With summer quickly approaching and summer plans filling the pages of our calendars it is an important time for us all as dance professionals to sit and think, ‘How can I better myself, my job, and my future this summer? How can I use this time to my best advantage?”
One answer is by attending one of the many Teacher and Studio conferences that are offered specifically during the summertime. Summer can be the perfect time for us all to take a step back, and really assess where we may have fallen short as a teacher this year, or where we excelled exceptionally well! Conferences give us the chance to step out of our comfort, inspiration, and personal zones in order to challenge ourselves as individual artists. The BEST conferences will offer an international faculty of master teachers. These people will be eager to share with you their knowledge and professional experience, and more importantly they’ll be open to discussions with you. It is through asking and answering questions that we really grow and develop. A good conference will also offer a business portion for you to attend. Management and business ideas will give you a huge advantage when you return to getting ready for the next dance season. Conferences are great opportunities to network and meet teachers from all over the world. DanceTeacherWeb.com (www.danceteacherweb.com) conference in Las Vegas last year had over 300 attendees from USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Panama! It also hosted a fantastic Expo loaded with great companies like Capezio, Costume Gallery, International Dance Supplies, Access Broadway, StageStep, and Dance Informa – just to name a few. These companies offer special promotions and offers saving you tons of money! I ask you then, why miss an opportunity to invest in yourself with a full years worth of material for your classes, choreography, and business! I highly recommend you visit www.danceteacherweb.com to book your summer conference, they’re really the best there is. Attentive to your needs as an individual, willing to answer all questions, personal conversations and contact, and able to demonstrate and communicate ideas effectively. It is really the best investment in yourself there is.