Ever Thought About Becoming a hip hop Dance Teacher?

Before you dismiss the idea of becoming a hip hop dance teacher, perhaps because you think it’s beyond your skill set or you don’t have the right personality for it, the world of teaching hip hop dance is a huge and varied one, encompasses everything from introducing toddlers to take their first basic dance steps to preparing a troupe to compete at an elite international event.

Hip hop dance is not all about being in your face and able to spin around on your back or defy gravity; the spread of hip hop dance has come about largely because it can be different things to different people.

A World of Opportunity

The popularity of hip hop dance and other urban dance styles has led to a lot of experimentation with many different hip hop fusions now joining the scene. If you are already a dance teacher in another discipline (ballet, jazz, modern, etc.) then there will either already be people out there teaching a hip hop fusion style or, if not, you could be the one starting a whole new trend. And it’s not just dance either; hip hop has been fused with everything from sports and performing arts to PSHE education and children’s activities, so if your experience or passion is in those areas, consider becoming a dance teacher to increase your employability in those fields.


Another great thing about being a dance teacher is that you can focus as narrowly or broadly as you wish. If you have stars in your eyes there are numerous national and international events, competitions and showcases to set your sights on. If you have more modest ambitions or want to fit your work as a dance teacher around other work or family commitments then you could run a small class in the local area.

A Huge and Varied Market

The time is definitely right to become a hip hop dance teacher. The popularity of hip hop and dance is evident in the hundreds of R&B and pop music videos, the explosion in hip hop related clothing and accessories and the numerous reality and ‘mockumentary’ dance shows (e.g. ‘The Next Step,’ ‘Taking the Next Step,’ ‘Dance Academy,’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’)

Hip hop dance is also one of the most inclusive art forms on the planet, suitable for everyone regardless of age, gender, social class and ability level. There are specialist classes for pre-school children, those of school age, teens, adults, disabled people and seniors. If you particularly enjoy working with a particular demographic then you can focus your efforts there.

Become an Instructor with Hip Hop Tots®

If you have experience with pre-school children, whether as a dance teacher, an activity provider or just as a parent or sibling, then you might want to become an instructor with Hip Hop Tots®. Hip Hop Tots® fuses basic hip hop dance with popular children’s activities (stories, songs and play) to create a fun and varied session for parents and their pre-school age children. Our one-day training courses, Hip Hop Tots in a Box starter kit and affordable licence fees are designed to make it as easy as possible for you to pursue a flexible career that fits in with your lifestyle. For more information, please get in touch with our friendly team.

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Paula Sampson Lawrence

Hip Hop Tots® is a parent-child activity suitable for both boys and girls from 18 months to 6 years of age; sessions can run all the year round and are guaranteed to appeal to every child – because all children love to move.