mention it, but otherwise I wouldn't. It will set you up for tension the rest of the year, even if the teacher doesn't show you. Believe me, there are parents that make us take a deep breath when they walk in the room (GULP) and you don't want to be that parent unless it is necessary! I hope this helps! Obviously, if you think it is having a negative impact on your child, say something, but otherwise, wait it out. Good luck! (By the way, I reread this a few times too. Did I do OK?)

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