Do you want to become a Teacher?

The best way to find out information on how to become a teacher is to call the studio / School that you studied with. If you have not yet studied join a teacher as a student and then after a while decide if you wish to do what your teacher is doing. There are many ways to becoming a teacher and all have UPs and DOWNs; for example joining an American syllabus studio in South Africa means you will learn and work back the cost of your lessons and exams which your studio will probably carry. But you will probably not be allowed to enter the International competitions. Studying through the International syllabus is fine if you want to enter the competitions but you will probably have to cover all the costs yourself. American teachers generally earn more as when I was teaching American some of my colleagues were earning R15000 plus but that meant very long hours; and when I was teaching International most of my colleagues were just managing to make it but the amount you earn is all dependent on how you run your business and how you promote yourself. Although you might make a decision it is not impossible to change once you've got really into it as the bottom line is that when you get to the top the syllabus steps are very similar although the technique will vary. Remember that Ballet dancers who cross over to Ballroom or Latin American usually do well, so crossing over from International to American or Vice Versa will not be impossible. Some of the brave teachers study both styles as do some ballet dancers studying tap and/or modern as well.

Before you call anyone you must firstly decide what you would like to do once you are a teacher. Do you wish to teach competitive work or do you wish to teach high school syllabus work? Do you wish to teach social dancing or groups? Do you intend dancing full time or part time? Do you wish to take up this career in another country? If so, Where? As the United Kingdom is great if you are international syllabus and America is the place if you are American Syllabus. Some countries have both. Some countries host competitions for both styles and some only do one or the other. Here is a list of what stats are presently available and some info on answering the above questions:
PLEASE NOTE: I cannot be held responsible if the info is incorrect or changes, but it is relatively accurate.
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Description
 International Style
 American Style
 United Kingdom Competitive Work

YES

NO
 United States Competitive Work

 YES

 YES
 Britain Full time teaching

 GOOD

 NO
 America Full time teaching

 GOOD

Very GOOD
 KwaZulu Natal Full time teaching

 BAD

BAD
 Gauteng Full time teaching

 GOOD

EXCELLENT
 Cape Full time teaching

 GOOD

GOOD
 Social work

 BAD

EXCELLENT