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Greetings everyone! We’re back with another recap from Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo here at the beautiful Red Rock Resort and hope you all had another exciting, fulfilling, productive and fun day!

What a better way to start off our morning with a beautiful poolside breakfast and Fashion Show sponsored by Costume Gallery while being serenaded to the incredible reggae sounds of “Dreads of Steel” to get things going?!

In between my own classes today, I saw attendees buzzing throughout the hallways chatting about the amazing classes they had just taken and the energy was contagious! Today featured classes including: “Introducing Rhythms” with Judy Ann Bassing, “Pick up Skills” with Liz Imperio, “Afro Jazz Combinations” with Simone DePaolo , “Contemporary” with Justin Giles, “Technique of Turning” with James Whiteside, “Turn Combinations” with Christopher Stuart, “Style for Broadway” with Richard Hines and “Improvisation for Teachers” with me, Jessica Rizzo…just to name a few!

We are also thrilled to have provided our DTU attendees with a day of classes including; the always anticipated “Lyrical” class with D’Valda Sirico, “Jazz” with Steve Sirico, “Professional Makeup” with Christine Dion, “Anatomy” with Dolly Kelepecz, and “Modern” with Louis Kavouras.

During our “VIVA LAS VEGAS” break in the Expo, attendees were also greeted by the King himself, Elvis Presley and those gorgeous showgirls, where photo-ops were a must to show family and friends on Facebook and Instagram!  Nothing like a little Vegas souvenir to bring back…;))

Be sure to follow all of our photo montages throughout the week on Instagram under “danceteacherweb” and relive the memories we are making! Nobody does it like Dance Teacher Web!

Save some energy for tomorrow and get ready for our final day of the event with a jam packed morning full of classes followed by our Expo Finale, Closing Endnote Presentation and Closing Master Class! It is a day not to be missed!

As always, we hope you had a wonderful and productive day and those creative juices are stirring!

We’ll see you in the morning!

Thank you again for sharing your talents and passion with us!


-The DTW Family




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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