Pole Dance Instructor jobs(Also known as Pole dance performer, Pole dance teacher)
A pole dance instructor is somebody who teaches others how to perform dance routines using a vertical pole as a means of delivering their fitness programme or entertainment programme. Pole dancing became popular in the early 1980's in gentlemen's clubs and strip clubs in America and Canada, but nowadays it is recognised globally as a modern and beneficial form of fitness workout. It requires significant strength, endurance and flexibility, and as such, a “pole workout” delivers both aerobic and anaerobic fitness training. In reality, it is a mix of both dance and gymnastics. Pole dancing as a form of fitness has become very popular in the last decade, with dance routines often figuring in music videos and in television programmes. With this, there has been an increase in the demand for equipment and suitable instruction. Some people who wish to learn pole dance, or use it as part of an ongoing fitness regime, sometimes choose to have a pole fitted in their home. Those who wish to teach will usually either travel to the client's home or preferred location (using collapsible equipment which they take with them), or they will rent or buy a studio, which is then used as the centre for instruction. This is usually referred to as the dance “studio”.
SalaryThe salaries within the industry vary greatly, and are subject to fluctuations in geographical demand. It is usually remunerated hourly, due to the ever-changing structure of classroom-based instruction. To begin with, instructors outside London can expect to receive £10 per hour, depending on the size of class and popularity of the school. In the London area, this rises to around £15 per hour. For an experienced instructor in the London area, this increases to £20 per hour, or £15 per hour for areas outside the capital. Many instructors choose to set up independently and so are not dependent on becoming the employee of an established studio.
- Maintain dance studio facilities so they are safe, clean and welcoming.
- Prepare class instruction, so as to deliver a programme which is suitable for student level of ability or pace of progression.
- Deliver the classroom-based programme.
- Organise parties and site-based activities for clients who wish to book an instructor
- Deliver site-based instruction to a level that will generally please the organisation which has chosen to book the event.
- Administrative duties for the business.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic barriers to entry. Whilst it may be true that anybody can (theoretically) learn to pole dance, some people have a more natural ability to learn it, and so some experience of pole dancing, street dance or disco can be beneficial. Some people also are able to deliver classroom-based instruction to others more easily, and so some experience of being in charge of a group-based activity is also very helpful.
- Ability to organise a lesson plan in advance of the class.
- Understanding the importance of being punctual and courteous is essential.
- Ability to handle simple administrative tasks, and manage several concurrent class plans.
- Desire to build on and expand one's own knowledge of this particular form of dance.
- Desire to pass on knowledge to others, and teach in a sympathetic way.