Dance into Business
A how-to guide for dance students, teachers and professionals
Dance Teaching as a business
This was the title of a 2-hour lecture given to students as part of the Professional Placement 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
Students came 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