Get Fired Up! – Dance Teacher Summit Is Here!

Dance Teacher Summit - Dance Studio HeroesMark your calendars! On August 1st through the 3rd, master dance teachers and top-notch business coaches join together for the Dance Teacher Summit in 2014. The event will take place at the New York City Hilton. This sophisticated hotel is located at Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center. Conveniently located in the heart of business headquarters and media centers. Just a short distance from Broadway theaters, Times Square and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shopping, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, and Central Park. There will be no lack of things to do when you’re not attending movement sessions, workshops, and seminars at the Dance Teacher Summit.

Dance Teacher Summit – DON’T MISS IT!


Dance Studio Owners & Teachers – You don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event! The collaboration and sharing of information you’ll receive from the hosts are invaluable. Attendees include dance studio owners, studio teachers, K-12 educators, dance professors, and teaching assistants from around the world. The faculty for the event include legendary master teachers and some of the world’s most influential choreographers. Make contacts that will last a lifetime and put your Dance Studio on the map for good!

Don’t Miss These People!

Tawney Giles

See and feel Tawney’s undeniable mastery of movement! Tawney has been dancing her way into the hearts of her admirers since the age of three, when she decided she wanted to be a dancer just like her mom. Tawney’s skills and industry contacts are legendary within the dance community.

Tawney’s a member of the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and remains active in teaching and choreography at Southern Strutt. She also works with the Pee Wee Company instructing young children. Tawney credits her extensive knowledge to her mother, her first inspiration.

Gregg Russell

Gregg’s choreography skills and techniques will give you ideas that you can apply to your own Dance Studio performances! His unique style and approach has been utilized by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Gregg, an Emmy nominated choreographer, has worked with Gregory Hines, Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, and Kenny Ortega. “Gregg brings to tap an eclectic mix of style including hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical, with a traditional base, reminiscent of Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers.  It is a joy to watch him dance”- Kenny Ortega, Emmy Award winning Director and Choreographer.  He is full of positive energy and great ideas to keep any time of the year exciting at the dance studio.

Our own CEO Jake Joe loves Gregg Russell: “He’s the man…  studio dancers will be inspired.”

Denise Wall

You don’t want to miss out what Denise has to say! Denise will be giving a class called “Tech Talk”. She’ll explain how she uses her shows as a teaching tool for her students who want to dance professionally. Every dance professional has something to offer that can enhance your own Dance Studio’s value and Denise is sure to inspire!

Denise has been a teacher and award winning choreographer for over 25 years. Some of her students have performed on Broadway, television, commercials, film, and continued their dancing career with professional companies. She has worked with Teddy Riley, Blackstreet, Chauncy Hanniblal, and group 8th Ave. Her style is described as “innovative and expressive”.  Her knowledge and over all experience exceeds almost all in the industry today.

Sonya Tayeh

Sonya electrifies the world of dance with her outstanding choreography! Taking a class with Sonya is something every Dance Studio Owner, Dance Teacher, And Student should experience. Her cutting-edge approach to choreographing dance routines is why the big stars seek out her creative proficiency and know-how!

As a dance teacher and choreographer, Sonya has choreographed for Madonna, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, the Los Angeles Ballet, and the San Jose Repertory Theater. In 2007, an agent from McDonald Selznick Associates contacted and signed her on with the agency. Three months after signing, she was booked as a choreographer for the television series So You Think You Can Dance, which led to an Emmy nomination for her work on season nine. She continues to be an active teacher at dance studios and conventions around the world.

Joanne Chapman

Joanne can show all Dance Studio Owners valuable techniques for keeping their students engaged and in love with dance! Joanne will share her expertise on how to create and grow a strong competitive team that keeps the dancers excited about what they are doing. Join her class and soak in knowledge from her years of experience working with some of the most influential dance organizations in the world!

Joanne is currently a faculty member at Dance Masters of Americas Teachers Training School at the State University of New York in Buffalo. She has her Fellowship in the British Association of the Teachers of Dancing and she is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Joanne established the Joanne Chapman School of Dance in 1973. Her main goal, as a teacher, is to share her knowledge and instill a love of dance into her students.  Having a successful dance studio business, and being a successful teacher and choreographer, puts her at the front for being both influential and motivational.

Jessica Scheitler

Jessica is the premier leader on the financial side of the arts! Learn how to manage your Dance Studio finances by the best!  This is so important!  And besides the classes of how to teach better, this is the main reason you’re going to Dance Teacher Summit – To learn and build your business.

Jessica owns Financial Groove. Her company specializes in organizing, creating, and facilitating the best bookkeeping, tax services and systems practices to ensure success for businesses in the arts.

Jessica will be offering three classes:

  • Dance Studio Business 101 – key to profitability, best practices, avoiding common mistakes, building confidence, and bringing your vision to life

  • Take Your Taxes to the Max – making the right tax moves, tips and tricks for tax returns, write-off strategies, plan for new tax law changes, and how you could use your extra money for your studio

  • Is The Price Right? – pricing your classes and your studio products, crunching numbers, finding balance with work and private life, and a recipe for financial success

Visit the Exhibit Hall and Check Out These Great Companies

Jackrabbit Dance

Jackrabbit Dance is the premiere software company that can bring your dance studio into the 21st Century and bring you peace of mind! Their software streamlines your business activities with online registration, website integration, class listings, customer portal, an events calendar and much more.  The job Jackrabbit does will take 3 employees to do.  Did we mention they’re really inexpensive too?

Katrina Activewear

Check out Katrina Activewear! They carry great lines of premier dance wear and more that your dancers and aspiring dancers will love to work hard in. Comfort, durability, and style is their goal and they consistently meet that goal!  A dance wear line that is designed by one of the leading convention teachers.


NappyTabs carries the latest in hip! This company understands the style of today and they prove it with each new line. Don’t miss their exhibit, it’s sure to catch your eye.  And honestly, who doesn’t adore the Nappytabs!  They’re an outstanding duo!

Star Systems

Be sure to stop by our friends at  Star Systems, the national talent competition founded and owned by Marcy Tuttle. Check dates and locations that work for your studio! Star Systems hosts some of the best and FAIREST dance competitions throughout the U.S. Don’t miss out on their outstanding dance competition events that let your students shine like the stars they are!

Twinkle Star Dance

You don’t want to miss the Twinkle Star Dance presentation! A video-aide tool for teaching children ages 2 through 10. Here’s what one dance studio had to say, “We are pleased to be using the Twinkle Star program at The Dance Zone this year! We have found it to be a well-rounded, effective program for teaching technique to young dancers in a fun, accessible way! We have about 10 teachers teaching the Twinkle Stars program in over 50 recreational classes, for ages 2-10.”  This program will keep your kids in the classrooms!

Hats Off To Gil Stroming

Without Gil, the Break the Floor Production employees and helpers, and everyone else contributing to Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Studio owners would be one step behind.  Gil and these outstanding individuals truly have character and class.  Without a doubt, they want to see the future of dance grow.  They know that it starts with the Dance Studios, Owners, and the teachers, and that is why they are willing to do just about anything to make you succeed!

Have A Great Time!

We know you’re going to be taking many business classes and marketing classes.  If you’re going with a team – split up and cover as much as possible.  Buy a cheap audio recorder and make sure to get as many classes as possible under your belt.  YES PEOPLE DO THIS!  If there are any marketing questions that maybe you didn’t have time to get answered then please let us know.  We would be glad to help you out!

PS!  Leave Comments of all the fun things you learned!  If you need questions answered include them with your comment!

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