How much do dance teachers make per hour

Dance Teacher Salary (November 2022) - Zippia

Updated August 22, 2022


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$23.03 hourly

Entry level Salary




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How much does a Dance Teacher make?

Dance teachers make $47,909 per year on average, or $23.03 per hour, in the United States. Dance teachers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $32,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a dance teacher can expect to make. Dance teachers make the most in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying State

New York

Highest Paying City

New York, NY

Highest Paying Company

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

What Am I Worth?

Highest Paying State

New York

Highest Paying City

New York, NY

Highest Paying Company

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

What Am I Worth?

Highest Paying States For Dance Teachers

The darker areas on the map show where dance teachers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Dance Teacher average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Jersey$61,894$29.76966
2New York$70,698$33.99889
4South Carolina$51,311$24.67373
5New Hampshire$52,205$25.10167
10Michigan$49,351$23. 73626
16West Virginia$52,289$25.1422
21South Dakota$48,290$23.2217
23Kansas$45,636$21. 94233
29North Dakota$46,095$22.1620
33Rhode Island$46,007$22.1253
34New Mexico$42,140$20.26209
36Pennsylvania$41,893$20. 14903
41District of Columbia$44,732$21.51112
42North Carolina$41,205$19.81788
49Mississippi$39,003$18. 7595

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Highest Paying Cities For Dance Teachers

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1New York, NY$70,827$34.05
2Newark, NJ$61,963$29.79
3Newton, MA$54,984$26.43
4Stamford, CT$53,700$25.82
5Baltimore, MD$52,807$25.39
6Las Vegas, NV$51,904$24.95
7Goose Creek, SC$51,269$24.65
8Detroit, MI$49,532$23.81
9Berkeley, CA$49,001$23.56
10Saint Petersburg, FL$46,561$22.39
11Yuma, AZ$46,323$22.27
12Newport, RI$46,220$22.22
13Washington, DC$44,747$21.51
14Chicago, IL$43,622$20. 97
15Atlanta, GA$43,201$20.77

Dance Teacher Salary Details

Average Dance Teacher Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Dance Teacher's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
25th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18
10th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15

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Which Companies Pay Dance Teachers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Success Academy Charter Schools are the highest paying companies for dance teachers.

How Much Do Dance Teachers Make In Different Industries?

Dance teacher salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the hospitality, education, and media industries tend to offer much higher salaries for dance teachers. For example, dance teachers make a whopping average salary of $51,036 while working in the hospitality industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $50,744 in the education industry and $48,688 in the media industry.

Dance teachers may want to avoid working in the health care industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $37,314.

Highest Paying Industries For Dance Teachers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
4Health Care$37,314$17. 94

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What State Pays Dance Teachers The Most?

New York pays Dance Teachers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $70,698 per year, or $33.99 per hour.

How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Dance Teacher?

You know if you are being paid fairly as a Dance Teacher if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New Jersey you should be paid close to $61,894 per year.

What Type Of Dance Teacher Gets Paid The Most?

Voice Teacher gets paid the most. Voice Teacher made a median salary of $56,670. The best-paid 10 percent make $69,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $45,000.

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Search For Dance Teacher Jobs

Updated August 22, 2022

How Much Should You Charge For Dance Teacher Jobs?

In order to fly, you have to be free

— Li Cunxin (Mao's Last Dancer) —

Who doesn't want a job where they get paid a salary for working and doing something they love every day? Admit it—you have a passion for dance and it's your dream to work as a dance instructor and maybe, one day, start your own academy.

What are you waiting for? Superprof can help you achieve your goals.

When people start to search for dance jobs, their foremost question is usually: What price will students be willing to pay for my classes?

How much is too much—or too little?

To save you the hassle, we've put together a guide on how much you can expect to be paid per hour in a teaching role, depending on different factors.

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As a teacher, the amount clients will pay for your private lessons will be largely determined by your location and your competitors.

Cost of living and competition will affect how much people are able to pay you as a dancing instructor | Source: Visual Hunt

The approximate hourly rate dance teachers charge is dependent on two factors when you consider location:

  • the average take-home salary of potential clients in your region
  • the number of other teachers who offer the same style of dance instruction as you

If you teach in a low-income area, your rates will likely be lower. However, if you are one of the only nearby instructors for your style, you can command a little more than average.

What are your options when you're looking for somewhere to work as a dance teacher?

Local economy dictates the rates you can charge (and still expect to get dance teacher jobs), for example, if you're advertising in the centre of Sydney, you can safely ask for higher fees than if your lessons are held in the outer suburbs.

Likewise, if you offer hip hop lessons in your area, along with twenty other professional teachers or studio classes, you'll need to lower your rates to stay competitive.

So, what are the average prices for an hour-long tutorial in some of Australia's larger cities?

  • Melbourne: $30 per hour
  • Sydney: $32 per hour
  • Brisbane: $25 per hour
  • Perth $39 per hour
  • Wollongong: $33 per hour
  • Adelaide: $17 per hour
  • Townsville: $37 per hour

The average rate across Australia that private tutors can expect to be paid for dance jobs is $24 an hour, however, you can see that it varies greatly between states.

Using the Superprof platform, you can check the rates other tutors are working for, particularly those who might be teaching near you. Also, spend some time looking at how many tutors offer the same dance style as you.

Armed with this information, work out what you can offer in your classes that will make students want to start learning with you. Then, when you set up your profile or create your fliers, make sure you emphasise your skills and your 'value-added' when it comes to your lessons.

Once you've decided, double-check that your rates cover your costs. You don't want to pay more for the rent on your studio than you earn from your classes.

Area of Expertise

What is your dance specialty? Do you have training and experience with choreography? Are you keen to start teaching jazz ballet, African dancing, classical ballet, salsa or good old rock and roll?

Your area of expertise will need to be considered when you are working out your rates. Factors including technical difficulty of the style (e.g. classical ballet), competition from other tutors and whether you're working with beginners or advanced level students will all have an impact on the fees you set.

One top tip: find out what dance styles are being taught at your nearby dance school or academy—if they are not offering what you are planning to teach, you can safely raise your fees.

Whatever you charge, however, you need to ensure you always prepare your lessons professionally and ahead of time.

To get you started on your search, we've listed a handful of average rates charged by Superprof dance tutors:

  • Tango: $52 per hour
  • Salsa: $39 per hour
  • Choreography: $29 per hour
  • Waltz: $49 per hour
  • Ballet: $40 per hour
  • Breakdancing: $30 per hour
  • Zumba: $23 per hour

Remember to think about what you can do to make your classes stand out. Students are always looking for an instructor with a difference—someone they feel they are getting more than just the basic education or training from. Think about cultural links, theatre or drama aspects or performing techniques.

The more unique your teaching style seems, the more people will be happy to pay.

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Lesson Type

What Level?

Another factor that will determine your hourly rate is the level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, children, adults) of your lessons. Related to this is the purpose of the session (training, recreation, fitness).

Clients who are in training to audition for an elite ballet school will need more of your attention and expect to pay a much higher rate than those who are only looking at dance as a form of fitness or leisure activity.

Dance jobs and tutoring can be a lucrative source of income if you choose the right niche | Source: tazzanderson

Dance schools and private teachers generally divide their lessons into three experience levels:

  1. Beginning
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

There is no predetermined amount of time or experience a student needs to move into the next level. In fact, it is ultimately up to the individual teacher (or to a lesser extent, the school) to determine the level and the rate. Consider the preparation time needed to meet the student's goals and the amount of time it will take to get them there when you are determining how much you will charge.

It is not uncommon for dance teachers to be asked for specific services. If these requirements take extra time to plan, you should apply increased rates to reflect this. Such events may include:

  • bride and groom's first dance
  • school formal preparation for primary and secondary schools
  • choreography for a special event
  • secondary school performing arts showcase
  • longterm training for students who intend to apply for a dance academy or performing arts school
  • mentoring students who intend to apply for dance teacher jobs
  • team teaching with drama teachers to stage a secondary (or primary) school musical
  • focus on specific dance movements, styles or techniques

Any teacher or tutor who does not charge appropriately for the hours they devote to preparation and teaching time tend to lose credibility—always charge what you know you're worth!

What Resources?

Certain dance styles require specific resources, such as clothing or props, particularly when it comes to performing but also for general practice.

Make sure you adjust your rates accordingly if you choose to supply your students with necessary resources and equipment, including:

  • clothing items (tights, happi coats, etc.)
  • footwear (tap or ballet shoes, zori etc.)
  • props (scarves, fans etc.)
  • music and audio equipment (including microphones if needed)

Which Location?

Dance classes take place in various locations, all of which carry associated costs and need to be incorporated into your rates.

  • Your home: electricity, cleaning
  • Student's home: transport
  • Studio, classroom, community hall: rent costs

Your Teacher Profile

Your Teaching and Dancing Experience

Many prospective students will ask about your experience before they enquire about your qualifications.

A dance instructor experienced in performing and teaching will be highly sought after | Source: Unsplash - Ilja Tulit

While qualifications are important if you apply for a high-level job in a performing arts academy, individual students are more interested in whether or not you're experienced when it comes to dancing and teaching.

An experienced, but unqualified tutor or teacher is often valued over a highly qualified, yet inexperienced teacher.

Which category best describes you?

  1. A passionate self-taught dancer with no formal dance education
  2. Skillful student, currently enrolled in a university-level dance course or at a performing arts school
  3. Fully qualified teacher with experience at a professional dance school or similar

Each type of tutor has the experience for dance teacher jobs, however, their rates may look very different.

Your Dancing and Teaching Qualifications

With or without experience, some students or schools may say they need you to have a qualification in dance and/or dance education.

While formal qualifications are not necessary for private tutors, having certification will justify you charging a higher hourly rate.

If you do decide to pursue formal dance education, you will need to decide what course of study to undertake. These range in length (and price):

  • short courses (4 to 8 weeks)
  • certificate course (approximately a year)
  • diploma (1 to 2 years)
  • bachelor degree (4 years)
  • masters degree (2 years post-graduate)

For tutors whose goal is to open their own studio or academy, a formal qualification would certainly be an advantage, along with some work in business studies and management.

Student Testimonials

A great reference or testimonial from a past student is worth its weight in gold! The more the better.

On the Superprof platform, tutors with the best student ratings will be listed first, meaning they catch the attention of prospective new students. To receive a good rating, your lessons need to be organised and good value, but you also need to have a friendly and engaging approach.

Positive reviews mean you can charge higher fees.

With a combination of great reviews and the right rates, you will grow your student base even in the most obscure of disciplines, such as:

  • Kpop
  • Kathak
  • Chinese dance
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Acrobatic dance
  • Reggaetón
  • Bachata
  • Kizomba
  • Street jazz

Discounts for Group or Block Dance Jobs

Potential clients want to know they are getting value for money.

Offer a discount for group sessions, or packages of five to ten lessons | Source: Unsplash - Pavan Gupta

Providing the option of '5 classes for the price of 4' or other similar package-style discounts will make your regular students feel valued, and attract new clients. Private dance lessons on a weekly basis can add up—offering discounts and incentives sends the message that you care about your students.

Other ways you can promote your 'value-added' benefits on Superprof include:

  • giving your first session for free, with no obligation
  • online lessons at a cheaper rate
  • lower per-person rates for group lessons, or at less popular times
  • discounts for longer sessions
  • negotiated (or one-off) rates for specific events (such as an intensive lesson prior to an audition)
  • 'mate rates' — discounts for family and friends
  • discounts for referrals

Remember, if your clients feel they are getting value for money, they'll recommend you to their friends. Word of mouth is powerful advertising.

Using these tips and hints, you should now feel confident to work out your hourly rates as a dance teacher.

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Dance teacher Germany - Salary, How to find a job

What is the salary of - Dance teacher Germany?
How to find a job - Dance teacher Germany?

The most popular places of employment are: Berlin (capital), Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Hannover, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Essen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Bremen, Dresden

Salary for the job: Dance teacher Germany - USD 2390
Average salary Germany - USD 2598
Salary is paid in EUR (Euro)

Effect of experience on salary:
Experienced: +24%
Mid-career: +10%
Entry Level: -12%

Chart: (1) Salary - Dance teacher (2) Average salary - Germany

Schedule: (1) Experienced (2) Mid Career (3) Entry Level

Employee benefits
Pension insurance (Pension plan): Rarely
Medical insurance: Yes
Internal and external courses and training: Rarely
Career development plan for employees: Rarely

Typical job requirements
Required level of education: High school diploma
Certification: May be required
Computer knowledge: not required
Trial period: Often
Official language: German
Knowledge of a foreign language: Not required
Driver's license: Not required
Experience: Salary Impact - Intermediate

Forms of employment:
Full time work
Part-time work (Part-time)
Temporary job
Project work
Industry sector: sports and recreation

Working hours and paid holidays
Working week: Monday - Friday
Number of working hours per week: 40
Overtime: Rarely
Number of paid days: 20 (Contract may be different)
Non-working holidays: 9
Lunch break: Yes
Lunch break duration: 30 minutes
Flexible working hours: Often

Unemployment rate Germany - 4. 4%
Retirement age Germany - 65.83

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Another name for dance teacher is a dance school teacher or dance studio teacher. It is clear that this is the name of specialists working in a specialized company. But a teacher or dance teacher can be called not only a dance studio teacher, but also a specialist of an educational institution where dances are studied along with other subjects. By the way, the ProfGid career guidance center has recently developed an accurate career guidance test that will tell you which professions suit you, give an opinion about your personality type and intelligence. The profession is suitable for those who are interested in physical education and singing, music (see. choosing a profession based on interest in school subjects).


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    Peculiarities of the profession

    Some teachers prefer to work with children, others prefer to work with adults, others can work with both. In any case, the task of a dance teacher is to teach their students to move, expressing themselves in dance. However, the higher the level of teaching, the wider the scope of the teacher's activity. It is also commonly believed that the higher the titles he won, the higher his value as a teacher. Also, he often acts as a choreographer: he puts dance numbers for his students when he prepares them to perform on stage.

    The dance instructor may have a preference for a particular dance direction: Latin American, jazz, Irish, etc. For example, on his resume, he might write "Latin teacher" or "Jazz-modern dance teacher."

    But that doesn't mean he can't do anything else. On the contrary, the profession of a dance teacher means constant learning and learning. As a spectator, he regularly goes to musicals, dance shows, competitions to watch the performances of his colleagues; attends dance workshops to learn something new for his teaching. Different dance and musical styles, teaching methods, eminent dancers and bright debutants - everything is interesting for a dance teacher.

    The teacher-dancer tries himself in different genres, sometimes changes his preferences, expands his role. In a word, it is in creative search. Beauty, joy of movement and creativity are the formula that can describe this profession.

    Of course, no one can perform on stage until old age. But while studying with students, the teacher maintains excellent physical shape for many years.

    This is enough to be able not only to explain, but also to show the dance to his students. Even if performances and competitions are in the past, the dancer remains a dancer who knows and feels the dance from the inside.


    Dance teacher salary for October 2022

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    Russia 15000-60000₽

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    A dance teacher can work in a dance school, studio, dance club, fitness center, comprehensive school, university, etc. Many teachers work simultaneously in different places, having time to perform and participate in dance championships. Also, a dance teacher can open his own dance school.

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    Important Qualities

    The profession of a dance teacher involves a love of dance, artistry, ear for music, good physical health, goodwill, patience, leadership qualities, self-confidence and optimism. He should be a sociable person, able to pick up the key to a variety of students.

    Knowledge and skills

    A dance teacher must be able to dance - this is understandable. But he should also know well the dance directions in which he works, including their history. Be proficient in teaching methods, be able to plan your classes. In order for dancing not to harm the health of students, the teacher needs knowledge in the field of anatomy and physiology. He must be able to competently manage physical activity.

    Where to study to become a dance teacher

    Most often, dance teachers become dancers who have been trained in dance since childhood. But there are other examples when already adults, having taken a great interest in dancing, reach notable heights and become teachers.

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