Given the situation you describe, I must recommend that you do not teach ballet until you have had the opportunity to engage in more serious ballet training yourself. I'm sorry to have to say that. I know you love to dance. Beyond working and studying, any time you have left to devote to dance at this point would be better spent studying dance yourself rather than teaching it. I understand graduate school, I suffered through 9 years of it before graduating.
The hard reality here is that you are about as qualified to teach ballet as a sophmore pre-med student is qualified to teach medicine. Teaching is serious business because your students' future is in your hands. You may love teaching and your students may love dancing and love you as well. But if you try to teach them without being adequately prepared yourself, they will not learn what they need to learn. Those who might have wanted to dance ballet professionally will be shut out of the profession due to poor training. And then they will end up in the same situation as yourself --- loving to dance, but not qualified in classical ballet. Worse, your students could end up suffering injuries due to your negligence. How would you feel if one of your students ended up with permanent knee damage due to improper ballet technique?
I know it is difficult, but the mature thing to do here is to not teach the ballet class, even if the studio wants to hire you for the job. If you wish to teach ballet, it is certainly possible for you to learn how to do it safely and correctly. But that process will take time, it's not an instant thing. Life is long, you will have plenty of time after graduate school to teach ballet.
What I am saying here applies only to classical ballet; I don't understand the qualifications needed to teach tap and jazz dance. Given your experience, you certainly might be well qualified to teach tap and jazz to 9 and 10-year-old children.
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