The number of dance instructors giving lessons and tutorials on how to dance across the island of Ireland is on the rise and has been for some time now. Therefore it is certainly worthwhile exploring all of the options and teaching methods available to you such as on a one-to-one basis and online via webcam.

It can be difficult to decide on your rates. If you take the time to do your research and see where you fit in the market, you should be able to find the perfect price whether you're a biology tutor, English tutor, maths tutor, or online tutor!

Thankfully calculating how much you will need to charge in order to make a living is much easier when it comes to one-to-tone private tutorials. You don’t need to be an accountant to add up your expenses and figure how much you need to charge per hour in order to earn a living as a dance instructor.

Private Dance instructors that have qualifications should be able to charge more per hour than their counterparts without them, especially if they have a prestigious certification.

Nevertheless, you don’t actually need to have a dance qualification to teach it as a private tutor. If you don’t have any formal qualifications, you can make up for it with your experience as a tutor.

Try not to worry too much about the level of your students too much, most students take up playing the drums as a hoppy and like to keep their training light-hearted and enjoyable.

In this article, your Superprof will help you to arrive at a competitive hourly rate so that you can make living teaching students how to dance!

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You could always offer a discount for couples wanting to learn how to dance. (Source: Bernard-Verougstraete)
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Dance Tutorial Rates: Set Your Price Based on Your Town!

The first thing you need to take into account when setting the price of your private tutorials is the competition and the market where you live!

“The Dance: A minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes - and a maximum of sensations.” - Maurice Béjart

If you want to settle on a fair price, just follow our guide on how much to charge for dance instruction!

So where should you teach dancing lessons?

Tutors living in Dublin city or in other large cities such as Galway or cork can charge more than those living in more rural areas due to the local economies.

In Ireland, the typical salary that you can expect as a full-time dance instructor in on of the count’s larger cities is approximately €25,000 – €28,000 a year. When you are trying to arrive at a salary or hourly rate for your teaching, the local area and the cost of living are important factors to consider!

You should always keep the living expense of the area that you plan on teaching in the back of your head!

How much you will be spending annually on rent, food, travel etc will play an important role in determining the rate that you will need to charge your students in order to make a living.

That said if you live where there are more dance studios or with a lot of professional dancers, you may have to lower the rates of your dance instruction.

On Superprof, you can quickly find the average rates for dance tutors in your area. You should also check whether or not there's a tutor or choreographer specialising in the same kind of dancing that you teach and make sure you stand out from the crowd with an impressive and highlighting your skills as a performer.

Make sure you check the average rates where you live before you set your rates for bachata or salsa lessons, for example, and don't forget to check the costs of renting studios if you don't have your own space.

You might also want to consider altering your rates depending on the materials and equipment you provide:

Earn More Teaching Dance Online

The great thing about online resources for teaching students how to dance is that the majority of them are available free of charge! This gives you a great option to supplement your lessons with some valuable material for your students to practice between each of your sessions.

Over the past few years, we have seen a shift in learning models around the world, accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, the amount of resources and courses available to students online continues to increase. Even just having a read over these resources could help your students to understand their respective routines and could even influence their attitude towards the hobby.

By opting to teach students how to dance online you would be opening yourself up to countless students who are looking to learn to improve on their abilities all over the world. You also wouldn’t have to worry about commuting to your lessons and could also fit more lessons into your schedule!

This means that not only will you have a larger pool of students to provide your services to, but it will also help you to provide your services at a discounted price in an effort to secure more consistent and sustainable employment teaching dance thereafter!

Teaching students how to dance online gives you the independence you would not have as a classroom teacher. This is a new concept that many students are beginning to opt for, particularly in light of the ongoing pandemic, you’d be surprised how effective they can be for the learning of your dance students!

As you could expect, the average hourly rate for online dance lessons is a little cheaper than in-person alternatives, averaging at about €20 per hour in Ireland. But of course, you could charge more, depending on your level of education and experience – including any teaching experience you may have!

You should plan your lessons accordingly.

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The easier the class, the less you'll expect to pay for it. (Source: tazzanderson)

Set Your Rates Based on the Type of Lesson

The level of your lessons is an important factor when trying to arrive at an appropriate price to charge students for their dance lessons. Prospective students will look very closely at the level of your lessons.

This is quite logical: the higher the level of your course, the higher your rates can be; those hoping to attend a ballet school will be more serious (and less frugal) than those just looking for a recreational class.

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

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

Some tutors will offer several different levels, generally beginners’ and intermediate tutorials. Of course, you can alter your offering and your rates depending on what your student are asking for and the type of syllabus you may have to put together for them. For example, adults may learn a routine more quickly than children so even though they're both beginners, you may have to charge more for children's classes.

See here about teaching ballet!

Some students may ask for services that require more involvement and planning from their tutor:

  • Preparing for a school dance or function
  • The first dance at a wedding
  • A choreographed sequence for a hen party
  • Choreography for a flash mob or other informal dance performance that they want to participate in
  • Putting on a dance show
  • Ongoing training for a student who wants to become a professional dancer or attend a prestigious dance school
  • Learning specific types of dancing (classical ballet technique, for example)

It's important that you are aware of your own skillset when determining your own hourly rate! In order to remain credible, tutors should never undersell themselves and should always ask for rates appropriate to the difficulty of the tutorials they’re offering.

What is the average cost of dance tutorials in the UK?
Qualified and experienced tutors can expect to charge more per lesson. (Source: skeeze)

Price of Dance Tutorials: Earn more with Superprof!

As a site dedicated to connecting students with teachers, creating a Superprof profile will afford you just about the same benefits as setting up a website, but without the cost.

You may be as prolific as you like: list your educational credentials and experience as a professional dance instructor, describe the elation you feel when you practice dancing, and emphasise that you will transmit your own passion to anyone who is willing to learn how to learn their own preferred style of dance.

While the hourly rate for private dance sessions is likely to fluctuate depending on the respective experience of the instructor, the platform will also provide you with a great benchmark to arrive at a fair price. Just a short browse through the different dance instructors operating across the island of Ireland and you’ll find out what you can charge in your area.

By searching for dance tutors and the area you plan on tutoring in, you will be able to get a sense for the prices they charge. This will ultimately help you to make an informed decision on your own hourly rate!

You may choose to offer only beginner dance lessons, or offer your dance lessons to intermediate or even advanced Irish dancing if that is your thing!

Superprof gives you the option to teach online lessons or alternatively to meet with your students in person to practice the more complicated dance routines in a fully equipped studio if required!

Here are some of the ways you can offer attractive rates on Superprof:

  • Offer free tutoring for the first hour of dance tutorials
  • Offer special rates for intensive dance classes, rehearsal for an audition, etc.
  • Offer discounted rates for students who take longer tutorials (an hour and a half instead of an hour)
  • Offer dance tutorials over Zoom at a reduced rate
  • Lower your rates per person for group tutorials and those willing to have lessons when your class schedule is quiet
  • Offer discounts for friends and family tutorials (couples’ dance classes, children’s dance classes, etc.) and encourage them to tell others about you with referral discounts

With all this advice, you should now be able to work out the rates of your dance tutorials on Superprof! Why not get the ball rolling today?

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