Not so long ago, careers in pole dancing consisted almost exclusively of entertaining in clubs. Today, more and more women (and a growing minority of men!) are interested in learning to teach pole dancing, as demand for classes in this fun and sexy form of fitness increases.
So don't be surprised when your cousin Tiffany says she just got a
job pole dancing...she might actually be referring to her new job as a
pole dancing instructor!
I get a lot of inquiries from potential instructors looking for pole dancing jobs, so I decided to write down all my suggestions here. I hope this information will be helpful to you if you're thinking about getting into the business of helping others get fit and have fun on a dance pole!
The most obvious place to start your search is at your local pole dancing studio, if there's one in your area. Particularly if you've been a student there, they may well be interested in training you to teach.
Since you're already familiar with the class formats and probably know many of the other students, you might just be a natural fit
If there's no pole studio in your area but you have prior experience in teaching dance or fitness, you may want to consider these options, particularly if self-employment appeals to you:
* open your own studio
* partner with a gym or recreation centre to offer pole classes at their facility
* start a pole dancing party business
* teach private or semi-private lessons in your home
Depending on your prior experience, you may want to take some kind of pole dance instructor training first, but all of the above options are excellent ways to create your own pole dancing job.
As an added bonus, if there is no pole studio in your area you will likely do well by starting up your own venture, as you won't have any competition.
If you're planning to relocate and want to find a teaching job in your new city, you can check this searchable pole dancing directory to help you find a studio. Or do an online search for pole dancing studios in the area.
When you start your pole dancing job search, try to contact the studio owner directly, either through a personal email address or by phone.
Briefly introduce yourself and explain the purpose of your call or email - business owners are very busy people and it pays to show that you understand this by being succinct and to the point.
Make sure the owner or manager knows you've visited the studio website. Ask a couple of pertinent questions about specific classes that interest you, to show that you've done some research on what they offer.
Then ask if it would be alright if you had a quick chat with either the owner or a lead instructor sometime after you arrive, as you're interested in learning about any teaching or apprenticeship opportunities the studio might have.
The point is just to make some no-pressure contact before you arrive so that when you do get to town and have a chance to visit the studio, you can contact the owner again and remind her or him of your previous conversation.
Hopefully the person you spoke to will remember you, and maybe even have had a chance to see you in action in class. Now you can ask about future job openings and what kind of training or certification they might require.
Just be mindful of the fact that longer term teaching staff can feel threatened by a new instructor.
Make sure the owner knows you're interested in learning from the other teachers, that you'd be more than happy to help out to prove yourself first, and that you don't want to take hours away from any of the established teachers.
Whether you decide to apply for a teaching job at an existing studio, or approach a gym or recreation center about a possible business partnership, it's important to present a professional appearance, both in person and on paper.
Now this doesn't mean you need to show up for an interview in a business suit of course! What it does mean is that you should present yourself as a competent fitness professional when seeking pole dancing jobs.
Bring a resume with you, and make sure it highlights your relevant qualifications. These might include any of the following:
And while you should be professional in your approach, this doesn't mean you need to be boring!
Let your natural personality shine through,so the person interviewing you can see what you'll be like in front of a class.
If you're naturally outgoing, that's great.
If you're the shy, quiet type you don't need to pretend to be someone you're not, but you may want to really think through your desire to be an instructor.
Keep in mind that teaching requires you to be "on" while you are in front of the room, and that it takes a LOT of energy to keep a group of adults entertained, engaged, and focused all at the same time.
Other qualities to cultivate in yourself that will likely be seen as an asset when looking for pole dancing jobs are friendliness, helpfulness, a caring attitude, and a positive outlook.
It's one thing to be able to do something well, but it requires an entirely different skill set to be able to teach that skill to others. For this reason, I love the old-fashioned apprenticeship model of learning.
Whether you take prior training in teaching pole dancing or not, an apprenticeship will give you the opportunity for supervised, on the job training.
Ideally, it will also expose you to different teaching styles as you assist and work with other experienced instructors.
Ask questions when you have the opportunity, and always show your appreciation to instructors who take the time to help you learn.
If you're thinking of getting into teaching and want to know one of the best ways to get great pole dancing jobs, here's the secret: demonstrate a passion for learning and a commitment to helping.
And I don't mean just learning pole dancing moves. Learn how to be a great teacher by analyzing instructors you admire. Put yourself in their shoes and try to see things from their perspective rather than from a student's point of view.
Stay open to learning continuously and soon the studio owner may approach YOU to ask if you're interested in teaching pole dancing!