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Re: age
Posted by Ladydance
2/7/2010  6:29:00 AM
Where are you learning to dance? Some of the chain schools start right off the bat with, "you are a great dancer, you could be a professional." I was told that exact thing when I started. Dancing as a child does not translate into becoming a good ballroom dancer.
That being said, there is no reason why you can't become a 'professional' however be aware that you probably won't be able to make a living at it, and as the others have said it is a long haul if you want to be a credible good dancer.
Re: age
Posted by terence2
2/8/2010  1:42:00 AM
Having trained hundreds of Pros over the yrs, one thing is for sure.. age, within some limitations, does not preclude the possibilty of becoming a Prof.

It may limit one from the competitive arena, but should not from a teaching aspect .Even that is poss. from a Pro/Am category.

In addition, the " style " you choose to commence that journey, can make a big difference .

For e.g... if you choose Amer. style, then the Bronze ( first level ) is a little less demanding physically than the Intern. style, but... the downside is, there are more dances to " master " .

You may eventually decide to qualify in both styles .Its a "time " thing.

I would advise to investigate which Soc. you wish to be examined by ,and then check what their requirements are .

AS to the comment that you cannot make a living teaching dance, well, that depends largely upon your location, and the style you choose to teach .

I would concede, that there are less male students than female, when one examines the typical ballroom scene. However.. there are areas which are more evenly divided from a teaching standpoint.. for e.g... Salsa and C and W ,and possibly WCS.. that, of course, does limit ones variety .

In the " chain " school setting,generally, there are also more opportunities for female teachers. They seldom take on board people to train,that they are unable to use .
Re: age
Posted by Ladydance
2/9/2010  5:21:00 AM
I did not say you can't make a living at teaching dance, I said "probably". In my experience, only the studio owner and 'champions' whose services are in demand can work full time and make a living wage. I know dancers that have gone the chain school route, who have left because their wages are so low. Those schools might charge $110.00/hour but they only pay the staff $10-$15/hour.
Re: age
Posted by terence2
2/9/2010  8:09:00 AM
Well, I coached and taught in chain schools, all over the States for over 30 yrs ( thru 2005 ) and depending on location, there is ample opportunity for female teachers in the larger metro areas ( especially trained ones in either Amer. or Intern style )

Even in some of the smaller towns I visited, there was ALWAYS a full time lady teacher ( and I dont mean the owner ).

As to income, there are many who now give guarantees .

And..at $15 per hr, that is WAY above minimum wage plus benefits like dance training and trips .
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