“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Would you like to share your passion for dancing?
Why not become a private dance tutor?
With Superprof, any dancer can put together a private tutor profile in just a few clicks, regardless of whether or not you’ve had any formal dance training.
However, a lot of new tutors are unaware of what it takes to plan their first lesson and have no idea what dance equipment they’ll need to use to do so.
Whether you want to teach ballroom, jazz, tap dance, or pole fitness, Superprof is here to help with the best tools for preparing a private dance tutorial.
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Digital Resources for Preparing a Dance Tutorial
Whether it’s kizomba, Oriental dance, ballet, or tap, there are plenty of useful online resources to help you prepare your dance tutorials.
These digital resources are available on both computers and smartphones and can help aspiring tutors to create dance routines and exercises for their students so let’s find out about all the useful online tools a tutor has at their disposal.
Websites for Preparing Dance Tutorials
If you’re preparing a dance tutorial, you should have a look at some of the dance lessons available online.
Online dance classes are great for those who want to learn how to dance and those looking to discover new styles. All the steps in these classes are clearly explained, making them great for aspiring dancers and tutors alike.
These resources can cover both the theory and practical aspects of dancing with illustrated guides. Learning popular dance moves (like the moonwalk) is a great way to attract more students.
Here are some useful dance resources for preparing your lessons:
- Learn to dance: tap lessons, freestyle lessons, country dance lessons, hip hop dance lessons, ballet lessons, breakdancing lessons, Irish dancing lessons, belly dancing lessons.
- Dance plug: contemporary dance lessons, hip hop dance lessons, jazz lessons, modern jazz lessons, funk lessons, zumba, pilates, stretching, etc.
- Dance class: modern jazz dance lessons, ballet lessons, Puerto Rican salsa and Cuban salsa lessons, Latin dance lessons, ballroom lessons, rock ‘n’ roll dancing lessons.
- iDance: Argentine tango lessons, jazz lessons, the lindy hop, the Charleston, tap lessons, African dance lessons, etc.
Some dancing websites have lessons for all levels and ages: beginners, intermediate, advanced, lessons for children, teens, and adults, etc. No matter what you’re looking for, you should be able to find resources.
Dance Applications for Planning Lessons
Apps, which can be accessed at home or at a dance academy, are helping plenty of private dance instructors to plan their lessons.
Many apps are available for free on both Android and iOS and have plenty of different exercises for dancers of all levels. Tutors can also use them to revise certain techniques and get inspiration for exercises during their lessons and tutorials.
If you used to work in a conservatoire or dance academy, these apps are great for studying a few techniques that you mightn’t have taught for years as well as seeing new ways to teach them!
Here are some of the bes apps for preparing private dance tutorials:
- Learn to Dance: Kizomba, Bachata, Indian dance, Flamenco, salsa, etc.
- Groove Studio: Hip hop dance, RnB dance, K-pop dance, etc.
- Waltz: Ballroom dance, lessons to prepare a couple’s first dance at a wedding, etc.
- Dancy: Salsa, rumba, samba, breakdancing, hip hop, etc.
- Yes Dance: Tango, Zumba, ballroom dancing, swing, etc.
- Quick Steps Dance: Rumba, cha cha, waltz, bachata, salsa, etc.
All dance students love dancing along to a popular song so that they can learn more about the tutor’s favourite styles. Free apps are ideal for practising the most popular songs for each style of dance and encouraging your students to learn them, too!
Online Dance Video Libraries
There’s nothing better for brushing up on your teaching techniques than videos on dancing!
There are hundreds of specialised video websites with intensive dance courses or weekly video classes. Professional dancers can study certain techniques such as how to improvise, revise music theory, or learn more about the history of dance.
For example, if you want to teach a group class or a taster class, you should check out some of the choreography online, which explains step-by-step how to teach an enjoyable lesson and routine.
If you want to be a good teacher, you need to make sure that your lessons are fun and engaging:
Here’s a short list of some of the best YouTubers around:
- 1Million Dance Studio
- Matt Steffanina
- Kyle Hanagami
- WilldaBeast Adams
- Tricia Miranda
- Brian Freedman
- Kinjaz Dojo
- Tim Milgram
- Yanis Marshall
- Keone and Mari
Our advice: Create a special YouTube playlist to practise along to before you teach your first dance tutorials. You can also share the playlist with your student before their lesson so they can prepare for it.
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Resources to Use During Your Dance Tutorials
To become a good choreographer and teach groups, couples, or individuals about a certain style of dancing, the tutor needs to have the right gear.
This will vary depending on the style being taught: for example, if you’re learning tap dancing, you’re going to need tap shoes.
Here’s some of the most important stuff you’ll need as a private dance tutor.
Renting a Dance Studio
Before you start offering dance tutorials, you need to find an appropriate place to teach.
This isn’t necessarily a resource but it is something that you have to have, isn’t it?
Some dance instructors may already have their own space and therefore not need to pass these costs onto the tutor. However, other tutors may have to pay to rent a dance studio (which will be reflected in their rates).
To rent a dance studio, you should check the following places:
- Dance academies
- Leisure centres
- Private businesses offering rooms to rent
- Estate agents also have commercial properties available to rent and buy
The prices for these rooms will vary depending on the size of the room and where it is. While the tutors usually take care of this, the student generally is the one who pays for it (either directly or through their tutor). Make sure you mention how much your student has to pay for the room when you create your Superprof profile!
Make sure to check that the flooring is appropriate for the type of dance you expect to do. Dance studios obviously have flooring for all dance styles and it's very unlikely that you'll slip (you don't want to injure yourself or your student!).
Dance flooring comes in a variety of different types. Typically, a sprung hardwood (usually oak parquet) flooring is preferred. However, since hardwood can be quite expensive, a lot of studios include a marley floor, which is made of vinyl. If you're familiar with gymnastics, you're probably familiar with some of the different types of floor and the floor tiles.
You'll also need to consider investing in dance floor tape that's easy to remove and won't leave marks, especially if the dance floor isn't yours!
If you can't find anywhere with appropriate flooring or would like to teach all your lessons at your students' homes, you can invest in a portable dance floor, a type of floor installation made of tiles that can be taken to any room with enough space. These portable dance floors are often modular interlocking tiles that can be made into floors of varying sizes.
If you're teaching ballet, you'll need to find studios with a ballet barre or find a portable ballet barre that you can take to studios with you. Ballet barres, as you can imagine, are pretty essential.
It's also quite useful to look for rooms that have mats, bars, and mirrors to assist you and your students when you warm up and so that student can see their posture when exercising.
If you're a dance teacher who grew up studying ballet, you probably know where the best ballet studio in your area is. If not, don't worry, you can probably get some recommendations from another ballet dancer.
Pole dancing tutors will obviously need to find a room with a mounted or freestanding dancing pole. Like everything else, dancing poles can vary wildly in price depending the type and quality you invest in. Unless you have a large van or can keep the pole at the studio, you should look at dance studios with poles.
Offer Extra Exercises to Do between Tutorials
To quickly go from an intermediate to advanced level, the student needs to do more than just attend their private dance tutorials. In fact, the tutor should give them exercises to do between their tutorials and daily practice.
The tutor could suggest the following to their students:
- Dancing guides
- Online dancing guides
- Dancing video libraries
- Dancing theory lessons
- Dancing study sheets
- Free dancing applications
- Online dancing exercises, etc.
Did you know that on Superprof, there are plenty of tutors providing private dance tutorials on webcam?
If you choose to give online dance tutorials, you’ll probably need a lot of digital resources to help your student progress. Additionally, you’ll also need digital equipment, too: a computer, a quality webcam, a good microphone, etc.
The Sports Equipment to Use During a Dance Tutorial
As you can imagine, both the tutor and the student will need the appropriate sporting equipment for a dance tutorial. While the tutor doesn’t need to provide their student with all the gear, if they do, they can increase their rates and offer a more professional service.
Depending on the style being taught and whether you're a beginner or an expert, the tutor might need get their hands on:
- Tops and leotards
- Shoes (pointe shoes for ballet)
- Tights or shorts
- Dancing shoes
- Toe protectors
- Gymnastics equipment
- Knee pads
- Sports bras, etc.
Of course, it's not a contest to see who has the best equipment, you still have to focus on the quality of your lessons.
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