Magazine article Dance Teacher

It's a Wrap

Magazine article Dance Teacher

It's a Wrap

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We're fresh from Long Beach and our annual Dance Teacher Summit as this issue goes to press, still buzzing with ideas and countless stimulating conversations. We make the most extraordinary connections at DTS-it's summer camp for teachers, and many return year after year for the friends we've made, as well as for the information we crave.

I was particularly happy to catch up with Christy Curtis, who is on this month's cover. One thing she mentioned that really struck a chord is the role her mother has played in her business success. Not only did her mom (a single parent) pay for Curtis' dance education by working while attending college herself, but when Curtis opened her studio, her mom picked up and moved to North Carolina to work by her side. "She is my biggest cheerleader and has always instilled a 'you can do anything' confidence in me through constant support and love," says Curtis.

This is more common than you might think. When we interview studio owners for the magazine, often we learn their mothers are behind the front desk and in the office, managing business. Cheers to the unsung heroes who bring up dancers, then become their business partners!

Another highlight of DTS was spending time with Joe Tremaine, whom we honored with the Dance Teacher Award of Distinction. Joe is generous and humble, and it gave me great pleasure to introduce him onstage to an adoring room of dancers, choreographers and educators. He knew exactly what this crowd wanted to hear from him:

* "Dancers, please, stick with your home studio. …

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