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Have you ever thought of a career as a dance instructor? "Dancing with the Stars,"  "So You Think You Can Dance," "Ballroom Boot Camp" and other shows about partnership dancing have been quite popular since 2005. An average of 28.3 million people watched each episode of "Dancing with the Stars," a very  impressive statistic that highlights the current interest in Ballroom and Latin dancing.

There is so much interest in this type of partnership dancing that dance studios and dance teachers are finding it difficult to fit everyone in for lessons. That, in turn, has created a huge demand for qualified and highly trained dance instructors at all levels.

Interested in increasing your earning potential?

Teachers who are hired by Spokane Dance Company begin with a starting wage of $12 per hour.  They also have opportunities to travel to destination resorts with all expenses paid.  This includes opportunities to teach on board cruise ships during fabulous 8 day vacations to exotic ports of call.  Some events result in teachers getting paid as much as $1000.00, or more,  in just one weekend.

Do we have your attention?  Spokane Dance Company offers an extensive training program for those who would like to teach social dancing.  Dedicated to ensuring excellence in partner dance instruction, Spokane Dance Company's dance teacher education course is the only one of its kind in the Northwest.  It is ideal for adults who are considering a career as a dance teacher. Teaching dance is a career option for anyone — NO PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

Students graduating from the Instructor's Training Program  will be highly qualified teachers. The training provided is extremely technical.  Graduates of Spokane Dance Company's Instructor training program are potentially desirable employees in dance studios around the country, because of the level of expertise this training provides. Graduating students will be able to walk into any social dance studio in the US and be able to demonstrate a skill level that should get them hired.

Graduates of Spokane Dance Company's Instructor training program prepares potential ballroom dance teachers. Students learn how to dance both the Lead and Follow, how to teach, referencing a standardized, combination of nationally recognized Syllabi. The courses offered through Spokane Dance Company are intensive studies of dance training, theory, teaching methodology, and professional stadards of conduct. The program takes students on a journey that greatly enhances their own dancing, and prepares them for a highly successful career as a ballroom dance teacher. Graduates of the Instructor's Training Program can also have career opportunities here locally with Spokane Dance Company.

The American Style Bronze teacher training program is ongoing, with new sessions starting every four months. The entire program is divided into four sections. You can complete the entire program in 16 months should you take one section at a time. You may start with any section and take them in any order.

Bronze Smooth
Learn how to dance and teach Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz.

Bronze Rhythm Section 1
Learn how to dance and teach Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero and Salsa.

Bronze Rhythm Section 2
Learn how to dance and teach  Merengue, Samba, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing.

Bronze Night Club Dances
Learn how to dance and teach Hustle, Nightclub Two-Step, Swango and Lindy Hop.

In this course you will learn:

PLUS: Benefits & Additional Training

Employment Opportunities

Every dance studio across the United States is currently hiring qualified dance instructors. Male dance instructors are ALWAYS needed.  With the influx of new amateur dancers and a severe lack of trained, quality teachers, you can look forward to an abundance of post-SDCTTP-graduate job opportunities.


Attendance : This is a professional level course, and we cover a lot of material at a fairly fast pace. Missing class is not advised, as you can easily fall behind. If you do have to miss a class, you can generally arrange to work with one of the other students to help you catch up. You can also schedule private lessons with Mr Gee or one of the faculty members of Spokane Dance Company (for an additional private lesson fee) to make up any work you miss.

Class Times & Exam Schedule:  Classes held at Spokane Dance Company.  We will spend a minimum of 4 hours per week in class.  Days and Times will be announced at the beginning of the class.  Times will all be in the evenings on weekdays and/or on Saturday mornings and afternoons.   Exams are scheduled as private lessons.  You may schedule an  exam with Mr Gee (for an additional private lesson fee).

Practice: Each class meets a total of 4 hours a week per section. Most students spend quite a bit of time every week studying the material and practicing what they have learned. Though the amount of outside time varies greatly from student to student, please expect to commit one hour of study time for every hour you spend in class (about four per week). Becoming a dance teacher takes dedication and practice.

Materials: The Trainee Binder is provided in class and costs a one-time fee of $95.00. It includes all class handouts that are distributed over the entire 16-month program.

Tuition: Tuition is currently $250/month. Please note that tuition will be increased every September to reflect the current market.   Tuition is due the first class of each new month. Students who make a late tuition payment will be accessed a $15 late fee. Tuition can be paid to the receptionist by check, cash, Visa or Master Card.

Shoes:  All students will be expected to have proper dance shoes by the second class meeting. This is not an arbitrary aesthetic or fashion consideration. To teach dance, you need the "right tool for the job," and proper dance shoes are literally the foundation for your dancing!  There are different styles of dance shoes for different styles of dancing, but most SDCTTP students wear a basic "practice shoe," a practical and durable suede-soled dancing shoe that is made to be comfortable and wearable for long periods. Some students wear flashier shoes or high heeled dance shoes, but this is a matter of personal comfort.   You can purchase dance shoes from Spokane Dance Company or any dance shoe retailer.   We will be happy to help you in choosing the proper shoes and ordering should you need assistance. (At this time we dont know of any local retailer who stocks quality ballroom dancing shoes. We recommend a great deal of caution when purchasing shoes over the internet or thru ebay.)

Misc. Expectations

Presentations:  Because this is a teaching class, there is a strong emphasis on presentation. You will be expected to present material to the class on a regular basis. You may be asked to demonstrate a figure or to present a brief history of a specific dance. Don't worry, we hand out assignments in advance, so you will have plenty of time to prepare!
Dancing both roles

In order to teach a specific dance or figure, you need to be able to articulate and demonstrate both the leader’s and follower’s part. We spend equal time in class working on both parts, and every student is expected to dance with every other student as both leader and follower, regardless of gender. This is standard practice for professional dance instruction.



Class positions are limited to 24 students per class to guarantee a highly effective learning environment.  This is a 16 month program.  Training consists of 4 Sessions and each session runs 4 months   When completed, the candidate will be able to competently teach and dance over 16 social dances.  Tuition is $250. per month and a student must commit to a minimum of 4 months to be enrolled.  Classes must have a minimum of 12 students to begin.

If you would like to become a “Ballroom Dance Instructor”, and train for one of the most rewarding teaching careers, contact Mr Gee for details, (509) 328-4717, or email: admin@spokanedance.com. REMEMBER - No prior Dance Experience is Necessary!


Contact us today about becoming a candidate in the next session of Spokane Dance Company's Instructor Training Program. 
Find out how you can become a Ballroom Dance Teacher.

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