In honor of the 20th anniversary of the United Dance Merchants of America Dance Resource and Costume Show, the annual Dedicated to Dance Award was bestowed on the 13 core companies that helped found this event and have exhibited continuously for 20 years.
The awards, presented for continued service to the dance industry and its customers, were handed out October 12 at the UDMA annual membership meeting. Honored companies included: A Wish Come True, Art Stone/The Competitor, Algy, Cicci Dance Supplies, Costume Gallery, Curtain Call, Dance Media, Dance Teacher Now Magazine, Lebo’s of Charlotte, Inc., M & I Dancewear, Weissman’s Designs for Dance, West Park Productions, and Wolff Fording & Company.
For more information on UDMA, visit www.udma.org.
Two popular DanceLife Teacher Conference master teachers, Roni Mahler and Madame Peff Modelski, will join Dance Theatre Southwest director Patricia Dickinson in a series of workshops to be held at three United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) Dance Resource and Costume Show locations this fall.
The new UDMA Dance Seminar Workshop aims to provide an extra opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills for teaching techniques to young students. Classes will run 90 minutes and will be taught by a different master teacher in each city: Patricia Dickinson in Atlanta (October 5 from 1 to 2:30pm), Roni Mahler in New Jersey (October 12 from 10 to 11:30am), and Madame Peff Modelski in Chicago (October 19 from 10 to 11:30am).
Following the theme “Celebrate Teaching: Exploring Ways to Teach Technique,” material will
focus mostly on ages 6 to 13 and apply to every level and any dance style. Using ballet and contemporary dance, the class will break down how to teach the basics: turnout, extension, placement and alignment, jumps, turns, moving through space, and more. The class will combine fun and easy demonstrations, plus discussions. Teachers are welcome to wear comfortable, danceable clothing and participate, or observe and take notes.
UDMA shows are free and open to all dance teachers and studio owners. Admission to the seminars is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 800.304.UDMA (8362) or email email@example.com with questions. For the latest UDMA news, visit http://www.udma.org/.
The United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Dance Resource & Costume Show in 2013 with shows in three locations and special giveaways.
Studio owners and dance teachers who attend any of this year’s three shows have a chance to win $4,000 in UDMA Gift Bucks (redeemable with any UDMA exhibitor) on Saturdays, or an iPad on Sundays.
Locations include Atlanta, Georgia, on October 5 and 6; the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on October 12 and 13; or Chicago, Illinois, on October 19 and 20. Saturday show hours are noon to 6pm in New Jersey and Illinois, or 3 to 6pm in Georgia; and 9am to 3pm Sundays in all cities.
The annual UDMA Dance Resource & Costume Show features a large selection of dance vendors—costumes, competitions, conventions, video and teaching tools, tours, flooring, fundraisers, magazines, and other organizations—showcasing complete product lines and offerings to help studios move forward. Register online, plus get more information, at www.UDMA.org or call 800.304.UDMA (8362). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Rhee Gold and a team of staff members spent a weekend chatting with friends and fellow dance lovers at the United Dance Merchants of America Dance Resource and Costume Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in the Chicago suburbs.
More than 50 dance industry companies representing all aspects of the business from costumes to software to music to travel presented their products to the many dance studio owners and teachers in attendance. Even torrential downpours and a brief “lockdown” (the hotel kept everyone indoors until warnings of potential tornados in the area were lifted) didn’t dampen the spirits of teachers and owners loaded down with catalogs and fun giveaways who laughed and shared success stories with Gold and Melissa Hoffman, a successful New Hampshire studio owner and regular DLTC presenter, at the Rhee Gold Company booth.
Gold fielded inquires about his plans for next summer’s DanceLife Teacher Conference, set for August 1 to 4, 2013, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as upcoming seminars at his new DanceLife Retreat Center in Massachusetts.
Show attendees also snapped up Gold’s studio management system of handbooks for recitals, students and parents, intensive dancers, and faculty and staff; as well as his latest T-shirt designs. He and his crew will be off again this coming weekend when UDMA holds its last show of the season at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.
Upcoming Retreat Center seminars include popular DLTC presenter Roni Mahler heading up a Teachers’ Ballet Intensive on November 3 and 4, with Gold leading a two-day discussion about competitions and intensive dancer programs on November 17 and 18. For more information, visit http://www.danceliferetreat.com/ .
United Dance Merchants of America supports teachers and studio owners by providing tools to set dance businesses in motion through a variety of seminars and master classes held at the organization’s regional events.
UDMA Dance Resource & Costume Shows for 2012 are scheduled for Long Beach, California, September 29 and 30; Atlanta, Georgia, October 6 and 7; Chicago, Illinois, October 13 and 14; and Secaucus, New Jersey, October 20 and 21. Classes planned include:
- Jazz Styles by Angelo Moio: September 29, Long Beach.
- Hip-Hop Class 101 by Gregg Russell: September 29; Long Beach.
- Tap Class by Debbi Dee: October 6, Atlanta.
- Staging a Production, Putting It Together by Robbie Mackey: September 29, Long Beach; October 6, Atlanta; October 13, Chicago; and October 20, Secaucus.
- Technology Now! by Anthony LoCascio: September 29, Long Beach; October 6, Atlanta; October 13, Chicago; and October 20, New Jersey.
- Exploring Giordano Technique by Nan Giordano: October 13, Chicago.
- Dancing School 101 by Bill DeRicco: October 6, Atlanta; October 20, Secaucus.
- Lyrical Styles by Sarah Jo Fazio: October 20, Secaucus.
- Tap Class by Avi Miller and Ofer Ben: October 13, Chicago.
United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) has announced four fall dates for the 19th Annual Dance Resource & Costume Show.
Designed specifically for the dance industry, the UDMA shows feature vendor booth and seminar sessions with information on costumes, competitions, conventions, video and teaching tools, tours, flooring, fundraisers, magazines, footwear, photography, and many other related services. Company representatives are on hand with samples and answer questions one-on-one.
Shows are scheduled for:
- Long Beach, California: September 29 and 30
- Atlanta, Georgia: October 6 and 7
- Chicago, Illinois: October 13 and 14
- Secaucus, New Jersey/New York: October 20 and 21
UDMA shows are open to dance professionals only. Attendees must register through a dance studio or school. For more information or to register, visit www.udma.org. For general inquiries, email email@example.com.
The United Dance Merchants of America has selected five recipients for its 2011 Dedication to Dance Award: Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Florida Dance Masters, Dance Masters of Southern California, California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors, and the Canadian Association of Dance Teachers.
The trade group, through its mission “to encourage the growth and development of dance,” selects organizations and/or individuals that show remarkable dedication to the industry and have fulfilled the needs of dance studios and dance teachers through extraordinary means.
“UDMA is pleased to recognize these outstanding organizations who bring dance to young people on a real grass-roots level,” says Sue Gordon, president of UDMA and Algy Costumes.
Awards will be given at 6:30pm on the Saturday night of each UDMA dance resource and costume trade show event. This year’s tour includes: September 24 and 25, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California; October 1 and 2, Gwinnett Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia; October 8 and 9, Meadowlands Exposition Center, Meadowlands, New Jersey; and October 15 and 16, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago, Illinois.
More information can be found at www.udma.org
Dates have been announced for the 18th annual UDMA (United Dance Merchants of America) Dance Resource and Costume Show, the country’s biggest vendor gathering for dance teachers and studio owners.
The 2011 dates include September 24-25, Long Beach, California; October 1-2, Atlanta, Georgia; October 8-9, New Jersey, and October 15-16, Chicago, Illinois.
The event is a showcase for costumes, competitions, conventions, video and teaching tools, tours, flooring, fundraisers, magazines, and many other attractions, with vendors showing their newest products and services to help teachers and studios owners with the business of dance.
Studio owners can review entire costume and dancewear lines. They also can speak one-on-one with company representatives and designers or chat with leaders in a wide range of other dance-related fields, including competition hosts, shoe manufacturers, flooring specialists, and photographers. For more in-depth information, attend any of the show’s brand new seminars, all led by experts in their fields. The event includes deals, exclusive show specials, prizes, and giveaways.
Admission to the show is free. For more information, visit www.udma.org.