Below we have supplied some general guidance on teaching dance. These include: issues to anticipate, how you can encourage students to contribute, e.g. through self-evaluation check-lists, which require both yourself and the student to assess your respective progress.
Your student may be confident of their own abilities, and therefore initially cautious or defensive because they are unaware of the purpose or value of private dance instruction.
When working with younger students in particular, you should be aware of the following possible issues:
Bear in mind that student are most likely to engage when:
When you begin a lesson and are seeking to engage the student you may wish to give a brief introduction to your lesson plan, which outlines what you intend to cover and what you expect them to accomplish by the end of the class.You may invite discussion of what the student expected from their lesson/future lessons ("What do you think of..."), and if they consider your plans ascertainable.
If you are setting practice exercises/dance steps as homework, make sure the student understands the sequence in full and spend time discussing how to tackle it safely and answering any questions. To get an idea of how the student feels lessons are progressing ask "light touch" questions, e.g.:
Avoid making classes too simple, or the point of the exercise is removed. Perhaps focus on one key objective if it is more challenging, or several smaller points that allows the student to feel as if they have made definitive progress in at least one area per lesson.
As the number of students you work with grows, you may wish to start self-evaluating yourself to remember what worked/what didn't, alongside any feedback First Tutors: Dance receives from parents. Below are some suggestions for what you may consider during this exercise. :
|How well did I .....?||Very Well||Satisfactory||Could Be Better|
|Prepare for the lesson|
|Initiating lessons (establish aims, etc)|
|Ask questions and prompt the student|
|Handle the student's comments and questions|
|Respond to the student as an individual|
|Maintain focus on the main points of lesson|
|Help sustain student interest/engagement|
|Provide help when students encountered difficulties|
|Ensure key points were drawn out|
|Bring things to a close / set out practice exercises|
Both those new to private dance instruction and seasoned teachers are welcome to register with First Tutors: Dance and attract potential clients.
During the online registration process you can choose what styles of dance you wish to teach, how much you will charge per hour, and explain to prospective clients about your experience and approach to dance instruction.
Our advice to new instructors is to carefully consider what dance styles you will be comfortable teaching, and to what ability level. We cater to all, from beginner to advanced, so it is not necessary to embellish experience in order to attract more clients.You may be just as lucrative aiming your instruction to beginner and intermediate levels. To increase business for dance instructors we ask clients to give feedback on their instructor, so that the teacher in question can benefit from the positive feedback. However, if you are teaching a style or level you are not particularly confident in, this feedback may be less then generous, another reason to think circumspectly about what your expertise is in, and build a reputation around that.
The first dance lesson you teach is essential in giving the right impression to your client. But even getting this far is a success. When you are matched with your first client, do not hesitate to contact them as quickly as possible to arrange that all-important first session. Clients are often anxious when seeking a private teacher, and will wish to begin as soon as possible. Missing an appointment, arriving late or ill-prepared and without the requested CRB certificate or references will all contribute to a negative first impression, and even repel future business.
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