"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

Gelchion, Maureen

Maureen Gelchion, Owner and School Director Maureen Gelchion has owned and directed Astoria Dance Centre Inc., in Queens, New York City, for 36 years. Maureen manages a staff of 15 teachers, sales associates and assistants. In addition to a full dance program she offers a variety of music and acting classes, including the Broadway Bound program. Her dance curriculum is extensive and she directs several unique preschool programs. Maureen also owns a separate dancewear store,...

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 personal accomplishment. Launching his first school at the age of fifteen, at a low-income housing project, he learned that dance...

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 became executive director of, “Dance Inn Productions”, which produced annual International Tap Day Festivals that honored master tappers. In 2014...

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 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 Step Dictionary" Volumes One and Two, "Acrobatics for the Dance Studio", "Variables for Teaching Tap", "Music Theory for the Dance...

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 and supporting the vision of artists at every stage in their career. For the past three years Kim has worked...

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 regular contributor to Dance Studio Life magazine, and has been featured in Dance Teacher Now, Dance Magazine, as well as DanceLifeTV.com. She has presented at...

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...
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