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We here at Dance Teacher Web would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been an eventful one for us and we’re sure it has been for you too. It’s hard to believe another full year has gone by so quickly. You have all grown with the successes, changes and challenges of the year and persevered.

This is the time of year however, when we should remember we are here on this earth for what is a brief moment. Now is the time to take a big breath, slow down for a minute and enjoy the fruits of our labor. This is also the time of year when we can reflect on why we do what we do and how lucky we are to do it every day.

As dance teachers and studio owners we are always on the go; sometimes forgetting to allow ourselves a period of respite. It may be the season of giving and doing one for others but we’d like to say thank you to all of you, who do this day in and day out all year through. Your students couldn’t do it without you. So, this season allow yourself to just STOP……for a moment and take a look at all you have achieved and provided for others and how you’ve affected all these dancers lives. Enjoy. Take a moment to smile and feel grateful for all that is upon you and for all you have accomplished. Life will always ebb and flow but is precious and short and seems to go by quicker and quicker with every year. Allow this season to be one you truly appreciate and enjoy with your family and loved ones.

May the New Year bring you even more success, happiness and abundance and may your students thrive and achieve all the goals you and your faculty set out for them. We will be thinking of you and are here to celebrate the momentous occasions 2020 has in store for you.

Wishing peace and harmony to you and your loved ones always. Let’s continue to be the change we want to see in the world.

Have the most wonderful of holidays and the happiest, healthiest of New Years.

With so much love & appreciation,

The Dance Teacher Web Family

See you in the dance studio…in 2024! :)


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Jessica Rizzo Stafford

Jessica Rizzo Stafford

Jessica Rizzo Stafford is a native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Steinhardt's Dance Education Master’s Program; with a PK-12 New York State Teaching Certification. Her double-concentration Master’s Degree includes PK-12 pedagogy and dance education within the higher-education discipline. She also holds a BFA in dance performance from the UMASS Amherst 5 College Dance Program where she was a Chancellor's Talent Award recipient. Jess now works extensively with children, adolescents and professionals as choreographer and teacher and conducts national and international master-classes specializing in the genres of modern, contemporary, musical theatre and choreography-composition. Jess’ national and international performance career includes works such as: The National Tour of Guys & Dolls, The European Tour of Grease, West Side Story, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Salute to Dudley Moore at Carnegie Hall, guest-dancer with the World Famous Pontani Sisters and IMPULSE Modern Dance Company. Jess has been a faculty member for the Perichild Program & Peridance Youth Ensemble & taught contemporary and jazz at the historic New Dance Group and 92nd Street Y in NYC. She was Company Director at the historic Steffi Nossen School of Dance/Dance in Education Fund and in 2008 traveled to Uganda where she taught creative-movement to misplaced children. The experience culminated with Jess being selected as a featured instructor at the Queen's Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School. She has conducted workshops for the cast of LA REVE at the Wynn, Las Vegas and recently taught at the 2011 IDS International Dance Teacher Conference at The Royal Ballet in London, UK. She is also on faculty for the annual Dance Teacher Web Conferences in Las Vegas, NV. Currently, Jess is a faculty member at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre and master teacher & adjudicator for various national and international dance competitions. Recently, she has finished her NYU Master’s thesis research on the choreographic process of technically advanced adolescent dancers and is the creator of “PROJECT C;” a choreography-composition curriculum for the private studio sector. Jess is also faculty member, contributing writer and presenter in the choreography and “how to” teaching segments on the celebrated For more info, visit her website at

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