Dance School Owners and Managers


Dance School Owners and Managers


A growing number of people are becoming interested in taking dance lessons as a result of the popularity of television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Ballroom Challenge, and Dancing with the Stars; an interest in becoming physically fit; and other factors. Dance school owners operate academies that teach dance moves and techniques to individuals and groups. These schools may focus on a specific dance genre—such as ballet or tap dance—or they may teach a variety of styles. Dance sch...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Extensive experience as a dancer and as a manager at a dance-rela



Business Management


Personality Traits



The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide information on earnings for dance school owners and managers, but it does report that general and operations managers earned median annual salaries of $100,930 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent of general and operations managers earned $44,710, while the top 25 percent made $157,120 or more. An owner of a large and successful dance school can have ...

Work Environment

A popular dance school can be a very busy and lively place—filled with music, the sound of dancers gliding (or trying to glide) across the floor, and the encouragement of instructors as dancers practice their routines. During the course of a week, a school might offer dance instruction for retirees and toddlers in the mornings and early afternoons, and classes for older children and adults home...


The dance studio industry generated $4 billion in revenue in 2018, according to the research firm IBISWorld, which suggests that owning a top school can be lucrative. On the other hand, there is a lot of competition out there for the dollars of potential dance students, and many dance schools go out of business after a few years. Dance school owners with business acumen and strong name-recognit...