"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

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...

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 teacher: The Time Step Dictionary Volumes One and Two, Acrobatics for the Dance Studio, Variables for Teaching Tap, Music Theory for the Dance Studio, and her latest series of books, Step by...

Hale, Kim

Kim Hale has served as Head of Marketing and Social Media at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles since 2013. This led her to create Your Big Beautiful Dance Brand, a consulting business dedicated to educating and assisting Dance Studio Owners and Dance Brands on everything from marketing to social media. Her list of Social Media clients have included Debbie Allen, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy , Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies , the...

Hoffman, Melissa

Melissa Hoffman is the director of one of the largest schools in New Hampshire, the Melissa Hoffman Dance Center, 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. Melissa is a seasoned and admired business speaker who offers practical strategies to managing a successful team and...

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 UK and Taiwan. His most recent work is Choreographing the first ever Live Stage Show for Lionsgate Films “STEP UP”...

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 for every major dance organization across the U.S. and Canada, including Dance Works in London, Dance Educators of America, International...

Kozul, Kathy

Kathy Kozul is a former member of the Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet. She has worked with renowned choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham and Cho San Gogh. She has danced leading roles in many ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Concerto Barocco and Allegro Brilliante. She has been on the faculty of the Boston Ballet, Boston Repertory Ballet and the Gold School! She is currently on the faculty at the Walnut Hill School...
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