Ballroom Dance > Dance teacher salary in a studio

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Twilight_Elena, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    We do 45 minutes, you're right, and I mentioned we get paid by lesson. It's still not good enough, though, is it? 4€ is about 5$ per lesson.

    Twilight Elena
  2. lynn

    lynn New Member

    TE, a couple of questions, I have no idea what the standard of living in Greece is, but what's the minimum wage around there? Also, say if you work an 8-hour day but have no student, do you still get paid for showing up? As sunderi mentioned, some studios are structured so that even when you have no students (which is common for new teachers), you still have a flat rate to fall back on whereas there are places that you're only paid when you teach.
  3. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    When you don't teach, you do R/D (reception desk) and get paid 2,5€ per hour. I don't know of a flat rate. To tell you the truth, I am going to have a talk with my teacher because the rates are so ridiculous I can't believe it's legal.

    Twilight Elena
  4. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    I've :google:ed and found this page:

    It says the national minimum wage in Greece is EUR 25.01/day. Based on an 8-hour day, that's EUR 3.126/hour.
  5. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Mac. :D Wow, it's still pretty low, don't you think? I mean even if our private lesson wages are above minimum, our R/D rate is below. Would really like to rub that in boss's face...

    Twilight Elena
  6. alemana

    alemana New Member

    surprised you didn't know this before you agreed to enter the teacher training program. it would be the first question i asked.
  7. lynn

    lynn New Member

    Oh, my goodness, that does sound awfully low.... i'm not sure how new teachers survive the first few months...or years!!

    Maybe you should also ask your teacher can you just show up for the hours that you have students (ie, skip the 2,5€/hr reception duty - i'm sure you've got more important things to do with your time as an university student)!
  8. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    Long story, but I'm not officially on teacher training just yet. I'll make a point to book an appointment with the boss, see what he has to say about many things.

    Twilight Elena
  9. lynn

    lynn New Member

    If you're not in the program yet, be sure to read the contract in detail before putting your name down!! Oh, and bring a magnifying glass with you, you might need it to decipher those teeny tiny prints!!
  10. SexyMan2Cha

    SexyMan2Cha New Member

    Those tables show a really big disparity between different nations. It's all over the place from 0.36 to 8something per hour. In case anyone cared, it's $5.15 in the US. lol, I'll bet you it's more in canada.
  11. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    I am cornering my teacher first thing tomorrow. She's going to tell me EVERYTHING I need to know.

    Twilight Elena
  12. lynn

    lynn New Member

    hmm, maybe you arm yourself with some truth serum from the chem labs :mrgreen:!
  13. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    Don't worry, she's not the franchise teacher stereotype. Actually she told me once that we shoudl get together and she would tell me all about teaching and dirty players in the franchise and other stuff.

    Twilight Elena
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    not going to get specific but generally speaking, most instructors I know are$$$...just like most everyone else I know
  15. lynn

    lynn New Member

    it's not uncommon for new teachers to be paid the bare minimum. I think it's because the studios think they're getting so much benefit out of it (free practice time, free etc....)
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    not just the new ones
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Good luck with that, sweetie. From what little I know, dance teachers, other than independents with an established clientele, are generally not making much cash.

    That said, at least in the early years, a franchise that has structured training can be a very good place for a new teacher, IMO. (If you can get enough teaching hours to live through the first year or two, until you have some skills, some students and a certification or two. :cool: )
  18. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Well, look at it this way. Those of us in most other professions, had minimum wage jobs while we PAID to go to school to get our better paying jobs. You'll be working for minimum wage and get your training for free (well, in exchange for indentured servitude for a while, haha). At one point, I was paying my university for the privilege of working 32 hours per week at a preceptorship so that I could eventually get paid for doing it. It's paying your dues, we all have to do it somehow.
    It's important to know the financial ramifications of all this, but believe me when I say, never let finances be the deciding factor in what you do for a living if you've got the choice. More money will not make up for being miserable for the majority of your waking hours. Happiness with what you do will make being poor for a while tolerable.
  19. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Hmm. Just re-read my post from last night. Wow. Was I ever cryptic. lol. What I'm saying, T_E. is that, low pay or not, a studio that will train you is a good place to start.

    Yeah, even as a beginner teacher, you may be able to find students. Heck. Even I have people asking me to teach them. Egad! :lol:

    But, in a good studio environment, you can get the training you need to build a decent resume and eventually become a much better teacher. Yeah. You'll be broke for a while, but, if ever do go independent, you'll have the credentials to attract a better quality (better paying?) caliber of student.

    Hmm. I hope that's clearer. :oops:
  20. lynn

    lynn New Member

    Speaking of credentials, maybe Canada is a little different, but our chain studios have their own credentials which is somewhat different than what the province offers. So in a sense, eventhough you'll build up a reputation within the chain environment, unless you compete outside (which is probably prohibited by the studio anyways), it may be difficult once you decide to go independent....

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