The goal of every dancer is to earn a living from what they do. That is why most dancers usually organize dance classes and lessons and seek dancing jobs.
Many dance tutors in Nigeria with long years of experience still have issues with the right price for their classes. This has robbed many great dancers of a lot of profits from the dancing business. To set dance tutoring rates right, you should follow our guide on how to charge your pupils and clients for dance lessons.
The following are different factors that you can base your price rates on.
Setting Your Rates Based on Your Qualification and Profile
When people want to learn something new, they usually go for professionals with more years of experience in Nigeria. This also applies to choosing a private tutor for dance lessons.
Having exposure and learning new things to experience in dance techniques is very useful when looking for tutoring jobs. To have an edge in the company of many dancers, you need to know different dance types such as local Nigerian dance, contemporary dance, technical dance, etc.
No dance tutor in Nigeria will want to undersell themselves after putting so much effort into learning and having a good education in dance. Some dancers have a degree in music and performing arts, and some still go for private dance lessons to gain more experience and to keep refining their skills in areas they are lacking.
If you want to increase your rate and credibility as a dance tutor or work in a dance academy, there are some education qualifications you need to have:
- Have a degree in music and performing arts
- Have an MSc in performing arts
- Get certifications by taking online courses
Tutors with high qualifications tend to charge more than someone with a lower qualification. However, if you already have a bachelor's degree in another course entirely before discovering your passion for dance, there are ways to go about it.
You can read books relating to dance take courses online to earn a certification and improve your experience. You are also free to attend a dance academy for training to develop your dance knowledge.
If you're a dance teacher and want to work on an online tutoring platform like Superprof, you must have at least one qualification on the courses you'll be taking. This is essential when working in a company of professionals.
When filling out your profile on Superprof, you need to fill in your qualifications and education to guide students in finding suitable tutors for them.
Aside from your qualifications, your profile and the online reviews about you mean a lot to your job. Tutoring is not only about your qualifications and skill. It would be best to create a friendly learning atmosphere for your pupils. This will help when people go through reviews about you.
On Superprof, there is a section for teachers review where students rate our teachers. The tutors with the best rating always appear on the first page of search results, which helps in attracting more learners to them.
So, If you're charging a higher rate to students on Superprof, you should be able to give more value to your student as well.
Rates Based on Your State or City
Your location is a very important factor when setting your dance tutoring rates. Before setting your prices, you must know how competitive the dance tutorial market is in your location. This will help you know if you should charge higher or lower.
Another thing you should consider when charging depending on location is if there are many dance professionals in your location. If there are more professionals in your location, you can lower your price to attract learners.
To know more about dance professionals in your location, you can check online reviews about them or do your survey on them. For example, if you stay in large cities such as Lagos, Abuja where people see the importance of dance tutorials and training, you can set your prices depending on the high demand for dance tutors.
These cities have numerous dance studios and academies where many pupils enrol in dance classes.
Also, teachers in Lagos and Abuja tend to charge more than those in other cities due to the high demand for dance tutors. This means before setting your prices, you must be conscious of your location.
Fixing Your Prices Based on Your Area of Specialization
The area of your specialization goes hand in hand with the type of dance lesson and the level of students you take. Therefore, the kind of dance you teach and specialize in is another factor determining dance tutoring rates.
Different dance types require specific tutors to learn them, and other tutors have different areas of dance they are good with. Each dance type requires that you're good at them as a dancer before passing the knowledge to others.
There are different dance types in the dancing world, including technical, local, gym-based, ballet, hip hop, and others.
In Nigeria, we have various local dance types such as Bata, Atilogwu, Ekombi, and more, and some specific teachers are good with these local dances. However, other dances like salsa, Zumba, Hula, and Harlem snake need specific teachers from other parts of the world.
There are also specific dancers and dance tutors specializing in contemporary, technical, robotics, and choreography dance, so all this will be considered before setting your price lists.
Your area of specialization determines where you can work and your rate as a dancer. For instance, a dance tutor taking gym-based dance lessons might not earn as much as a dancer that takes technical dance classes.
Almost all dance types require a lot of time and attention to learn. Therefore, the time and energy you put into tutoring your students will determine your dance tutor rate for that session.
Rates Based on the Dance Types and the Level of Students You are Teaching
Charging depending on the level of students is in two ways. First, it either depends on age or their knowledge of dance. Knowing this is important in your line of work as a teacher.
Based on age, we have the children, teenagers or young adults, and then adults. So depending on the level of their understanding, there are beginners, intermediate and advanced.
The level of learners you teach will determine your dance rates among them. Most tutors have a specific level they teach which determines their dance rates, and some teach children, some teenagers, some adults, some beginners, some intermediate, and some advanced. It all depends on the level you are good with as a dancer.
For dancers that teach more than one level, you can set your rates depending on the level you're taking.
Tutoring children who know nothing about dance is quite stressful and requires a lot of dedication, time, and energy. But, we all know how children are. As a dance teacher, you sometimes have to read to them to understand what you're teaching.
Taking teens and adults who are new to dancing on dance lessons is way easier than teaching children because they are more coordinated. So, you might have to charge more for children.
If you're charging a student depending on the level of their understanding of the course, you must know their exact level. The higher the level, the higher your rates will be. For instance, a student in the advanced level requires more skills and engagement than a student just starting to learn the dance.
Different people learn the dance for various reasons, and some learn it to become a professional dancer, some for fun, to perform at a school party, in a dance show, and evening a wedding party.
Don't hesitate to charge higher for difficult dance tutorials when charging for these services.
The type of dance a student is interested in determines the materials and location needed for the lessons since different dance types require different materials and locations.
When tutoring in a private dance academy, the music/dance school provides materials for the student. Some dance tutors even offer to sell the materials to the school. However, when providing the material as a dance teacher or tutor, you have to add the cost of materials with the rates of your dance classes.
Here are some materials that are usually needed for dance classes:
- Books (there are some dance lessons which require that students read books)
- Dancing shoes such as trainers, ballet shoes, tap shoes, slippers, toe pads, etc
- Dancing clothes such as leggings, leotards, tights, tutu, and skirts for ballet, etc
- Music and music equipment
These are some locations where dance classes can take place:
- A rented private dance studio
- Dance hall in dance schools
- A student's home
- The tutor's home
- Classrooms in regular schools in Nigeria
Offering Discounts For Dance Lessons
Giving out discounts is an effective way to attract pupils to yourself as a tutor, especially if you're new to tutoring. Offering discounts will enable you to find new students that will be regular and even refer your lessons to other interested people.
Tutors on Superprof usually offer the first lesson with any student for free to attract more students.
You can lower your rates for students that refer more learners to your classes. Also, if you're taking group lessons, you can reduce the rate on each student.
With all we've said so far, we hope you'll be able to make the right decision while you fix and review your dance rates.
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