Whether you’re doing chacha, rumba, or Irish dancing, there are plenty of dancers ready to teach you all about their style of dance. Salsa classes, Jive classes, pole dancing classes - they are all options!

"My mom thought I could dance because I used to dance to this Janet Jackson song she'd play when I was a baby. Then she would take me to a Saturday dance school. I used to go every week and got spotted by a scout, who suggested I audition for the role of Billy in 'Billy Elliot the Musical."

- Tom Holland

Beginners can often find it difficult to find the right tutor or dance teacher for them. This is because a teacher that works for one student may not work for another. It’s therefore essential that you make the right choice when choosing your tutor. Thousands of people across Ireland have tried learning to dance at least once in their life and most people probably attended dance classes when they were in school as a child. Dancing is popular both because of how fun it is and how creative it allows you to be! But, have you ever tried dancing lessons?

There are so many different reasons why people choose to take dance lessons, for instance:

  • Ain't got no rhythm!
  • Embarrassed to dance at parties or nightclubs
  • Creating a special first dance for your wedding
  • To get fit, it is a good form of exercise without gym membership and weights!
  • Taking time out for yourself - mental clarity and focus
  • Because you've always wanted to

No matter what your reason for seeking dance lessons, here’s our advice for choosing the best dance teacher for you!

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Where Can You Find Dance Teachers?

Young dance students often worry about getting the wrong type of dance lesson when they first start, partly because there are just so many different styles of dance to choose from! But fear not, there's always a way to find out the best style for you. There are plenty of places across Ireland where you can find a dance teacher or choreographer who provides dancing classes for all ages. In fact, some places even offer drop-ins or pay-as-you-go lessons which is really handy if you just want to try out a couple of classes without the long term commitment

However, I suggest starting with some free lessons. Yep, that's right FREE DANCE LESSONS! Just by using apps such as YouTube and tik-tok you can look up hundreds of free dance lessons out there ready and waiting.

One example of the many channels out there that provide free lessons is Living the Dream. Living the Dream Performing Arts was set up by award-winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson MBE in 2006 at the age of 16. Living the Dream is a School of Performing Arts and Professional Dance Company that inspires people to live their dreams through dance. You can start dancing with Zoe today by following along with this fun and simple dance routine.

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Online apps such as YouTube and tik-tok often offer short three-minute lessons on how to dance, which can be really helpful if you want to learn a few bits without signing up to a class.- Image by Sam riz from Pixabay

If you'd prefer a more traditional method of learning how to dance, we've got that covered too. When it comes to choosing a good dance instructor, there are a few things worth keeping in mind.

If you choose to attend a dance school or a dance academy, you may have the option of attending your first class for free as a sample session. This is your opportunity to see if you get along with the teacher and if their teaching style works for you.

As a student, you have to feel at ease with your tutor and comfortable with the teaching techniques they’re using. Our advice is to observe their class for a session if you can and then talk with the other students in the class, as well as the teacher.

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Dancing is a great way to meet likeminded people. Unssplash.com

The aim is to choose a tutor whose personality and teaching styles work well for you. Don’t hesitate to ask the other students in the dance studio a few questions.

Here are some of the places you could find dance lessons:

  • Dance schools
  • Dance studios
  • Irish National conservatoires
  • UK conservatoires
  • Community ads offering private dance tutorials (school, GAA or community noticeboards or Facebook pages)
  • Dance centres, theatres, and music schools

The atmosphere is also important when it comes to choosing the right dance class. While some students prefer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, others might prefer the more serious approach taken by conservatoires. You should also work out what your favourite style of dance is before choosing your dance classes.

Remember also it's not just in the cities you can find dance classes. Look out for dance classes in your town and community centres too, a lot of the centres are used for classes in the evenings and at the weekends as they have the space to accommodate groups. Choose a Dance instructor based on their speciality, and what style interests you most.

"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way."

- Wayne Dyer

As a general rule, beginners or intermediate dance students will start learning a common style such as modern dance, jazz, or ballet. It’s quite easy to find a number of different tutors and dance teachers offering these styles around the country.

However, there are also tutors offering rarer styles such as Bollywood dancing, Latin dance, African dance, etc. and there are even a number of different tutors who offer a few different styles and can mix and match their classes depending on what you’re after.

The best thing is to talk to the tutor beforehand so you know what types of dancing lessons you can get now and in the future.

You should take the following into account when choosing your tutor:

  • Dance qualifications
  • Reputation
  • Experience as a dance tutor
  • Experience as a dancer
  • Fees
  • How many extras you will need to pay for outside of lessons such as costumes, different types of shoes, wigs etc... (Irish dance lessons can be quite expensive as you need to buy particular socks, shoes, wigs, headbands and at least one costume where is contemporary-modern dance classes usually wear normal close to lessons)
  • Levels they teach
  • Where the lessons take place (dance hall, gym, dance studios, etc.)
  • Teaching style

During the free introduction session with your Superprof tutor, you should evaluate the potential tutor, their personality compatibility with you or your child and their approachability, how easy you or your child finds them to talk to and ask questions to.

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Country dancing, particularly Western-style is gaining popularity rapidly so pull on those boots and get stepping, Photo by Chase Yi on Unsplash

There are so many different types of dance tutorials to take your fancy, just a few examples include:

  • Ballet dancing
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Belly dancing
  • Contemporary dance or modern dance
  • Dance fitness
  • Hip hop dance
  • Irish dancing
  • Jazz dance
  • Jive
  • Latin dance
  • Line Dancing
  • River dance
  • Salsa
  • Sean-nós dance
  • Swing dance
  • Tap dance
  • Waltz
  • Zumba

Whether just a simple beginner’s class to gain some confidence on the dance floor or an intensive course on how to dance a certain style, you’re bound to find someone to meet your requirements. 

Why not find out about new dance styles with a qualified and experienced dance tutor? 

Private Dance Tutors at Home or Online

There are a lot of advantages to private dance lessons. Firstly, aspiring dancers can learn how to dance from the comfort of their own home with more support than they would get in a group class or workshop. With weekly classes, you can learn to dance almost any type of dancing online and you won't have to worry about your class schedule like you would at a dancy academy or community lessons.

The best dance tutorials should be educational, encouraging, energetic, and fun. If you're learning to dance and you're not enjoying yourself, it might be time to work with another talented tutor. Of course, rather than wasting time and money with the wrong tutor, make sure you make the right choice by carefully choosing your tutor.

The average rates for dance tutorials around Ireland on Superprof are between €15 and €30 per hour. It's also worth noting that private lessons are generally cheaper than paying to attend dance schools or conservatories.

Not to mention that there are a lot of benefits to getting private tutorials over group classes. You can get instruction more regularly than in group classes and after just a few sessions, you’ll see yourself making a lot of progress in terms of your technique and your understanding of music. The student can even ask their tutor to give them some extra exercises to do between lessons!

Here are some of the places you could find out about dance tutorials:

  • Online classifieds sites (such as Superprof)
  • Ads in local newspapers
  • Ads in schools
  • Word of mouth, of different dancers who have taken the classes
  • Private agencies offering dance classes
  • Tutors advertising their dance tutorials on social media

Hiring a private tutor is, therefore, a good choice for students of any level as well as for couples, small groups, children, teens, and adults.

If you're getting married, learning to dance together could be a great idea for you and your partner. First, it's a fun activity and an interesting way to learn about new styles of dance and second, you can get wedding dance lessons for couples so that you're ready for the first dance at your upcoming wedding. Why not impress all your guests and showcase all the new dance moves you've been taught or create a flashmob and go viral?

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For many couples the first dance at their wedding is to truly significant part of their special day, a dance instructor can help you perfect this - Photo by Edward Cisneros on Unsplash

Dance tutorials via webcam mean that students can practise their routines without having to leave their house and they’ll also have the option of using some of the best online resources. By taking dance tutorials online, you can not only choose from the best tutors across Ireland but also the best tutors from all over the world.

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Choose a Dance Teacher Based on Your Level

Don’t run before you can walk. The same can be said for dancing.

When it comes to the arts, it’s pointless trying to rush your learning: in just a few hours, your tutor should have a good idea of what your level is and the best ways to help you progress. Instead of wasting time (and money) by getting lessons that aren’t right for your level, you should work out your goals and do an appraisal of your abilities.

There are three main levels when it comes to dancing tutorials:

  1. Beginners’ dance tutorials
  2. Intermediate dance tutorials
  3. Advanced dance tutorials

Experienced teachers will tell you what levels they teach and there are also teachers offering lessons for all levels which means they can be your teacher for a while.

In addition to the level offered by the tutor, you should also keep your personal goals in mind. Some teachers, like those who work in the conservatoires, may not meet all your requirements. The best thing to do is to talk to them about your objectives before your first lesson so that you’ll know if they can meet your expectations.

Whether you are putting on a show, going out dancing, or preparing for the first dance at your wedding, there are specific tutors who’ll be able to help you.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Dance Tutor

The right tutor will make sure you feel at ease in each lesson. This is more a question of the tutor’s and the student’s personality over anything else.

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Make sure you're learning in an encouraging and relaxed environment. (Source: Jabore)

Another criteria a lot of students forget is the tutor’s first aid skills. It’s not uncommon for a few accidents to occur, especially leg and ankle injuries. A good idea would be to check whether or not your tutor is trained in first aid.

Here’s a brief list of what you should look out for during your first dance tutorial:

  • How they teach the lesson
  • How they adapt the choreography to the level of their student
  • Whether the tutor is patient and caring
  • The explanations of dance steps
  • How the tutor motivates their student
  • To what extent the tutor respects the limits set by the student
  • The tutor’s open-mindedness
  • Their knowledge of music and dancing as an art form
  • Their artistic creativity and how they improvise
  • The materials and resources they bring to a lesson

Here’s a brief list of what you should not expect to see from your tutor:

  • Not adapting the difficulty to the level of their student
  • Ignoring the student’s musical preferences
  • Painful or difficult choreography
  • Not warming up
  • Generic teaching techniques that aren’t adapted to their student
  • Having too low a level for advanced students

Students are well within their rights to try out one or several tutors in order to find the right one. The goal, after all, is to look forward to your next lessons rather than to dread them.

Best Way to Choose a Dance Instructor

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There are many benefits of choosing a private dance instructor including getting the attention you need to perfect your moves as well as some homework to keep up the practice while you're at home

When it comes to the arts, a lot of students prefer to work with an experienced dancer rather than an experienced teacher. Of course, a dancer or choreographer who’s been part of a number of famous shows is probably pretty experienced.

Nevertheless, the more experienced a tutor is, the more they’ll probably charge. A lot of beginners prefer to get a self-taught tutor to help them learn to dance or a student to teach them in order to save a bit of money.

There are a number of different qualifications your tutor might have, but the main way to choose is usually by references and testimonials a lot of which she can find online particularly if they have a social media presence. An experienced dancer isn’t necessarily a good tutor. Qualifications in dancing only prove how good of a dancer your tutor might be. You need to see if they have experience with teaching or teaching qualifications, too!

To make the right choice, make sure you do your research first and that the way your tutor teaches is right for you! Don't be tempted to just go for the first advert you see when you look up "dance classes near me".

However, whenever, wherever you feel the need to dance, we wish you the best of luck and an enjoyable experience!

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof