Dance Teachers: Who Should Earn More? Lawyers or Dance Teachers?

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This is for all the Dance Teachers out there!

So, seems easy enough. Who should earn more? A dance teacher, or an attorney? Well, let's see …

Well, let's start with who does earn more? I bet most you would answer the attorney right? A cool one or two hundred thousand a year.

Buzz. Wrong answer! The dance teacher outearns (and outlives) the attorney 99 percent of the time, no matter how you slice it, and no matter how many ways you play out the scenario.

The dance teacher can easily out-earn almost any profession, as long as they know how. No, I'm not kidding. I'll even prove it to you soon!

I think, we can all agree, while this may be true, that there are few dance teachers out there earning more than their legal counterparts. In fact, most barely make any kind of living at all. Why is that?

Whom provides more value to the individual?
Whom provides more value to society?
Whom enriches people(s) lives? (note the word, "enriches")
Whom creates happiness and positivity?
Whom changes lives for the better, rarely if ever for the worse?
Whom creates health, beauty, grace and bestows a skill?

Based on these questions, the dance teacher should be worth more than any attorney can possibly bring you, yet the dance teacher is often paid a fraction of an attorney's hourly cost.

I really want to delve into this, but my dance classes at the Rockit Room are about to start.

My hourly rate for these classes hovers around $1000 an hour, and I teach all night. How is that possible? Well, I plan on telling you exactly how, and sharing with you a way for you to get paid what you're worth.

Most dance teacher's, including myself, work out of passion. Some dance teacher's, not including myself, mistake "art" and "passion" as requiring you to be poor, or to be make little or no money.

I don't think so. In fact, I think you're selling your art, your students, and your dance, way short, by not earning more. I'll tell you why, straightforwardly too.

In my next post, I'll share with you why this is, indeed, the wrong question to be asking – but for now, have fun with it. What do you think? Are you earning more than the personal injury lawyer down your block?

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  • Kristin

    I am a dance teacher myself, but this really doesn't' make much sense. Society needs attourneys just as much as it needs artists and dance instructors. To try to say that one is more "valuable" than another is kind of offensive. Besides the fact that this whole concept really doesn't make much sense. I don't know anyone who can make huge bucks being a dance teacher unless they are simply EXTREMELY good at it, which comes only with immense dedication, self discipline, and usually natural talent. Besides the fact that art is not, never has been, and never will be focussed on making money, lest it will cease being art.

  • salsacrazy

    Wow, Kristin! I love your comment. Thank you for commenting – there's a lot to discuss here!

    You say "Society needs attorneys just as much as it needs artists and dance instructors", yet you seem to not acknowledge the fact that the two are paid very differently. The starting legal salary is 150k, while a dance teacher is lucky to get 30k. I'm not trying to say that one is more valuable than another, but rather, that one makes so much more than the other, for no reason apart form the way they value themselves, and society dictates we should value them.

    Further, an artists that focuses on money, can't create art? So, art can't be worth any money? If you are an "Artist" you must be poor? That's exactly the kind of thinking I'm trying to make a point of. I do not believe that to be true. I believe artists owe it to their art, their students, and their craft, to actually make money, and be valued at what they are worth (which is a lot).

    When I hear people say that they are a dance teacher, and to be a good dance teacher, or an artist, they must be poor, "lest it stop being art", I think they aren't valuing themselves, or their craft, perhaps as highly as they should.

    I'd hope you're a great dance teacher, and I'd hope you think you're worth millions of dollars, and what you bring to the world, apart from great happiness and joy, also has a monetary value. It's not I whom attaches this value, it's society, and right now, society AND teacher's themselves, have a very low opinion of their ability to actually earn a good living.

    When someone replies, as you did (thanks again), and reinforces the idea that dance teachers need to be poor, need never make money, and deservedly are

  • salsacrazy

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  • Patrick

    Very well said, salsa crazy!

    It is indeed a sad sight to see many talented artists pass without getting that value they greatly deserve while they still walk this Earth. I know that their art would outlive them but I just wish that they had the chance to be recognized real time. But I guess that's just wishful thinking in my end.

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