5 Qualities Every Wonderful Dance Teacher Possesses

Dance teachers are the best. They are endlessly capable, talented and caring. They work long hours to help students reach their dreams and give them the skills they need to make a difference in this crazy world. What did we ever do to deserve these wonderful people?

We believe every great dance teacher has five specific qualities. Let us know if you agree over on our Facebook page!

1. Stamina

Dance teachers need stamina to make it through long days of rehearsals, private lessons and regular classes. Oh, and don't even get us started on competition season! You observe classes; take teacher classes (and regular classes, if you're feeling bold); observe auditions; console and encourage dancers after auditions; run back and forth between stages to catch mini, teen and senior pieces; and cheer through awards. You people deserve an award.

2. Problem-Solving Skills

For dance teachers, a myriad of unexpected things is likely to go wrong on any given day. Whether it's a performance or a class, they have to be prepared to solve problems.

3. Tough Skin

Dance teachers have to be good at dealing with angry, competitive and jealous clients. While dancers and their parents are wonderful, they can also be difficult and say some hurtful things. Dance teachers need to let stuff slide of their backs or they'd never be able to get any work done. Tough skin is a necessity in this industry.

4. Empathy

Like we said before, dancers in training are dealing with a lot emotionally. Dance teachers need to be kind and caring when it comes to dealing with their students. They need to be able to put themselves in their dancers' shoes and help them know that they're not alone.

5. Patience

We're pretty sure this one speaks for itself 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️. THANK YOU dance teachers for your ENDLESS patience. We love you!

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