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Below is a general outline of how a person can go from a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level dancer to a dance teacher at DF Dance Studio. Many of our current instructors followed a similar path to this over their years. Our advice to you: stick with it, be diligent, and you can achieve anything you set your mind to!
Through group classes and private lessons, you can learn to dance in the style(s) of your choice. Please note that every person learns at their own rate. Some people will take less than a year to develop great skill, others will take several years. Group and private lessons are available to you in a variety of styles.
Serious dancers refine their technique by preparing for competitions and performances. Join our DF dance teams to gain important experience performing onstage or if you are part of a college that has a dance department, take advantage of these teams. Look for audition dates on our Latin dance teams page here or our Ballroom & Swing dance teams page here. Dancers from the highest DF Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango & WCS teams are eligible to move onto Step 3.
The best candidates for our teacher training course will demonstrate a high standard of learning and desire to improve in their dance skills. Must have at least 2 years of dance experience. Must be courteous and have a good personality and attitude with different people (great customer service).
The 1st will have to do with your personality, attitude, professionalism and ability to fit well within DF studio work culture and represent its values. Position at DF studio is never guaranteed and may depend on current need / demand. Please note that many current instructors followed the same path to become a DF instructor.The 2nd interview is a dance interview, where you will be passing off DF syllabus's over video and in person. Once completed, you will be welcomed to the team as a Junior instructor. Just fyi, compensation at the studio is based upon how many different styles and levels an instructor has passed off, whether or not they can teach both group and private lessons, coach dance teams and compete with students. Work hard - the more you know, the more valuable you are as a teacher!