Heading into 2015, I’m consumed with the logistics and planning for the next DanceLife Teacher Conference, coming up in late July/early August. To judge by this year’s roster of faculty and speakers, the theme for the 2015 DLTC should be “over the top.” In the two years between these events I run into many impressive people whose knowledge and skills would be perfect for the conference, and this time I went a little overboard. While creating the conference’s schedule (a daunting month-long project), I realized that accommodating a faculty of 38 and more than 125 classes, seminars, and special events meant expanding to four ballrooms. “Over the top” we go!
We are in conference mode here at the Rhee Gold Company and Dance Studio Life. What started as Project Motivate with 20 attendees in 1998 has morphed into the DanceLife Teacher Conference, which attracts more than 700 teachers, school owners, and studio managers from across the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Italy and Australia.
The next DanceLife Teacher Conference is coming up this summer, held August 1 through 4, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. And now you can see the most updated schedules and faculty roster at the brand-new DanceLife Teacher Conference website. Visit dancelifeteacherconference.com, and come back for updates!
One of the benefits of attending conferences is the opportunity to network—to make new professional contacts, share ideas, and develop new friendships. That’s what happened to me at the 2011 DanceLife Teacher Conference. It was my first time presenting a seminar at a major conference, and it was also when I met Melanie Gibbs, owner of Boca Dance Studio in Boca Raton, Florida. She and I have since formed a great mentoring relationship, and best of all, a friendship.
Last year I was awarded a scholarship sponsored by Backdrops Fantastic to the DanceLife Teacher Conference, and I wanted to pass on my good fortune by doing something to help others. That’s when I got involved in Relay for Life.
Joe Tremaine is the quintessential jazz dance pro. Growing up in the New Orleans area, immersed in what he calls “the best music on Earth,” Tremaine danced his way to New York City and Europe.
The DanceLife Teacher Conference grew out of an observation. As master teacher and convention owner Rhee Gold traveled the country in the late ’90s, he saw that dance teachers were feeling burned out and isolated in their field.
Looking back at the inception of Dance Studio Life and the entities now associated with it, including the conferences, seminars, and DanceLifeTV.com, I am humbled by the growth of these ventures and thankful for the support of so many dance people from throughout the world.
The scene was the DanceLife Teacher Conference in Orlando, Florida, where studio owners were batting around moneymaking ideas. One had done well by selling studio refrigerator magnets. Another had drummed up business by leaving her brochures in real estate offices where newcomers to town would find them. Good ideas, but nothing that would pay for that dream vacation in Cozumel.
In this video, Rhee Gold shares his humor and passion for the dance teaching profession. It is an excerpt from his keynote speech at the 2009 DanceLife Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ
There is a passion that is deep in the soul of all dance people . . . it is a feeling that can’t be explained to those who do not dance. That is our gift and it is what we pass on to the next generation. How cool is that!!! Have a great day—Rhee
Lots of new info on the 2011 DanceLife Teacher Conference, including faculty booked to date and and curriculum planned to date. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Scottsdale July 30-August 2 2011
DanceLifeTV We all share our passion in different ways; that’s what makes the dance community so cool. To judge or to gossip about other dance people is unbecoming of those who claim to know the passion. Life is short; no time for gossip . . .
We are fast approaching Project Motivate, the Studio Edition and we’re so excited that you will be joining us! Attendees are coming from across the US and Canada from the following states and provinces, Alberta, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Rhee Gold will present several seminars for various organizations in the summer and early fall. Please feel free to contact the organizations for more details on each event.
For the first time, Rennie and Rhee Gold join forces to bring the dance education field a unique inspirational experience. Rhee’s business and motivational seminars along with Rennie’s classroom and choreography concepts will bring attendees a continuing education experience like no other. Their passion for the art of dance and education is evident in all that they do. July 23-25 at the Gold School, Brockton, MA
Last August I attended the DanceLife Teacher Conference at the five-star Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, AZ. For myself, and I am guessing for most of the hundreds of dance teachers there, this was my first experience with a life of complete luxury and bliss.
An energetic vibe filled the air at the DanceLife Teacher Conference last August, with 585 attendees (mostly dance teachers, with a smattering of spouses and office managers) from the United States, Canada, Italy, and Mexico enjoying the luxe accommodations of The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ.
During the first week of July (2007), Boston was home to hundreds of dance school owners and teachers, along with dozens of studio staff members and dance industry vendors. The event was the first DanceLife Teacher Conference, held July 3–6 at the Park Plaza Hotel in the heart of the city’s Back Bay district.