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The right moves

education Updated: Jul 17, 2012 18:04 IST

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The lowdown
Dance instructors teach different forms of dances, including bharatnatyam, kathak, bhangra, Bollywood/ contemporary, salsa, zumba, belly dance, b-boying/break-dance, waltz, tango, and ballroom dance. They cater to people taking to the floor out of sheer passion for it, for health reasons or to become pros, especially in the big metros. The popularity of various talent shows on television has created more room for instructors in the country. To be able to become an instructor, you should have good training in one or more dance form, preferably under the wings of an established name. Becoming an Indian classical dance teacher requires long years of teaching and practice

Clockwork
7.30am: Set out for studio/institute
8am: Start workshops
9am: Meet participants/ troupe to plan for an upcoming performance/ festival/ client’s wedding
10am: Start rehearsals with participants/ troupe
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Study journals and online dance resources
7-8pm: Conduct class for weekday batch

The payoff
The earnings depend on your skill, capability, experience and reputation. A well-known choreographer/trainer is known to charge Rs. 3,600 for 15 classes in Delhi

Skills/TRAITS
* Be highly energetic and able to perform flawlessly
* Strong communication skills
* Should be able to inspire and motivate one’s dancers
* Ability to realise creative vision
* Managing logistics
* Visualisation skills
* Curious about new developments in dance

Getting there
An instructor needs to display excellent dance skills to gain credibility. So, intensive training from a credible trainer/guru or with a well-known dance troupe with several productions under its belt is necessary. After a decade of perfecting one’s dancing skills (preferably across genres, that is, Indian classical dance forms, jazz, salsa, waltz etc), one can go it alone. One should assist an established teacher/choreographer for five years to learn the wide variety of skills required to lead a class and/or create a production

Institutes and URLs
* Shiamak Davar's Institute for the Performing Arts, multiple locations across the country, including Delhi
www.shiamak.com
* Terence Lewis Inc India, Mumbai www.terencelewis.com
* Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore www.natyamaya.in
* Ananda Shankar Centre of Performing Arts, Kolkata http://www.tanusreeshankar.com/ascpa/ascpa/about_us.htm

Pros and cons
* Need to maintain high levels of fitness
* Dance helps you exercise
* An excellent form of expression
* Dealing with creative people
* Might need to travel for festivals etc

Break the hitch, put on your shoes, groove to the beat, and prove to yourself, not others, that you were absolutely right for a dancing career Kritika Gupta, dance trainer, Fitness First, New Delhi