This is not really a FAQ (frequently asked question). Becoming a Dance Teacher is not something that you choose to do, like a Doctor, Lawyer, Dentist or Accountant. Being a Dance Teacher is something that you become, something you develop into, a natural progression of your life. Being a Dance Teacher is not a job, it’s a way of life. It’s a thing you are, not something you do.
All Dance Teachers were Dance students, somewhere along the line they began to teach. It may have been when they were young (I was 13), some may have been older. Some may have set out to be a Dancer first, some may have gone straight into Teaching. Dance Teachers love Dance, they love to dance. Most days, they love to teach dance.
I began dance when my friend in year one started dance, I wanted to too. Yes, I was one of those kids who danced around in their bedroom, pretending to be a ballerina. (Heard that one a few times). I loved dance and really really wanted to be a real dancer.
In a world where opportunities a few, you have to be awesome to succeed, I was never going to be a professional dancer but just wanted to do something with dance.
Student teaching was where I began.
A 13 year old helping to teach 5 year olds, well that was an eye-opener. Little kids are hard-work, they don’t know much at first. Learning how to relate to 5 year olds was the interesting part. They are so not like teenagers, but all so very different.
Some teachers don’t enjoy teaching young students, because it is hard, you actually have to teach them.
Sometimes (most of the time), you have to teach them so much more than dance steps. Manners, etiquette, how to be quiet, stand still and listen! But they are just so cute and eager and fun. It is great to be able to be silly with them, asking stupid questions and getting their reactions.
Though I am sure most of my little kids think I am such an idiot – I think my nose is my ear most of the time – they have to help me out a lot.
When my Dance Teacher became ill and couldn’t continue to teach, I took over her students with a fellow dance student/teacher friend of mine. I remember my reaction when she offered it to us, I was so excited and happy, it was something I had always wanted. We had big plans and wanted to really make a go of it.
After co-teaching for a few years, I started my own school.
I wanted so much to do the very best I could, for myself, my students and our school. I wanted it to succeed and my students get the most out of their dance education. Mostly I wanted them all to love dance, as much as me, I wanted them all to be obsessed with it. Some were, others weren’t. (That’s a whole other Blog).
I have been Teaching Dance now for over 35 years. Now I feel like I am getting to finally achieve what I first intended to. We have a great school, with a growing reputation and some awesome kids and Parents.
It isn’t a huge school, but those students I have, are showing me they love dance, just as much and if not, more, than me.
At this point in my life, as most people probably think I should be slowing down and stepping back a bit, I am more enthusiastic and keen than ever. (And even busier).
If you love what you do and those around you are supportive and fun to work with, it makes it easier and just enjoyable. How can I not love to be a Dance Teacher……..(well that’s a whole series of Blogs to come!!!!)?