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Dance Teaching as a business

This is the title of a 2-hour lecture given to students as part of their Professional Placement 2 module in the final year of the BA (Hons) Ballet Education.  

The BA (Hons) Ballet Education is a three-year modular programme delivered by the Royal Academy of Dance ® and validated by the University of Bath. The programme is designed to prepare graduates for a career in dance teaching. It has a unique focus on both ballet and education, making it one of the only programmes of its kind within the UK which combines dance training with preparation for the professional world of teaching.

In the first years after graduating, graduates set up their own dance schools; work as freelance dance teachers in private dance schools, community settings or public sector schools; or become employed nationally and internationally in RAD and vocational dance schools.

The aim of the lecture is to provide students with an insight into self-employment as a freelance dance teacher, or business owner, and an understanding of employment as an alternative.

The focus therefore is on self-employment; business planning; registration, records and tax; and employment.


2016 - 2019 lecture in person

2020 July lecture not given due to pandemic

2021 July lecture by Zoom 

2022 March lecture in person

2023 April lecture in person

Student lecture

Students come away with:

  • An understanding of the differences between self-employment and employment

  • An introduction to business terminology and contractual language

  • An awareness of some of the issues when considering self-employment and employment

  • An introduction to business and financial planning, tax, tools, and concepts

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