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

Schrader, Derrick

Derrick Schrader is a touring faculty member of Tremaine Dance Conventions and the Assistant Director of the Tremaine Performance Company. Incorporating his musical upbringing and extensive fusion training in all genres of dance, his classes are always something exciting and unique. His work focusses on musicality and intent and has...

Simpson, Pam

Pam Simpson is the founder, president, and driving force behind Forte Arts Center, which was established in Morris, Illinois in 1993. In addition to building her business from a small, one room studio to a large, multi-location organization with 14 classrooms that offers dance and tumbling instruction as well as...

Sleight, Jackie

Jackie Sleight is fearless. Her dedication to education in the dance industry has been endless. Dance Magazine quoted Jackie as "the teachers’ teacher," and she has received numerous awards honoring her commitment to the industry. Jackie has an amazing eye for discovering young talent early on, and knows how to...

Soutier, Michelle

Michelle is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. Michelle is the Past President of Carolina Dance Masters and is a member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. Michelle also serves on...

Stallcup, Julie Kay

Julie Kay Stallcup is a nationally recognized leader in dance education.  Her seminars and engaging keynote addresses are sold out at dance teacher conferences and conventions across the country. Her success is a result of integrating high-quality, rigorous dance training, and a commitment to mentor each and every dancer with integrity...

Sweet, Denele

Denele Sweet began her dancing career at the tiny age of 2 years old in Portland Oregon. Competing and traveling was a large part of her dance life while growing up, and at age 8 she expanded her repertoire to include competitive ballroom dancing which took her all over the...

Wanner, Heather

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Heather studied under choreographers, directors and companies including The Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Thommie Walsh. Heather performed in various dance competitions and honed her craft as a child at Joanne Reagan Dance Studios, Jersey Cape Dance Academy, and The Summer Arts Institute of New Jersey.  Heather spent many...

Yip, Mandy

Mandy grew up at Martin School of Dancing, a multi disciplinary studio in Saskatchewan, Canada.  She was a member of the celebrated competition team at Martin, and a member of the pre-professional dance troupe ‘The Martinettes’ during her time at the studio. She loved everything about the studio, and apprenticed...