The ever-popular and highly anticipated Dance Teacher Web Live (DTWLive), a four-day event that caters to dance teachers and studio owners, will take place on the east coast for the first time since it was first created in 2009. To be held at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, August 3-6, DTWLive will include an expo of the world’s top dance merchants, movement classes and business seminars. DTWLive anticipates close to 700 attendees this year and is offering an early bird rate for those who register by May 15.
“We are very excited to have a wonderful event planned, and this new location offers some great different options for attendees,” says Steve Sirico, co-founder of Dance Teacher Web. “I have been told by our attendees that what makes us unique is that we offer curriculum for all levels. This way, no matter what you teach, from preschool to recreational or advanced, we have classes that will give you great useable material. Plus, you won’t find our business seminars anywhere else.”
The decision to move the event to the east coast this year, as it’s usually held in Las Vegas, stemmed from Sirico and his wife’s growing relationships with dance teachers in the area and the location of their own studio in Connecticut for the past 28 years.
Sirico says DTWLive has an amazing lineup of master teachers, including Aaron Turner, Liz Imperio, Simone DePaolo and Wayne Sleep, and business professionals such as Misty Lown, Robert Landau and Joy Gendusa. Movement sessions will offer fresh content and ideas for dance classes, syllabi for all dance styles and choreography strategies for all levels. Business-centered classes will highlight management and marketing strategies, financial and insurance plans and more. All seminars aim to enhance business, and participants can mix any combination of movement and business classes as they see fit.
Sirico and his wife, Angela D’Valda Sirico, along with Robert Landau, will also present a pre-conference seminar on “The Ultimate Leadership for the Dance Professional”, which is only open to 50 participants and is already quickly filling up. For the third year in a row, DTWLive will offer the Dance Teacher University Program, a new and progressive teacher certification.
“Our event is strictly for the dance professional and dance studio staff,” Sirico adds. “No students or parents. Our event is about giving back to the busy dance teacher, studio owner and dance studio business staff.”
Sirico’s favorite aspect of each year’s DTWLive event is connecting and reconnecting with the teachers.
“It is great to see everyone network and build a lasting relationship with their peers. We have so much fun hearing about everyone’s successes and if they have had issues, as we can all brainstorm on how to make things better!”
This year’s location, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, is located in scenic Connecticut and is easily accessible by plane, train, bus, ferry or car. The resort also offers many activities aside from the DTWLive classes and seminars. DTWLive offers a special room rate of $139 per night, which can be redeemed by calling the hotel at 1-800-369-9663 and asking for the Dance Teacher Web rate.
For more information on DTWLive and how to register for this year’s first-ever east coast event, head to www.dtwconference.com.
By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.
Photo (top): A Dance Teacher Web Live class for dance teachers and studio owners. Photo courtesy of Steve Sirico.