Jenyne Butterfly, Champion Pole Dancer and Instructor.
To become an instructor of any type of fitness one should have an extensive dance background, an education in personal training, or a fitness related license. A fitness instructor should have basic knowledge in anatomy as well as a skill set of safety methods and procedures. Specifically a Pole Dance Instructor should have at least one of the fitness instructor qualities, significant prior pole dancing experience, pole dance certification, or a combination of any of these qualities.
Qualities a pole dance instructor should have:
- Positive Leader
- Patient, Gentle, & Encouraging
- Sense of Humor
Pole dance instructors will need to be happy working with people all day long every day. They will need to know how to be positive leaders and motivate even the most resistant of students with a cheerful spirit. They will need to know how to be patient and how to keep the attention of the entire class for the whole time allotted. A good pole dance instructor will have an air of confidence without being intimidating, and will make people feel relaxed and at ease in their company. Clients should feel comfortable to make their own dance unique, to make some mistakes, and to ask any questions they might have. A good instructor is a positive face for the business, and he or she always remains professional with clients. A pole dance instructor should be creative because they will constantly be inventing new routines and choreography for their classes. An excellent instructor finds ways to stay inspired and excited about the field, and a sense of humor is always a plus. Smiling, laughing, and keeping things light always makes for good times!
A pole dance instructor will need to be reliable to come to work on time. There will be people waiting for the instructor and clients may become easily frustrated if the instructor is late, or worse if he or she doesn’t come at all.
Pole dance instructors invent and execute routines and choreography for their classes, as well as choose the music that fits with the routine appropriately. They should be able to perform the whole piece beautifully so that a student may watch and aspire to do the same. An instructor should be watching each student carefully and making the students feel appreciated and included. Each student at some point should be gently guided and corrected if they are doing the moves incorrectly.
On occasion, an instructor might have to tidy up around the studio or help the receptionist log in students, answer the phone, or other administrative duties. He or she will also be expected to promote the studio and its services and products. Instructors will try to help the studio remain competitive, busy, and full of clients.
A pole dance instructor will need to understand ahead of time where he or she will fit into the Studio’s weekly schedule and which hours he or she will be working. Generally fitness studios are open from 8am until 9pm every week day, and on the weekends from 10am until 8pm. These hours can vary greatly with each gym or studio. With pole dancing, as with most sports activities, there is a risk of injury on the job. Clients at times can also make mistakes and hurt themselves. An instructor should be aware of the dangers and learn to take proper precautions, and they should provide their own liability insurance.
The pay for an instructor can range anywhere from $15-$70 per hour. Most studios offer a flat rate per hour or a pay-per-student option. Depending on how many hours a week you work, you could make a pretty decent salary.
How to get into a Studio
This fantastic article has great pointers and insightful details about how to find and approach a studio for a work opportunity. They cleverly explain a subtle and convincing method for introducing yourself and getting noticed politely by the right people. They also touch on physical appearance and how to make a beautiful presentation, possible challenges, and opportunities for growth. We could not have said it better.
Now that you have all the tools you need, step out of the box and onto the exciting road of dance and fitness!