Profession dance teacher

Dance teachers instruct students in a recreational context in the various dance genres and forms, such as ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, hip-hop, latin, folk dance etc. They provide students with a notion of dance history and repertoire, but mainly focus on a practice-based approach in their courses, in which they assist students in experimenting with and mastering different dance and dramatic expression styles and techniques and encourage them to develop their own style. They cast, choreograph and produce performances, and coordinate the technical production and the set, props and costume usage on stage.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Teamwork principles

    The cooperation between people characterised by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas etc.

Skills

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Consult students on learning content

    Take students' opinions and preferences into consideration when determining learning content.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Develop a coaching style

    Develop a style for coaching individuals or groups that ensures all participants are at ease, and are able to acquire the necessary skills and competences provided in the coaching in a positive and productive manner.

  • Balance participants' personal needs with group needs

    Apply a variety of approaches in your practice that balances the needs of each individual with that of the group as a whole. Strengthen each individual's capability and experience, known as person centred practice, while at the same time stimulating the participants and support workers to form a cohesive group. Create a supportive and safe atmosphere for an active exploration of your artistic discipline.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Express yourself physically

    Express emotions and ideas through movements, gestures, and actions.

  • Maintain safe working conditions in performing arts

    Verify the technical aspects of your workspace, costumes, props, etc. Eliminate potential hazards in your work space or performance. Intervene actively in cases of accidents or illness.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Help performers internalise choreographic material

    Teach the choreographic material, using physical demonstration and any relevant documentation (written, visual, audio), conveying the choreographer's intent, the nuances and details of the choreography.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Inspire dance participants to improve

    Inspire your group of participants in your sessions through embodied understanding of dance and dance-making. Demonstrate dance movements regarding a correct body alignment, and applied anatomical knowledge in relationship to the dance styles you lead.

  • Inspire enthusiasm for dance

    Encourage and enable people, especially children, to become involved in dance and to understand and appreciate it, either privately or in public contexts.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Motivate others

    Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.

  • Direct movement experiences

    Assist clients or patients in moving in a structured or improvisatory manner for expressive purposes.

  • Bring out performers’ artistic potential

    Encourage performers' initiative and encourage them to observe and listen to one another. Create a context for exploration, improvisation, phrasing permutations, phrasing demonstrations, deconstruction of the material, use of tools and props.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Demonstrate technical expertise of your dance style

    Demonstrate, describe or correct movement with your participants to enable them learn about their body and the dance style one is delivering in the participants. Compose and structure dance with the participants in the chosen dance style. Communicate the creative and compositional skills and experience and their relevance to the target market.

  • Teach dance

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of dance, recreationally or with the aim of assisting them in pursuing a future career in this field. Deliver correcting instructions that support difference and pay attention to ethical codes of conduct around touch, personal space, and appropriate pedagogic methods as a tool to foster participants.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain dance training history of dance style manage resources for educational purposes movement techniques coordinate artistic production link between dance and music style learning difficulties facilitate teamwork between students keep personal administration devise choreography assessment processes manage artistic career develop educational activities present exhibition assist students with equipment develop a rehabilitation programme develop curriculum develop artistic project budgets evolution in delivery practices in practiced dance tradition keep up to date on professional dance practice contextualise artistic work define artistic approach read dance scores develop awareness for your group participants assess students

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  • Arts integration specialist – performing arts/music/dance
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  • College dance team head coach
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