"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. More faculty is added regularly. Don't miss out!

Burgess, Drew

Ohio native, Drew Burgess, made his industry debut on Live with Regis during Amazing Kids Week. Upon relocating to California, he trained at L.A.’s best studios including EDGE, Millennium, Fusion, and the PAC Annex. Drew is highly sought after as a performer, choreographer, guest teacher, dance supervisor, & dance captain. Drew has been on adjudication...

Duncan, Sandi

Sandi Duncan has been a dance educator in the New England area for over 35 years working with students of all ages. She owned and directed Dance Productions in Woburn, Ma for 9 years before becoming a senior faculty member at the Melissa Hoffman Dance Center in Hudson, NH. Sandi has taught, choreographed and adjudicated...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kozul, Kathy

Kathy Kozul is a former member of Boston Ballet and Boston Repertory Ballet, where she also served as ballet mistress and faculty member. She has danced leading roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Concerto Borocco, Allegro Brillante, and Tarantella. She has worked with many distinguished choreographers including Agnes DeMille, Merce Cunningham, and Choo San...

Kozul, Katie

Katie Kozul began her dance training at the Gold School in Brockton, Massachusetts under the direction of Rennie Gold and her mother, Kathy Kozul. She attended the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and later went on to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program. Kozul joined Hubbard Street 2 of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago...

Nemr, Andrew

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his...

O’Meara, Nancy

Nancy O'Meara is a choreographer Creative Director and occasional actress. O'Meara was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts with a strong technical background, trained in all forms of dance. Her choreography is known to be fast paced and powerful. She has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson,...

Tyler, Chris

Christopher Zondaflex Tyler Being an artist and entertainer was a destiny that dancer/choreographer Christopher Tyler could not avoid. He was introduced to the stage at an early age by his mother, who performed as a back-up singer and dancer. Chris discovered his own love for performing as a child, and his talent was undeniable. Chris...

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 under her mentor, Maureen Johnson,...
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