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

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 quality resources, programs and keynote presentations. Jane has been where every studio owner is, and nothing excites her more than helping others succeed in business,...

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 (honoring Steve Martin), Hershey Park, Issac Mizrahi for QVC, The Miss America Organization,The National YoungArts Foundation, New York Musical Festival (nomination for choreography), The Joffrey...

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...

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...

Mangiaratti, Teri

Teri Mangiaratti is the owner and artistic director of In Sync Center of the Arts in Quincy, Massachusetts. In Sync teaches over 1,500 students weekly in various dance, toddler, music, theater, and art programs. In Sync opened in 1996 in Weymouth, MA, and is celebrating its 24th year in business. She added another location in Milton, MA in 1997 and then merged both studios into the current 8,000 square foot Quincy location in 2009. Currently Teri...

Michaels, Jessica

Jess, a native of Newtown, CT, has over 10 years of national and international professional dance performance experience that took her from New York City to Los Angeles to London to Tokyo. With her business savvy and entrepreneurial drive, Jessica’s non-performance achievements include: Co-Founder/ Dance Director of the Atlantic Arts Academy, a pre-professional performing arts academy in Jupiter, FL and the Founder of JAM cosmetics, a healthier stage makeup line for dancers and live performance artists....

Milan, Brittany

Brittany Milan began her dance journey at the age of 2. She grew up dancing at her mother’s dance studio, Summit Dance School, in Detroit Lakes, MN.  After graduation Brittany went on to receive a BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  Since her graduation in 2006 she has been actively performing, choreographing and teaching in the Minneapolis area.  Some of her  performance credits include performing with Ananya Dance Theatre (a contemporary...

Milan, Ricci

Ricci Milan attended Larkin Dance Studio for 12 years. He then 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 taught competion kids in New Jersey and joined up with some guys to create the original cast of "Break the...