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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Grech, Jane

As writer, speaker and sought after thought leader, Jane Grech created Dance Studio Success to share her knowledge and experiences regarding her passions: Dance Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. With over 20 years experience as a dance teacher, Dance Studio Owner and more recently a studio growth coach, Jane designs high...

Griffin, Billy

Billy Griffin is a New York City based choreographer and educator. Select choreography credits include the National Tour of Friends! The Musical Parody, as well as work for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival featuring So You Think You Can Dance winner Ricky Ubeda, The Red Bucket Follies for BC/EFA, The Drama League Gala...

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 28 years and has been a dance educator for more than 45 years. She is the author of seven dance books specifically designed for the dance...