Everybody can dance, but not everybody that can dance is a dancer - Kaffy
Many people love to dance!
That said, while many save the rhythmic motion only for fun gatherings such as parties, others build a career around their dancing skill. These ones become professional dancers, like the dancing sensations taking the Internet by storm (Poco Lee, anyone?), while some others become dance tutors who create dance training to pass on their knowledge and love for dance to willing students.
Just like any other occupation, being a dance tutor requires some qualifications. And there are a ton of courses and dance tutor training types to choose from, whether you want to teach at a dance academy or an educational institution like a university. Whether you choose to tutor adults, or if your students will be children under the ages of seventeen.
Teaching Qualifications Obtainable in Nigeria
These are some teaching qualifications that dance tutors are required to get in Nigeria.
- Qualification exams are provided by reputable dance institutions across the nation. So, if you apply as a dance tutor there, chances are you'll be tested according to their guidelines.
- HND, OND, NCE or B.Sc. degrees from any recognized institution would be required from a dance tutor who aims to teach within the educational system, whether it's a school or higher degree-awarding facility. This means that if you want to teach dance in certain circles, you need to have a degree. And the reason will be made clear to you soon.
Advantages Of Having Dance Qualifications In Nigeria
Don't Just Be A Trained Dancer, Have Teaching Qualifications Too
A teacher needs a diploma or degree to be qualified to teach any subject, and if you thought teaching how to dance was any different, here’s a li'l' lightbulb moment’ for you — it’s not! You need solid dance tutor training to give you that added speck of credibility in the field.
It's not enough to know how to dazzle spectators on the dance floor though. Your dancing skill may be top-notch, but without knowing how to impart knowledge of students, even the best dancer could make a poor dance tutor. You need to be able to teach the dance steps, plan classes, task your students by increasing the difficulty level of the lessons gradually, and also keep the classes engaging so that your students will get the best.
The good news is, it is possible to be a thriving dancer as well as an excellent teacher, too. Diverse teaching qualifications are available for dance tutors in Nigeria. This means that you can take certification exams and bachelor's degrees to become a tutor. You may even choose to further your qualifications to the postgraduate level depending on the kind of dance you teach and where you teach it.
While you don't need any formal qualifications to be a dance tutor in some places, there is no doubt that you'll become a better dancer and teacher when you take dance tutoring courses, qualifications, and other forms of dance tutor training.
If you want to work as a dance tutor in an educational facility or a dance academy, one huge benefit is that you will have a consistent work routine and a pretty decent paycheck. However, wouldn't have the flexibility in their schedule that a private tutor would.
If your sole aim is to teach at a dance academy, your best bet for qualification is to attend one and take their exams. And if you decide to become a private tutor, getting the qualifications might still be of benefit to you for another reason.
You Are Seen As A Professional When You Have Dance Tutor Qualifications
It is no doubt that anyone would trust a teacher who has one or two qualifications to their name more than a teacher with none at all. So, even though it's not compulsory, dance and teaching qualifications would make any dance tutor to be seen as trustworthy by their students. Thus, the students will be more confident in the ability of the dance tutors with qualifications than they would in tutors without one.
These qualifications help you get noticed by students. And while you have to maintain teacher-student relationships in the classroom, in most cases it is your qualifications that bring the students into your door. Besides qualifications, you can gain the confidence of your students when you:
- Have background experience in professional dance and tutoring.
- Have affiliations or membership in any dance group or academy.
- Teach various styles of dance.
- Have a Superprof profile showered with glowing recommendations from your students.
With or without dance qualifications, some tutors will still have huge patronage by students simply down to their lovable aura. The students enjoy the classes in the dance training so much, they invite their friends to attend as well. And the good word spreads on about that tutor.
Most times, students at the beginner level do not require any qualifications from their dance tutors. The students care more about how well they are taught and the styles of choreography they can learn. It's a different case with the more experienced students, though. Students learning at a university or a dance academy know all about dance qualifications and require their tutors to have them.
Fortunately, dance qualifications cut across borders internationally, so if you want to teach in a foreign country, your qualifications should serve you just as well.
Having Access To Teach Dance Courses In Professional Institutions
It could be in the performing arts department of a university, or at a prestigious dance academy. Being a qualified dance tutor would open doors for you to teach within the walls of any professional institution, especially if you passed through a similar university or dance school.
You can even earn a higher salary as a qualified dance tutor, especially if you're an alumnus of a prestigious dance academy or university. Provided you give an impressive audition, and with your teaching qualifications, you will have access to various recognized institutions like:
- Universities and other higher institutions that teach performing arts and dance at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Primary and secondary schools.
- Prestigious dance academies.
- Reputable music schools or conservatories.
Whether you want to teach Nigerian pop-dance like shakushaku, or something more conservative or classical like ballet, or even fitness dance, you can get qualified at a dance academy. On completing your training, you'll be fully equipped to teach students at any level.
Where Can You Get Dance Qualifications In Nigeria?
Dance tutor courses and training are available across a wide selection of courses in Nigeria. And we shall be discussing them below. Just hang on tight! WINK.
Get A Diploma Or Certificate For Dance Tutor Qualification
The most basic level of qualification required to teach dance can be obtained from dance schools or polytechnics that offer diplomas in performing arts. The OND is awarded for a two-year course, while the HND is a further qualification for another two years. Colleges of education in Nigeria also award certificates for studying dance or performing arts.
Get A Bachelor's Degree In Dance
Many universities across the country offer degrees in performing arts. And if you have an educational background that's a bonus for you. A bachelor's degree is a more recognized and reputable qualification than a diploma. It shows that you have a broad knowledge of dance, dance history, various techniques of dance, as well as a good scope of human physiology. Such knowledge is vital because injuries sometimes occur during classes, and a tutor needs to be well-versed in proper first aid treatment.
Also, the years of practical experience you must have bagged with a bachelor's degree will be a bonus on your resumé. Of course, if you choose a degree in the performing arts, you will need to pass the O'level requirements for subjects related to your field of study.
Take It Up A Notch With A Postgraduate Degree
Yep. A postgraduate. This shows you that indeed, there is no limit to dance tutor training. It's important to note that if you want to lecture dance at a university, you need to have a postgraduate degree. Most times, a master's is sufficient even though you could also pursue a doctorate in performing arts. And of course, you will need to have an undergraduate degree before you qualify for a postgraduate degree in any institution.
In Nigerian universities, postgraduate degrees can last for about 2 to 3 years. You'll be educated about various components of the art of dance, namely:
- The history of dance
- Cultures of dance
- Efficient teaching methods
- Coordination of choreography
- Dance performance, etc.
A good number of assignments will be required of you to complete the degree and a complete project will mark the end of the syllabus. It seems quite the task, but it's a worthy pursuit especially when you factor in the benefits you'll have with such a high qualification.
And like with other disciplines of study, scholarships are available for postgraduate degree dance qualifications. So, you shouldn't worry about funding, especially if you can meet the scholarship requirements.
How Can You Work As A Dance Tutor Without Qualifications?
If you'd rather hold off on the dance tutor qualifications for some reason, don't worry: you can still tutor dance. You can be a private tutor with your experience as a dancer and if you can teach well. One benefit of private tutoring, asides from the flexibility of time and location, is that there's a high demand for them. Many dance styles aren't taught in universities and academies, so when people want to learn such dance styles, they look for private tutors.
To be a favourite among students, a tutor must make their classes engaging and fun. Once you can do that, and with your dancing expertise, you're sure to have a loyal gathering of students. It even gets better when your students give good reviews about you and invite their friends to also join your classes.
On Superprof, the average dance tutor in Nigeria earns about ₦3,000 and more per hour. Dance expertise with good teaching skills is all you need to become a successful tutor. So what are you waiting for? Open a profile on Superprof today and meet the high demand for dance tutors.
We’ll see you on the other side!