A few years ago I left a dead end job as a pressman and became a full-time dance instructor. For a couple of years I made my own schedule and stayed up late every night. It was a nice reprieve from the normal 9-6.
Now I work full-time and teach part-time. I hope to again create a situation where I can have my own schedule again.
Right now, I'm a dance consumer, completely. But in the near future, I'm hoping to branch out and do something in the dance business -- shoes, or teaching, or costumes, or performing, or choreographing, or something. :? *shrug*
Time for an explanation. I learned to dance at my university's dance club. I've been dancing there for about three years now and have progressed from an inept klutz to someone who knows enough about salsa to take a turn teaching the beginner group classes.
All our regular teachers are volunteers (they get an honorarium of $10/lesson - enough for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake after the class). The organising comittee (of which I am part) don't pay for regular lessons, although we do if we have a visiting professional taking a series of classes.
So there ya go - sometimes a student, sometimes an instructor, neither paid nor paying, definitely Other.
Wow, Sarah. Cool explanation. Someone else mentioned a volunteer instructor program in a long-ago thread. Seems like a win-win to me. Helps out the dance school, the new students, and helps the volunteer learn to teach. You can't beat that.
It is, great fun, but I don't think I want to make a career out of it. For one thing I've no real interest in competing, doing dance exams, or most of the legwork I'd have to do to consider myself properly qualified to be paid for dance lessons.
I know what you mean, Sarah. And for a long time I told myself that I didn't want to deal with all the things you mention or people's attitudes, either. But lately I'm reconsidering. Not that you should. But I'm thinking about competition, and especially thinking about how much more dance I could learn more quickly, if I focused on dance as a career, rather than a hobby. (I use the word hobby advisedly. Obsession is more like it. :lol: )