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Dance Studio Owners we are at the final day of DanceTeacherWeb Live Conference & Expo and we are overwhelmed at the response we have received the past few days! While every year brings new magic and inspiration, this year the energy was particularly contagious and seeing you all in your classes and chatting at the Expo was an amazing sight to see you all dive in, no holds barred; ready to learn and share your thoughts and vantage points as well. As we always say, we learn as much from you as you hopefully do from us! You are our inspiration to make each and every year's event better and better!

Our final day opened with our Expo breakfast sponsored by Motion and kicked off with morning movement classes such as "Boys in Ballet" with Christopher Stuart, "Afro Jazz Leaps and Turns" with Simone DePaolo, "Partnering and Choreography" with D'Valda & Sirico, "Musicality of Tap" with Aaron Turner, not to mention business classes including "Fundraising & Events" with Dawn Macchiarelli, "Social Media Strategies" with Kim Hale and "Marketing and Tracking" with Steve Sirico to name  few.

Our Expo Finale also brought cash and prizes from our amazing exhibitors and attendees were treated to a Closing Master-class with none other than Giulio Scatola. You guys rocked it! :)))

As we bid you farewell from this year's live event, we hope you take that energy, passion and rejuvenation with you and maintain it the whole year through. This event was for YOU, YOUR creative soul and YOUR artistic spirit. Now, remember, to take a little time for yourself throughout the year and stay recharged! We think you are all fantastic and look forward to connecting during the 2014-2015 season! We can't thank you enough for joining us and we look forward to seeing you all next year at the DTW Live Conference & Expo in 2015! Vegas Baby!

Safe travels home to you all....

Thank you for sharing your time, talent and dedication with us!

May it be your best year yet!

With Love,

-The DTW Family

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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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