"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. More faculty is added regularly. Don't miss out!

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...

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...

Carter, Tom

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, while his mother saved in order to afford a piano. He continued his studies at the world-renowned Saint Michael's Choir School, where he studied voice, piano, organ, guitar,...

Celeste, Renee

Renee Celeste is a studio owner, director, choreographer, teacher, performer, writer, and mom. She has been teaching for over 20 years and is the artistic director and owner of Front and Center for Performing Arts in Springfield, NJ. A specialist in teaching musical theatre for young children, Renee is a co-author of Leap ‘N Learn for...

Duldulao, Gil

Gil Duldulao is one of the most sought after artistic directors in the music industry today.  From dance student to professional dancer to mega-artist choreographer, Gil Duldulao has climbed the ranks of the creative ladder in an astoundingly short period.  Truly an island boy at heart, Gil studied dance at Big City Productions and 24/7...

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...

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...

Gelchion, Maureen

Maureen Gelchion, Owner and School Director Maureen has owned Astoria Dance Centre Inc. for the past 33 years. She is the owner of A Dancer’s Closet one of Queen’s only authorized Capezio retail stores. She has been a dance educator for 40 years. Her school offers has a full curriculum of dance styles, as well...

Gold, Rhee

Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has single-handedly led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and school owners from across the globe flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh perspectives and learn positive solutions that inspire new levels of empowerment, self-confidence and...

Goldberg, Thelma

Thelma Goldberg grew up in Cambridge, MA, where she studied at Bates School of Dance with Grace C. Bates and Joan F. O’Brien. After graduating from College and earning a Master’s in Special Education, she taught in the Boston Public School system for 8 years. She founded The Dance Inn in 1983, and in 1997 she...

Gomez, Tricia

Tricia Gomez, Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and creator of the popular Hip Hop In a Box, is considered a pioneer in early childhood hip hop education. She’s blazing a new path of opportunity for students who have learning differences and special needs by educating dance teachers on all aspects of becoming an...

Gudat, Diane

Diane Gudat is a freelance writer, teacher and choreographer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She now teaches at the studio she owned, The Dance Company, for more than 26 years and has been a dance educator for more than 40 years. She is the author of seven dance books specifically designed for the dance teacher: "The Time...

Hale, Kim

Mentored by Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, Kim Hale is a creative talent on the rise. Known for her ability to take a project from inception to fruition, Kim continues to say "YES" to new opportunities to explore her creativity in all mediums. A former professional dancer, Kim has discovered a new purpose "Behind the Scenes" guiding...

Hoffman, Melissa

Melissa Hoffman is the director of one of the largest schools in New Hampshire with hundreds of students and an 8,000 square foot facility, which she designed and built. Her more than 30 years of teaching experience combined with her business savvy have led her to a very successful career in dance education. She is a...

Hubela, Geo

With over 20 years experience in the Entertainment Industry, GEO Hubela is a Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer & Teacher. He also is Co-owner and Director of one of New Jerseys leading Dance Education facilities, ICON DANCE COMPLEX, home of the ICONic Dance Company. GEO has choreographed internationally for stage and screen in France, Germany, the...

Knecht, Fred

Fred Knecht has been a dance educator for more than sixty years, serving as a master teacher, school owner and world respected artist. Mr. Knecht has served as a faculty member for the Dance Masters of America and the Dance Teachers club of Boston’s Teacher’s Training Programs. He has served as a master dance teacher...

Kozul, Kathy

Kathy Kozul is a former member of Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet, where she also served as ballet mistress and faculty member. She has danced leading roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, and Tarantella. She has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham, and Choo San...

Kozul, Katie

Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and later went on to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. Kozul joined Hubbard Street 2 of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago...

Lamontagne, Debbie

Debbie Lamontagne graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Education Course in 1973 and is a 40 year member of that organization. While attending Castle Junior College in Windham, New Hampshire, Debbie became the co-director of Marilyn’s School of Dance in 1973. She then became the director of North Andover School of Dance & Gymnastics...

Mahler, Roni

Roni Mahleris a former ballerina who was trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda. Ms. Mahler performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career in her teens with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. For over three decades, Roni was the Artistic Associate of...

Mailloux, Lisa

Lisa Mailloux is the former owner/Director of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio of Portsmouth, RI.  The studio was in operation for 25 years, with hundreds of students passing through its’ doors. Her students have gone on to dance in higher education, own studios, perform in companies, on cruise ships and in national tours. Lisa is a...

Mangiaratti, Teri

Teri Mangiaratti is the owner and director of In Sync Center of the Arts in Quincy MA. Her school has grown to more than 1,200 students featuring dance programs for all ages and levels as well as music, yoga, theater and art programs. Her first school opened in 1996 in Weymouth MA, her second location in...

Matkowski, Dori

Dori Matkowski is the artistic director for the Dynamic Dancers Performing Company. She has been the CEO for the Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in Michigan since 1982. After her own career in modeling, commercials, videos, dance, stage and acting, she now guides careers for students who are working all over the world as entertainers....

Milan, Ricci

Ricci Milan attended Larkin Dance Studio for 12 years. He than did the "New York Thing" for a year. In that time he performed tap and hip-hop dance for the NBA, PBS, Compaq computers, choreographer showcases, botmisfas, the NCAA final four, on subway platforms, and he worked with award winning recording artist “Mya. Ricci also...

Neal, Patty

Patty Neal is the founder and CEO of the Dance Spectrum studio in Buffalo, New York. Ms. Neal started dancing at the age of 7, and taught her first dance class at age 16. While teaching dance and attending nursing school in the 70’s, she was a principle member of “Am Dance in Concert”, the first...

Nemr, Andrew

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his...

Newman, Lee

More than just the studio owner, Lee is involved in the development of all dance students, teaching many of them directly. Lee has assisted the faculty at York University where she completed her Masters Degree in Dance, teaching Jazz & Dance Pedagogy classes, in addition working as a TA for Dance Injury Prevention, and Dance...

O’Meara, Nancy

Nancy O'Meara is a choreographer Creative Director and occasional actress. O'Meara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a strong technical background, trained in all forms of dance. Her choreography is known to be fast paced and powerful. She has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson,...

Perna, Hedy

Hedy Perna and her husband Patrick are celebrating their 29th year as Directors of the Perna Dance Center, a family owned and operated, non-competitive dance studio in Hazlet, New Jersey. Hedy is active in dance organizations that promote the education of teachers and students.  She is President Emeritus of Associated Dance Teachers of NJ and...

Schmiedeke, Lisa

Lisa Schmiedeke Lisa fell in love with dancing as a child and through the years has developed an appreciation for the art of dance and a joy for sharing her passion with others. Her training began in Chicago and continued throughout other areas of the country, until she settled here in Tampa. Lisa has a...

Schwimmer, Lacey

Lacey Schwimmer is perhaps best known for her success as a finalist on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (season 3) and as one of the most popular professional dancers on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (six consecutive seasons). Lacey has choreography and artistic direction credits on DWTS, Strictly Come Dancing, and So You Think You Can Dance. Other choreography credits include Las Vegas...

Simpson, Pam

Pam is in her 24thseason as the owner/director of Forte Arts Center in Illinois. She has extensive training in both dance education and business as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University. She is also a Rhythm Works Integrative Certified Instructor. Pam loves sharing her knowledge of dance with her students, judging...

Soutier, Michelle

Michelle is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. She has been recognized for outstanding achievements in dance. Michelle is the President of Carolina Dance Masters, and is a member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. Michelle...

Tate, Katy

Katy Tate is a creative director, choreographer and master teacher. Some credits include Bette Midler's The Showgirl Must Go On, Peepshow, Disney, Universal, Oprah, The View, Ellen, Dancing with the Stars, UNLV Artist in Residence, Life is Beautiful, Chicago and more. For 7 years she served as Dance Master at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque...

Tyler, Chris

Christopher Zondaflex Tyler Being an artist and entertainer was a destiny that dancer/choreographer Christopher Tyler could not avoid. He was introduced to the stage at an early age by his mother, who performed as a back-up singer and dancer. Chris discovered his own love for performing as a child, and his talent was undeniable. Chris...

Tyler, Jenny

Jenny Tyler was raised in Nashville Tennessee and has been dancing her whole life. Daughter of a dance studio owner she was basically born into a huge dance family. Her mother and aunt raised her to take at multiple studios to get the most education in dance she could. She did shows as a child for Kids for Saving Earth, Just...

Warren, Tyler

Tyler Warren is a Dancer, Choreographer, Performer, and California Native. Tyler holds a degree in Dramatic Arts, Theatre emphasis, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, with National Tour and Regional credits including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “High School Musical”, “Damn Yankees”, “Kiss Me, Kate”, “Evita”, “The Sound of Music”, and “Anything...

Yip, Mandy

Mandy grew up at Martin School of Dancing, a multi disciplinary studio in Saskatchewan, Canada.  She was a member of the celebrated competition team at Martin, and a member of the pre-professional dance troupe ‘The Martinettes’ during her time at the studio. She loved everything about the studio, and apprenticed under her mentor, Maureen Johnson,...
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