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Dance Teacher

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Dancer
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€18 - 55
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Established Dancer: 25 - 42
'Star' Dancer: 55k +
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Performs dance routines and teaches people how to dance.


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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.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Explain and demonstrate artistic techniques.

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Evaluate and grade students' class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.

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Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

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Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

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Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

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Prepare students for performances, exams, or assessments.

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Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.

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Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

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Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

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Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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History and Archeology: Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Philosophy and Theology: Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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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.


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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)
  • Laban

For ballroom qualifications and many other types of freestyle dancing check with the International Dance Teachers Association

  • The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).  

See also:

 

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Dance Theatre of Ireland
Address: Bloomfields, Lower Georges St. Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin,
Tel: (01) 280 3455
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Organisation: Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
Address: University of Limerick, Limerick
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Organisation: Dance Ireland
Address: DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 855 8800
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Organisation: Association of Professional Dancers & Choreographers in Ireland
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Organisation: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
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