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Strength in Numbers


Students apply finer points of technique learned at last summer's Cecchetti USA summer school in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Anthony Hawkesworth)

Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

Profile: Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey

Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, a nonprofit educational organization for dance teachers and other dance professionals established in 1936, calls itself the “members’ organization.” Its board strives to keep a “little, friendly organization” feel while offering the best educational, networking, and collaboration opportunities possible to dance teachers, their students, and the New Jersey dance community.

ADTNJ was one of the first honorees to receive the United Dance Merchants of America “Dedicated to Dance” award, in October 2010. The award honors “organizations and/or people who have shown untiring, remarkable dedication to the dance industry and who have fulfilled the needs of dance studios and dance teachers through extraordinary means.”

ADTNJ’s mission is to

  • advance and improve the teaching of dance;
  • provide members with opportunities to network with fellow teachers to discuss ideas, problems, and conditions of their profession;
  • serve the membership by welcoming suggestions;
  • encourage integrity by setting the highest ethical standards for the profession;
  • encourage friendship and fellowship among members;
  • provide educational opportunities for dance educators and their students; and
  • ensure that every ADTNJ member is important and valued.

Upon acceptance, members receive certification that recognizes their proven ability as dance teachers. Thereafter they are governed by a strict code of professional ethics. 

ADTNJ provides scholarships for deserving students of its member teachers. The Senior Dance Scholarship, honoring past president Frances L. Chalif, is awarded annually to three high school students based on an audition. The Junior Essay Scholarship is awarded annually to 10 students.

The organization’s dance workshops, held in fall and winter, bring master classes to New Jersey (free for ADTNJ members and offered at a significant discount to their students). Some popular master teachers have included Debbi Dee, Frank Hatchett, Steve Sirico, Angela D’Valda Sirico, Sarah Jo Fazio, Deborah Mitchell, Patricia Dickinson, Jo Rowan, Mark Santoro, Pat Y-O, Sheila Barker, Rhonda Miller, and Mike Schulster.

Once a year, member teachers gather at the Networks seminar to discuss and share information on topics related to advancing and improving the art of teaching dance, as well as ideas about the dance studio business. Guest speakers, Q&A sessions, and other formats help members become better dance educators.

ADTNJ takes great pride in providing an environment of true camaraderie among its teachers. Many lifelong friendships can be traced back to membership in the organization.

The next workshop dates are October 16, 2011, and February 12, 2012. For more information, visit

July Events

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters www.; 815.397.6051
cnadm.comEvent: Summer Dance Workshops
When: July 18-25
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago/Oak Brook, IL
What: World-class faculty instruction for both teachers and students with core classes in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern, and specialty classes in hip-hop, ballroom, audition prep, partnering, and more.

Dance and the Child International USA www.; 940.369.7293
daciusa.comEvent: Breaking Boundaries, Creating Connections
When: July 12-15
Where: University of North Texas, Denton, TX
What: Daily multigenerational core classes, technique classes, classes in various dance genres and dance cultures, plus workshops and activities connecting to storytelling and the visual arts. Also features a symposium for classroom and dance teachers interested in interdisciplinary learning through dance and who wish to hone their skills at developing curriculum-integrated movement lessons.

Dance Council of North Texas www.; 214.219.2290
thedancecouncil.orgEvent: Taste Dance Addison Style
When: July 31
Where: Addison Conference and Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX
What: A program of diverse dance performances, since 2002.

Dance Educators of America www.; 914.636.3200
DEAdance.comEvent: Ballet Seminar
When: July 5-10
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
What: A workshop devoted to classical ballet and related subjects for serious students ages 10-18, geared to enhance their technique and knowledge while providing an overview of the time and work required for a career in classical dance.<!–

Event: National Competition and Workshop
When: July 11-16
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
What: National convention competition July 11-13, with the national workshop and banquet July 14-16.

Dance Masters of America www.; 866.956.4636
dma-national.orgEvent: National Convention
When: July 3-9
Where: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL
What: Convention classes with top faculty. Grand National Championship Competition includes solo titles and scholarship auditions totaling more than $200,000 in awards.

Event: Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP)When: July 19-23
Where: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
What: Advanced students ages 13-18 take class in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, and auditioning, and attend lectures about career dance opportunities.

Event: Teachers Training School (TTS)
When: July 25-29
Where: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
What: An educational program of courses and classes for both beginning and longtime dance teachers.

National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts Inc. www.; 414.353.8884
nadaa.comEvent: Summer National Conventions and Competitions
Where: Hanover Marriott, Whippany, NJ
When: July 7-9
What: Convention and competition for Greater New York Chapter #36

Event: Summer National Convention
Where: Country Springs Resort and Water Park, Waukesha, WI
When: July 15-17
What: Convention for Greater Midwest Chapter #37

Royal Academy of Dance www.; 661.336.0160
radusa.orgEvent: Royal Academy of Dance International Summer School
When: July 25-30
Where: California State University, Long Beach, CA
What: A six-day vocational graded syllabus intensive for students preparing for RAD examinations.

August Events

Cecchetti USA www.; 
Event: Summer School
When: August 7-13
Where: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
What: Classes for students in the Cecchetti Syllabus Classes grades 4-7, majors 8-10, or Maestro Cecchetti Diploma. Non-syllabus classes in pointe work, variations, pas de deux, evening lectures and activities. Also, qualifying courses and exams for teachers.

Dance Council of North Texas www.; 214.219.2290
thedancecouncil.orgEvent: Summer Salsa
When: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle, Addison, TX
What: Saturday night presentation with live salsa music and performances. Participants can learn to salsa dance free from 7pm to 8pm.

Royal Academy of Dance   www.; 661.336.0160
radusa.orgEvent: Introduction to the New Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Examination Syllabuses Teaching Course
When: August 5-7
Where: Dallas, TX, and Falls Church, VA
What: From 2012, the RAD will replace its current Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabuses with two new syllabuses that will challenge and inspire students technically, artistically, musically, and creatively.


Strength in Numbers


Dance teacher organizations—where to team up, share ideas, and be heard

Profile: Dance Council of North Texas
The Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT), a nonprofit founded in 1973, provides artistic, educational, and cultural opportunities to dancers, teachers, and professionals of all ages, races, and abilities through dance festivals, master classes, scholarships, professional recognition, adaptive dance programs, collaborations, and partnerships.

Strength and control go hand in hand when Orizon company members Tristan Hersey (left) and Luis Anzualda perform at Taste Dance: Addison Style.

Membership represents a huge cross-section of the dance world—dance fans, teachers, students, studios, schools, universities, dance-related businesses, individual artists, choreographers, professional companies, performers, and movement specialists. The organization provides services primarily to the North Texas area but also reaches across the nation through electronic media.

Originally called the Dallas Dance Council, the organization’s mission was to serve, support, and promote all aspects of dance and to encourage the dynamic presence of dance in the community. In 2009 the name was changed to DCNT to reflect a broader constituency and outreach.

DCNT continues to achieve its vision through its dedicated and energetic board of directors and volunteers. It receives funding through membership, individual donors, foundations, corporate sources, and from the city and state.

Since 1995 DCNT has reached beyond the confines of the studio and classroom to develop a wide range of annual dance programs that strive to create opportunities for the community to appreciate and experience dance. Programming is designed to increase awareness, provide access, foster dance education, encourage serious commitment to dance studies, communicate timely information about dance events, and provide avenues to enjoy, observe, and participate in all genres of dance.

In 2010 $30,000 in scholarships went to 30 outstanding dance students to attend distinguished summer dance programs, and also to three dance educators to attend professional development seminars. Adaptive dance programs provide classes to children with disabilities, senior citizens, and adults with neurological conditions.

Community partnerships are an important aspect of DCNT. The organization partners with Methodist Hospital in its annual Heart to Heart cardiology event, which promotes wellness and fitness. Dallas Summer Musicals is the partner for the weeklong National Tap Dance Celebration, offering free public showcases nightly with performances by more than 30 tap companies. DCNT collaborates with the town of Addison to produce a diverse program entitled Taste Dance: Addison Style, plus the town’s annual Summer Salsa workshops.

For the past 15 years DCNT has produced the Dance for the Planet Festival (now Dance Planet), the only community festival of its kind, with 24 master classes, a performance showcase by 80 dance groups, and 48 Pilates workout sessions, all free of charge. Dance Planet celebrates the diversity of dance in the North Texas community and helps expand artistic and cultural understanding.

DCNT also advocates for dance through its communication programs. The Dance Council circulates DANCE! North Texas, an award-winning quarterly publication featuring artistic, educational, and cultural opportunities, to 10,000 readers. CenterStage, a weekly electronic newsletter, keeps the public informed about performances, jobs, auditions, and other dance-related opportunities and activities. The organization’s website,, is a haven for information about dance in North Texas.

Dance Council of North Texas 214.219.2290;
Event: National Tap Dance Celebration
When: June 21-25
Where: Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Avenue, Dallas, TX
What: Free performances by 30-plus tap companies honoring this original American dance form.

Dance Educators of America 914.636.3200;
Event: National Title Competition deadline
When: May 2
What: All applications must be submitted by this deadline. The DEA National Title Competition is open exclusively to solos, male and female, at all age levels of competition: small fry, junior, preteen, teen, and senior.

Event: National competition NYC
When: June 30-July 2
Where: Manhattan Center, 317 West 35th Street, New York, NY
What: Adjudicated dance competition for students, including titles.

Event: Teacher training and certification
When: June 19-24
Where: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, 211 West 61st Street, New York, NY
When: June 29-July 4
Where: Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV
What: Designed for young teachers establishing their teaching experience, the program also extends its reach to established teachers wishing to renew, revitalize, and advance their teaching methods in classical ballet, tap, classical/contemporary jazz, modern, and theatrical acrobatics.

Dance Masters of America 866.956.4636;
Event: Jazz intensive program
When: June 30-July 2
Where: The Gaylord Palms Hotel, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
What: A new three-day program for serious jazz students ages 13 to 23.

Event: Ballet intensive program
When: June 30-July 2
Where: The Gaylord Palms Hotel, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
What: A three-day program for serious ballet students ages 13 to 23.

Dance Teachers Club of Boston 617.924.0444
Event: Scholarship auditions
When: May 7
Where: Jean Paige School of Dance, 1485 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
What: This year, three scholarships will be awarded to a 2011 high school graduate entering college with a major or minor in dance—the Lilla Frances Viles Scholarship, the National Dance Council Scholarship, and the Laura Linscott Scholarship.

National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Inc. 413.538.2432
Greater New England Chapter 20 national convention and competition
When: June 24-26
Where: Sheraton Bradley, Windsor Locks, CT
What: Classes with top faculty and competition.

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