Dance Teacher Summit empowers instructors

Dance Teacher Summit NYC 2014Dance Teacher Summit will return to the Big Apple this summer to host three days of fantastic movement sessions, seminars and workshops led by top master teachers on August 1-3. A conference designed for studio owners, dance teachers, K-12 educators, dance professors and teaching assistants from across the globe, Dance Teacher Summit will take place at the Hilton New York, featuring the Capezio A.C.E. Awards on Saturday, August 2.


The Summit will present movement classes with legendary teachers and choreographers, with this year’s faculty including Donna Aravena, Sheila Barker, Judy Ann Bassing, Andy Blankenbuehler, Tony Dovolani, Finis Jhung, Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Sonya Tayeh and Deborah Vogel. New guests artists join returning favorites for one of the most well-rounded faculties you’ll find anywhere. Master choreographer Twyla Tharp will also make a special appearance this year.


In addition to movement classes, business seminars will be offered to provide attendees with essential advice, innovative ideas and practical information for running their business. These include multi-media presentations, round-table discussions, interactive panels and expert guest speakers.


The Melinda Sullivan Project presents New York City in August 2013 as part of the Capezio A.C.E. Awards Winners FestivalPlus, to assist conference attendees further, the Summit hosts an exhibit hall every year that features the newest dance products and services available. With more than 200 vendors gathered in one convenient place, the Summit makes teachers’ and studio owners’ research for all things dance a whole lot easier. Plus, teachers can receive special discounts and possibly win free giveaways.


One of the many aspects that make the Summit unique is its commitment to supporting emerging choreographers and giving them a chance to premiere work. Since 2009, it hosts the Capezio A.C.E. Awards competition, an annual opportunity for choreographers to present their work, share their skills and win prizes. Now in its sixth season, the 2014 A.C.E. Awards’ Finals will be presented August 2.


The ultimate prize winner of the A.C.E. Awards receives a $15,000 production budget, features them in a Capezio advertisement in dance magazines, and gives them recognition in 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards promotions. The first runner up then receives $5,000 and the second runner up receives $3,000.


For more information on Dance Teacher Summit NYC or the Capezio A.C.E. Awards, visit


Photo: The Melinda Sullivan Project presents New York City in August 2013 as part of the Capezio A.C.E. Awards Winners Festival, which Sullivan won the honor of presenting choreography at after being named the 2012 Capezio A.C.E. Award Winner. The work features Amber Dupuy, Stephanie Wolfe, Tiffany Daniels, Tiffany Rae Mallari, Nikki Medrano and Bianca L. Revels. Photo by Wallace Flores. Light design by Derek Van Heel.

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