FACULTY

"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

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 2020 FACULTY

Brettingham-Filice, Rebecca

Rebecca Brettingham-Filice is the Owner and Artistic Director of Dance Extreme, Inc. in London, Ontario. Rebecca has years of studio owner and dance teacher experience. She believes strongly in the power of social media as marketing tool for dance business and a way to advocate for dance as art.

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...

Chaney, LaShonda

LaShonda has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University. She started her performing career as a dancer for the NBA, New Jersey Nets, as well as a dancer for the NJ Rockin’ Rollers Hockey Team. Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating...

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,...

Dickinson, Patricia

Patricia Dickinson is Director/Owner of Dance Theatre Southwest and Artistic Director/Founder of Festival Ballet Albuquerque. She began training with Nancy Robison Stone and the Southern Ballet of Atlanta under Karen Conrad, formerly with American Ballet and Pittman Corry. She was a scholarship recipient at the North Carolina School for the Arts, studied at the Graham Conservatory in New York, and received a BFA degree with honors from Southern Methodist University. During these years, she studied...

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,...

Gold, Rhee

Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and studio owners from the United States, Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom and more flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh perspectives. His columns, inspirational messages, and opinions are shared all over the world. Launching his first school at the...

Goldberg, Thelma

Thelma Goldberg founded The Dance Inn, a Lexington, MA dance studio serving more than 450 students weekly, in 1983. Her non-competitive school has three dance companies serving youth, teens and adults and provides a pre-professional program that introduces students to all genres of dance. She serves on the faculty of the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Teacher Training Program and the Beantown Tap Fest. Her passionate advocacy for the art of tap dancing resulted in...

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 inclusive studio. Applying evidence-based practices from occupational therapy, physical therapy, and ABA therapy, Tricia and her team of clinical advisors...