"It is a wonderful thing to be able to be around so many dance educators who are focused in the same direction with a variety of approaches. I have always loved what I do and your amazing faculty reaffirms that!"
                      ~Marcia Sarosik, Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio; So. Lake Tahoe, CA

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Diverse teachers, speakers and special guests come together to bring you traditional and innovative curriculum. Along with our successful business presenters, you will find no better faculty than those at DanceLife Teacher Conference. Their up-close and personal approach will inspire you to be the best version of yourself!

Meet the faculty for 2019

Bellinger, Nailah

Ms. Randall-Bellinger holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University and a BA in Franco-African Literature from Scripps College in California. Her graduate work focused on Dance History and African American Literature, demonstrating how the body becomes text and text becomes movement. She was recently an assistant professor in the dance department at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, where she taught modern dance technique, dance composition, dance history, and dance in film survey. A...

Burgess, Drew

Ohio native, Drew Burgess, made his industry debut on Live with Regis during Amazing Kids Week. Upon relocating to California, he trained at L.A.’s best studios including EDGE, Millennium, Fusion, and the PAC Annex. Drew is highly sought after as a performer, choreographer, guest teacher, dance supervisor, & dance captain. Drew has been on adjudication panels for NexStar, Headliners, American Dance Awards, Dance Educators of America & 10 different regional DMA chapters. A former competitor...

Carter, Tom

TOM CARTER is still celebrating his decision to leave corporate life and join his wife Lee Newman full-time at the Stouffville Academy 10 years ago. The Stouffville Academy began as a dance school in a suburb of Toronto in 1993 and has grown to include music and drama. Tom is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a lifetime of music study and performance. He began his musical study with the accordion at the age of four,...

Celeste, Renee

Miss Renee comes from a very diverse background that includes being a director, choreographer, teacher, performer, writer, and mom! Renee has been teaching for over 18 years and has been the Artistic Director and owner of Front & Center for Performing Arts in Springfield, NJ for the past 16 years.  Her studio as well as her family were featured twice in DanceLife Magazine. She teaches many disciplines of dance, acting, and voice as well as...

Dever, Sean

SEAN DEVER is a CPA and financial planner based in Massachusetts. He provides tax, accounting, payroll, consulting and financial services to Dance, Gymnastics, Swim and other child sport centers throughout the United States. His specific areas of expertise include taxes, payroll, bookkeeping, financial planning, tax planning and business valuations for business buyers and sellers. Besides his experience as an accountant, Sean has owned and operated several small businesses, including several gymnastics schools, a dance studio,...

Duncan, Sandi

Sandi Duncan has been a dance educator in the New England area for over 35 years working with students of all ages. She owned and directed Dance Productions in Woburn, Ma for 9 years before becoming a senior faculty member at the Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, NH. Sandi has taught, choreographed and adjudicated for numerous dance organizations throughout the US and Canada. Choreography credits include The Revolve Tour for Grammy nominated recording artist,...

Frey, Kevin

Kevin Frey had one dream when he was young, and that dream was to become a professional dancer. Getting his training at dance studios in San Diego, California Kevin quickly became acquainted in various styles of dance such as Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. With his eyes always on the dream, he quickly moved to Los Angeles, the center of the commercial dance world. Kevin is currently living in Los Angeles working as...

Geary, Talonya

Talonya Geary, author of #goDo: How to Live on Purpose, is a social entrepreneur, consultant, and highly sought-after speaker with over 20 years of experience in business and professional development. Her passion for growth, accountability, and contribution inspired her to create FlawLes Media and FlawLes Magazine—serving as co-founder and Chief Eternal Optimist—as well as forming Suite T Consulting and working as its Principal Consultant and keynote speaker. Over the last decade, Talonya has brought her...

Gelchion, Maureen

Maureen Gelchion, Owner and School Director Maureen Gelchion has owned and directed Astoria Dance Centre Inc., in Queens, New York City, for 36 years. Maureen manages a staff of 15 teachers, sales associates and assistants. In addition to a full dance program she offers a variety of music and acting classes, including the Broadway Bound program. Her dance curriculum is extensive and she directs several unique preschool programs. Maureen also owns a separate dancewear store,...
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