With all of the popular dance shows on television today, creating a fundraiser tied to dance lessons should be a smashing success. The best part is that you can customize the fundraising event to include whatever style of dance you want, including ballroom, jazz, hip-hop, swing, country line dancing, salsa and more.

If you have a dance school or studio and are looking for fundraising ideas, this is a no-brainer. You can have your kids and / or students lead the fundraiser by giving the lessons themselves. But the concept will work well for just about any type of group or organization needing to raise funds, including schools, churches, clubs and more.


Decide on what type of lessons you want to offer (think about your potential audience and decide what they would be most interested in).

Find an instructor in your community (or even students from a local dance school) and negotiate an hourly rate (knowing it’s for a charitable cause, they may be willing to do it for free or at a reduced cost).

Set a date, time and reserve a facility that will be large enough to handle a large group of dancers.

Make sure that the facility floor will be appropriate for dancing. If you plan on catering only to adults, you may be able to rent out the space in a local bar which is already set up for dancing.

Make sure that there will be no issues with loud music which may disturb other building tenants (you should coordinate all of this with the dance instructor as they will be able to tell you what sort of audio equipment you will need to set up).

Have water and some healthy snacks available.

Now for the good part. How much to charge? Well that depends on where you are located and who your potential audience is. Make sure you are promoting the fact that this is a fun, fundraising event, and not a professional dance audition. The event should last no more than 1 to 2 hours. You should be able to collect up to $20 per person (higher or lower depending on your audience). Have fun. If you do decide to hold your own fundraiser involving dance lessons, be sure to take pictures and let us know how it went!

Off-shoot fundraising ideas:

Create an event strictly for “Dance Moms” or “Dance Dads” (fun for school fundraisers)

Note: as with all fundraisers, if you think you’ll need to carry insurance for your event, get it.