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Insurance for dance teachers – why is it important?

In a space you’ve rented or your own home studio – wherever dance takes you, accidents, slip-ups, and unexpected events can hit hard. From public liability insurance for dance teachers (built to cover injuries and damage) to personal accident policies for your own incidents, our cover works to protect the business you’ve built.

  • dance teacher insurance, UK-based claims and customer service team
  • public liability insurance – dance teacher liabilities covered from £1 million
  • optional personal accident cover for your own accidents and injuries
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What does dance insurance cover?

We’ll start off with public liability insurance – a popular protection for the ballet and dance industry. You can also include employers’ liability cover, for any team members you’re legally required to insure. From there, you can pick and choose the covers that may suit your business, from personal accident insurance to business and office equipment cover.

Public liability insurance for dance teachers

In case your dance business causes an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by dance teacher public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone’s property, caused by your dance business
  • an injury or illness caused by your business activities or products
  • accidental damage or injuries caused by your employees

If you do employ anyone, you’re usually required by law to have employers’ liability insurance too.

For example:

  • a student trips over a bag of dance equipment while changing after one of your classes – she needs several stitches and will miss an audition
  • you forget to put up a wet paint sign and a parent gets paint all over their new designer handbag, while waiting to collect their son

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case anyone gets ill or injured while working for your dance business.

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury or illness that happens as a result of working for you (including temps and casual workers)

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • a student teacher you’ve taken on sprains their ankle during a class
  • one of your employees trips over a dance mat on their way into the studio, breaking their wrist

Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.

Business and office equipment insurance

In case something happens to your essential kit.

What’s typically covered by business and office equipment insurance?

  • theft of the equipment you use to operate, from your laptop to your sound system
  • loss of your equipment
  • flood, fire, or accidental damage

For example:

  • your new sound system is stolen from the studio while you’re on holiday. It’s located by the police, but damaged beyond repair
  • while hurrying down some stairs in the school you’re teaching at, your laptop falls out of your bag, smashing on the concrete floor

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Legal expenses insurance

In case you have to pay legal costs connected with your dance business.

What’s typically covered by legal expenses insurance?

  • legal costs attributed to your dance business
  • property damage, nuisance, or trespass and associated legal costs
  • HMRC, tax, and compliance issues, if they come up
  • includes a tax advice helpline, a 24/7 confidential legal helpline, and crisis PR support to help you protect your reputation as a sought after dance teacher

For example:

  • one of your students is refusing to pay their tuition fees, claiming you guaranteed them to achieve a specific grade – you need to pay for legal representation
  • an employee brings a claim against you for providing an unsafe working environment, and you need to pay court expenses

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Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at or outside of work.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • accidental injury or death at work or elsewhere, for anyone covered on the policy
  • lost income, medical costs, and hospitalisation benefit

For example:

  • you twist your ankle during class and can’t teach for over a week
  • the student dance teacher you’ve hired traps their hand in the car door and needs to rest it for two weeks

Read more about personal accident insurance

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of business insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

How much does dance teachers insurance cost?

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Prices start from £6.00 per month

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How we work out example prices We take the highest price from the bottom 10 per cent of all our customers paying in monthly instalments (based on data from 1 January - 31 August 2021). Most customers pay more than this but some pay less.

Example dance teacher insurance quotes, real prices

£7.53 /month

£55.28 /month

A part time dance teacher taking a few lessons a week in the local hall

  • 1-2 years' experience
  • Sole trader
  • No employees
  • Based in Birmingham

Public liability

£1,000,000


Employers’ liability

Not included


Contents & business equipment

Not included

£25.23 /month

£224.3 /month

A small dance company who teach all ages

  • 5+ years' experience
  • Limited company
  • 2 employees
  • Based in Swansea

Public liability

£2,000,000


Employers’ liability

£10,000,000


Contents & business equipment

£10,000

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 20/01/2021). They’re based on a range of factors, like employees and location. Your own quote will be based on what you tell us about your business. Prices may go up or down from day to day, so the prices you’re quoted may differ to the ones you see here.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance coverLowest excessHighest excess
Public liability£100£2500
Employers' liabilityNo excessNo excess
Tools£60£500
Stock£100£500
Business and office equipment£50£750

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of business insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.

Which type of workers do I need insurance for?

Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement if you employ people.

If you have people working for you, including bona fide subcontractors (BFSC), labour-only subcontractors (LOSC), part-timers, or full-time staff, employers’ liability insurance is required by law.

Read on for our simplified guide to the difference between labour-only subcontractors and bona fide subcontractors.

Does dance teacher insurance cover my work correctly?

Make sure you're picking the right cover to protect you properly. It's important to know that if you have another trade or job, you'll need additional cover. For example, do you need to consider private tutor insurance or fitness instructor insurance?

Do I need cover for other types of work?

If you provide these services alongside building work, make sure you’re covered:

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Which public liability cover limit should I choose?

Think about the maximum possible loss your business could face in the event of a claim, and make sure you take legal fees and damages into consideration. You can choose from three levels of coverage – £1 million, £2 million, or up to £5 million.


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How do claims work?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive. The figure below is rounded across our range of products. Our claims process may vary for different products and operates on a ‘claim by claim’ basis.

£30 million in claims paid out in 2019

Paying 80% of settled claims within 24 hours in 2019

Example claim

Having freelance dance teacher insurance through Simply Business has saved professionals thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Freya saved more than £780

While driving to the studio, Freya (not her real name) suffered severe whiplash during a road traffic accident, with a sprain to her neck and spine. The optional personal accident insurance in her dance insurance policy covered Freya’s medical costs and lost income.

Insurance payout

£780.95

Covering the cost of personal accident


Freya’s costs

£100

The excess amount stated in Freya’s policy terms

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Dance instructor insurance FAQ

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about dance teacher insurance. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • Public liability insurance will be a key cover for many dance teachers – it’s built to cover you for injuries and property damage, if your student or another member of the public makes a claim. Is there a risk that your student could get injured and sue for compensation, for example, because of your work?

    Alongside dance teacher public liability insurance, you may want to add cover for things like your essential business kit and equipment. And if you employ anyone (including contractors or temps), employers’ liability cover is usually a legal requirement.

  • This depends on your business, the students you’re working with and the venues you’re teaching in. There’s no legal requirement to have public liability insurance in place, but many venues won’t let you work unless you do, usually at a pre-specified level. If your business was held responsible for a third party injury or property damage, dance instructor public liability insurance could step in to cover the costs.

  • Yes. You may start offering additional services that require you to use different skills or carry out different tasks. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to give us a call on 0333 043 8527 to update your policy before you take on this new work. If you don’t have the correct type of cover in place for the work you do, you may be unable to claim on your policy if something goes wrong.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly instalments.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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