How to become a dance fitness instructor

Become An Instructor - SHINE Dance Fitness

SHiNE Instructors are so much more than fitness coaches. They are:

  1. Life changers who create a space for students to come alive and gain confidence on AND off the dance floor.
  2. Booty shakers who know how to get down and not hold back, allowing students to do the same. That’s when the magic happens!
  3. Smile makers who know the value of play and don’t take themselves too seriously. Every SHiNE class is full of smiles and authentic joy, and the world needs more of that!

Who can be a Shine Instructor?

We want to tell you right here and now – you DON’T have to be a certain weight, age, or have any dance experience to be a SHiNE Instructor. We’re looking for leaders who are passionate about making a difference in their own life and the lives of others. We want people who value connection and see the bigger picture beyond burning calories and building muscles.


Join other future SHiNE instructors from around the world by participating in a personalized online training program led by the Founder of SHiNE, Kendall Nielson, as well as a dedicated Mentor to guide you through this positive experience. Because SHiNE Instructor training is extensive and we do not want to overwhelm future Instructors, we’ve found the most effective way to do training is over a 3-week period. You’ll get an email every Monday with new content to review and assignments to keep you engaged and connected. You’ll also participate in a weekly virtual call with your training Mentor. SHiNE is recognized by AFAA (11 CEUs Live, 10 CEUs Online), NASM (1.1 CEUs Live, 1.0 CEUs Online), and ACE (1.5 CECs Live, 1.4 CECs Online) as a Continuing Education Provider.

Live, 1-day trainings are offered on occasion, so be sure to see what trainings are currently available!

Live and online trainees are required to submit a video of themselves teaching the signature SHiNE warmup and two pre-selected routines. We’ll walk you through this process so you feel prepared and confident to teach your first official SHiNE class. Here’s what some of our Instructors have to say about the training process.

I appreciate that you’re very clear in what you’re looking for and evaluating in the SHiNE instructor training process, but more than anything, I feel like you’ve created a safe space for gals of any dance skill level to feel comfortable to start out and grow. I’m impressed by the community you’ve created and grateful…

Thanks to SHiNE for an amazing, life changing course that has built my confidence so much!  Thank you for providing literally the best training mentor in the world, and for creating the best brand in the world with the best culture and values.

I am loving this Instructor online training ~ it has been such a fun, helpful, and personal stretching time for me.

This training has been so thorough and helpful in developing me as an instructor. I am a lot more conscious when I learn a new song that I follow the formula of learning choreography, memorising the music, verbal and non verbal cueing, and focussing on the STUDENTS, instead of worrying about ME trying to deliver…

It was really clear in terms of what we needed to do. The evaluation came across as a way to help us become better instructors to ultimately give our participants a more positive, effective, safe and fun experience. It was also clear that the team at SHiNE’s intention is to be supportive, constructive and kind…

Start your own Shine class. Get certified today!



During SHiNE Instructor training, we discuss the power and fundamentals of dance fitness. Participants learn the seven qualities of a successful SHiNE Instructor, as well as how to create a playlist that is safe, effective, and FUN! We teach you the signature SHiNE warmup and break down technique, choreography, cues, modifications, student engagement, and showmanship. Most importantly, you learn to build your own SHiNE Tribe by creating community and opportunities for connection.


SHiNE Instructor training is a one-time investment ranging from $249-$299 depending on training format and early-bird options. This includes CEUs through AFAA (11 CEUs Live, 10 CEUs Online), NASM (1.1 CEUs Live, 1.0 CEUs Online), and ACE (0.7 CECs Live, 1.47 CECs Online).

After completing training and submitting your evaluation video, you’re eligible to join the Instructor portal and our private Instructor Facebook group with hundreds of fellow SHiNE Instructors from all over the world! Joining the Instructor portal grants you access to TONS of perks (check out the list below), and the support in this community is like no other – you feel the love right away! To gain access to all the resources and support, an ongoing SHiNE Instructor Membership is purchased for $24.99/month or $255/year (best value). 

Depending on your chosen business model, you may need to independently lease a location, secure group fitness music licensing and/or liability insurance. SHiNE Dance Fitness does not provide these services but can definitely give recommendations.

Benefits of being a Shine Instructor

  • Full access to our original choreography library (350+ routines & more added monthly!)
  • Monthly Instructor support calls with our Founder & Instructor Relations Manager
  • Oodles of marketing materials including graphics, flyers and high-quality images to promote your classes
  • Join our active, supportive, global “Instructorhood” group on Facebook
  • Discounts on merchandise, including exclusive Instructor items
  • List your classes and contact info on our website

Are you ready to build your own SHiNE Tribe? We’re ready for you! Get certified to teach SHiNE Dance Fitness today!


SHiNE was exactly the right program for me… and my students agree!  Numbers just keep going up at our studio!

SHiNE rekindled my passion for dance and made me feel empowered, confident, and strong.

There is no greater feeling than hearing your favorite inner warrior song blasting while dancing from your heart… surrounded by a tribe of inspiring women.

Dance Fitness Instructor Jobs - Certifications, Class Structure

If you love dance and believe that fitness is important, then becoming a dance fitness instructor could be a natural choice. It is a lot of fun to create your own style of dance class, such as creating a fusion of hip hop dance and aerobic dance. While it is important to have dance instruction ability and experience in dance, perfect dance technique is not as important as it often is for other dance jobs. Many dance fitness instructors choose this route because they love a more informal environment and breaking a good sweat. Health and fitness clubs are realizing that offering dance is a great alternative.

Dance fitness instructors have to be in great shape themselves since they often give verbal instruction and simultaneously demonstrate the dance moves while their students follow along. It also helps to have an out-going personality to motivate students to work hard. There are other requirements that a gym will usually ask for, too, such as dance fitness certification and dance insurance.

Dance certification can be obtained from a variety of sources. Programs can be as short as one day or as long as a year, or even longer. Often, the information is presented as a dance workshop. Some particular kinds of dance fitness training, such as Zumba dancing, require instructors to complete a series of workshops. There may also be a period of time where new instructors are required to assist older, seasoned instructors before they are ready to teach classes on their own.

A dance fitness instructor is responsible for creating their own class structure, and giving verbal instructions to the students to follow. In addition to creating the class curriculum, a dance fitness instructor prepares musical accompaniment for each exercise. Most instructors prepare playlists on an mp3 player or ipod beforehand, which they carry with them to class. Dance fitness classes usually include a warmup, aerobic dance exercises, strengthening exercises (with and without weights), and stretching. Many instructors choose to add in some core strengthening exercises, such as yoga or Pilates to make sure the class includes a full-body workout.

Dance fitness jobs pay in a variety of ways. Some employers pay instructors per student, while others pay by the hour. Generally, the instructors with a large following of students do quite well. It pays for instructors to spend time focusing on marketing and promotion to gather students and build class size. It is also a good idea to maintain a mailing list, or even a newsletter to keep connected with your students.

Successful dance fitness instructors love what they are doing and love working with people. A dance teacher’s reputation is vitally important, so they take care to maintain great relationships with their students, prospective students, and employers. Other essential tools for success include a personal website, with a bio, class schedule and other pertinent information, as well as business cards and a professional resume. Above all else, a dance instructor continues his or her own dance training through attending dance workshops, dance seminars, and dance conventions to expand their knowledge and keep abreast of dance industry developments. It is imperative that dance fitness instructors maintain their own fitness regime, too, because their job requires it. New exercises can always be tested on their own bodies first before they are taught to students.

Finding dance fitness jobs can be relatively simple in today’s information age. Check online and call gyms in your local area, and be sure to check job boards regularly. Don’t forget to put the word out in your personal and professional networks, too. Your next job as a dance fitness instructor may be just a few clicks away.

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Dance directions in fitness today are considered one of the most promising directions for conducting group classes, since the combination of sports and dance techniques is available to almost everyone. There is a vacancy for a dance program instructor in almost any fitness club, and obtaining such a profession can be a good prospect for further employment. At the Pedagogical College of Fitness, you can be trained as a dance fitness instructor in a form convenient for you: in person, in absentia or remotely via the Internet.

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  1. human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics
  2. aerobics (basic level)
  3. latino aerobics
  4. zumba
  5. belly dance
  6. strip aerobics
  7. jazz modern
  8. street aerobics (street dancing)

Payment: lump sum/installment plan

Dance fitness trends are popular all over the world. Clockwork zumba, romantic jazz modern and seductive belly dance, framed in a fitness format, will always find their client. Dance instructors are needed by everyone and always - from elite fitness clubs to private dance schools and charitable organizations. Author's manuals and an individual approach, bright practice and experience passed on to you by the best coaches and teachers in St. Petersburg and abroad are the key success factors for building a career in the field of dance fitness.

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