Dance Teachers – We Feel Your Pain

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 18.47.23Most dance teachers, as we understand it, get into dance because of their extreme passion for it!

I don’t think we’ve ever heard of any dance teacher who said they were in it for the money ;)

And, unusually, we hear that dance teachers don’t expect to make money from dance – they expect to lose money :(

How does that happen?

We feel your pain.

Having chatted to quite a few of you, seen facebook posts, tweets, ran surveys and met lots of amazing dance teachers – we have heard the following:

  • I never get to see my family and friends as I work unsociable hours

  • I worry about getting enough bums on seats to cover the venue hire

  • I have no idea how to market my classes – that part doesn’t really interest me

  • I spend a lot of time in the car going to and from various classes

  • I spend tons of unpaid time choreographing and preparing for my classes

  • I worry about school holidays as most of my dance work is term time only

  • I’m scared to be ill as I have no-one to cover me

  • Sometimes it’s lonely teaching on your own

  • I hate all the paperwork side of things and the late payers

  • It’s hard juggling all the elements of running my dance classes, invoices, health and safety, keeping everyone happy

  • I sometimes works for 5-7 difference dance companies to try and make ends meet

And we hear about the things you would love:

  • I would love to feel like a valued member of a team – that my opinion mattered

  • I would love to give my creative input into choreography and get paid for it

  • I would love to turn up and teach and know I am being paid well for it

  • I would love to learn how to get bums on seats to my classes and camps and make a great profit

  • I would love to know that I can get cover if I am ill or on holiday

  • I would love to earn money during school holidays

  • I would love to spend more time with my family

  • I would love to work more sociable hours

  • I would love to work for just a couple of companies or just for myself

  • I would love to have time to do what I want to do

So these are simply what we’ve seen and heard, but we would LOVE to know what you would LOVE and also what pains you.  Take our quick 8 question survey HERE – and you could win a month’s FREE Premium Popdance membership!

If you haven’t yet done so and would like to sign up to receive our FREE weekly marketing tips for dance teachers – you can do so HERE

If you would like to find out more about working with Popdance – email us at sue@popdance.co.uk

Have a fantastic week!